Viscosupplementation is a safe and effective way to treat osteoarthritis.
What is Osteoarthritis?
Osteoarthritis is the softening and breakdown of the joint cartilage. This breakdown eventually leads to problems with the synovial fluid – the oily liquid that provides lubrication and support.
According to a CDC report*, osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis. 30.3% of persons between the ages of 45-64 have doctor-diagnosed arthritis and 49.7% of persons 65 and older. Nearly 1 in 2 people may develop symptomatic knee osteoarthritis by age 85. As you can see, statistics show that OA worsens with age, so it is commonly known as “wear and tear” arthritis.
Many adults with OA report significant limitations in performing vital activities such as:
- Walking (6 million)
- Stooping/bending/kneeling (8 million)
- Climbing stairs (5 million)
- Social activities such as family gatherings or church (2 million)
How Do I Know If I Have Osteoarthritis?
Are you experiencing any of the following?
- Typically it starts with pain in one joint – knee or hip.
- Pain usually sets in gradually instead of suddenly.
- Pain is usually moderate and becomes more intense during or after a period of activity and decreases after a period of rest.
- There is initial stiffness in the joint when you wake-up in the morning.
- An affected knee joint may “buckle” under you when going down steps or stepping off a curb.
- An affected knee joint may “lock up”.
- You may hear a crackling sound in your knee indicating (crepitus) cartilage wear.
How Does Viscosupplementation Work?
Commonly, your doctor will suggest viscosupplementation if you have tried and failed several of the more conservative treatments for osteoarthritis of the knee.
Viscosupplementation is a series of injections given by our orthopedic doctors in Bellevue, anywhere from three to five, which lubricate and cushion your knee joint to relieve pain and can allow you to move more freely. Results will vary from patient to patient, and one typically does not feel results from these injections until after the series is completed.
If you are one of the millions who suffer the pain and limitations caused by osteoarthritis, call our office today for a consultation. We can help you get on with living your life to the full, pain-free.