Viscosupplementation Injections otherwise known as Hyaluronic acid injections are a chemical compound that is injected directly into the joints to reduce pain. It is a natural lubricant that can decrease friction and enhance lubrication inside the joints, especially those suffering from Osteoarthritis or sports injuries. When the cartilage breaks down around the joint from Osteoarthritis three is also decrease levels of the naturally occurring Hyaluronic acid. When our pain management doctors at Downtown physicians in Manhattan administer Viscosupplementation injection it is best to have an idea of the preparation process and the Recovery process.
Preparing for Viscosupplementation Injections
You can receive your Viscosupplementation Injections right here in our pain management clinic in downtown NYC. It only requires a local anesthetic to help to numb the area of injection which must be precisely into the interior of the joint. Sometimes an ultrasound machine might be used to ensure the injection does not go into the surrounding areas around the joint, which would make it ineffective.
Recovering from Viscosupplementation Injections
The recovery process post-injection is fairly straightforward. It is important to mention that the injections are considered non-invasive and low risk. The first 24 hours after the Viscosupplementation injections it is advisable to rest as much as possible. Any activity or unnecessary movement can cause the injected fluid to be pushed around and away from the joint. The less activity then more effective the injections will be, Over the counter pain relief medication is ok to take for relief discomfort in the days after. In 3-5 weeks following the injection, the maximum amount of pain relief will start and can continue for as long as 6-12 months.
Our pain management specialist at Downtown Physicians are here to answer any questions and to schedule appointments for your initial consultation:
Downtown Pain Physicians 80 Maiden Ln #905A New York, NY 10038 (212) 404-8070 https://www.downtownpainphysicians.com/