What is Viscosupplementation?
Viscosupplementation is a procedure where a gel-like substance called hyaluronic acid (a component of synovial fluid), is injected into the joints to increase cushioning, lubrication and shock absorbing properties. Think of this like “WD-40 for the joints”. The result is more fluid pain free range of motion. It is indicated for the treatment of osteoarthritis of the knees in patients who have failed to respond to conservative treatments (like physical therapy, NSAIDs, or even cortisone).
Osteoarthritis reduces the amount of hyaluronic acid in the joints. The result of which causes pain, stiffness, swelling and a decreased tolerance to motion (making things like walking or exercising difficult).
This is an FDA approved medical procedure that is backed by extensive research.
How Do I Know If I’m Qualified For This Procedure?
The first thing we do is review your medical history, and do a consultation. This is where you discuss your problem(s), and your goals. Afterward, you will have a physical examination (which consists of orthopedic and neurological tests). If you have existing x-rays, you may bring them with you to show the doctor. After reviewing all of the information, our medical team will tell you if you are qualified and what their best recommendations are for treatment.
Does Insurance Pay For Viscosupplementation?
Insurances (including Medicare) will pay for viscosupplementation for the treatment of osteoarthritis of the knees. We will bill your insurance for you at no additional cost. Just bring your insurance card to your appointment.
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