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Viscosupplements

A further conservative option for Osteoarthritis is viscosupplementation. This involves injecting a gel-like substance known as Hyaluronic acid into a joint. Hyaluronic acid contains sodium hyaluronate which is a naturally occurring substance that is found in the synovial membrane/fluid which helps lubricate and act as a shock absorber within a healthy joint. In osteoathritis the quality of this substance declines, by re-introducing this it acts as a lubricant to enable the joint to function better, causing less irritation and in turn reducing pain.

The most commonly injected area is the knee; however, Hyaluronic acid can be used at a number of different anatomical locations. These injections are not only limited to osteoarthritis and can sometimes be used in other musculoskeletal conditions such as tendinopathies.

Conditions Used for

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Osteoarthritis
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Tendinopathy

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Josh Wheatley

MSc Phys, MCSP, HCPC, PgD Med Ultrasound, Dip Inj Therapy, Independent Prescriber

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Michael Bryant

Consultant MSK Physiotherapist, Sonographer, Independent Prescriber

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