Hyaluronic Acid (Supartz or Synvisc) for Osteoarthritis of the Knee

Supartz injections are approved for the treatment of osteoarthritis of the knee in those who have failed to respond to simple painkillers, exercise, or physical therapy. Supartz is injected directly into the knee joint (after the area is numbed with lidocaine) to restore the cushioning and lubricating properties of normal joint fluid.

Supartz is a natural chemical of highly purified Sodium Hyaluronate that comes from rooster combs. It is in the classification of medications that are referred to as visco supplements. Hyaluronate is a natural chemical found in the body and is present in particularly high amounts of joint tissues and in the fluid that fills the joint itself. The body’s own hyaluronate is a lubricant and shock absorber in the joint and is needed for the joint to work properly. In osteoarthritis there is usually a reduction in hyaluronate in the tissues and the joint and there may be a change in the quality of the hyaluronate itself.

This injection helps decrease knee pain and inflammation and increases your ability to enjoy everyday activities. The improvement and duration of symptom relief is dependent on the severity of your arthritis and can last up to 12 months.

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