You’ve probably heard about several options to minimize the pain associated with osteoarthritis of the knee. But what you might not know is that there is a ground-breaking, non-surgical treatment to restore the joint: viscosupplementation. This therapy can delay or even eliminate the need for surgery, providing the long-term relief you want most.
Viscosupplementation is a treatment that can be used for mild to moderate osteoarthritis in the knee joint. It is completely non-surgical, involving an injection of hyaluronic acid into the joint to lubricate the bones and act as a “shock absorber” for the joint. Many of Dr. Venuto’s patients who choose viscosupplementation at his Orange County, California practice are able to minimize pain without drugs or surgery.
Osteoarthritis is a joint disease that causes pain from the deterioration in the surface layer of cartilage covering the joint bones. The disease also causes pain and stiffness because of changes in the synovial (joint) fluid that cushions and lubricates the joint. Approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration since 1997 for treating osteoarthritis of the knee, viscosupplementation addresses both of these sources of pain. Its pain-relieving and anti-inflammatory effects can last for several months before additional outpatient injections are needed.
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Who Can Benefit?
Viscosupplementation takes over when other attempts at pain relief are ineffective. In the early stages of arthritis of the knee, the focus of treatment is on pain relief. Typically, over the counter medications or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are used, and also may be combined with physical therapy, topical pain relievers, or corticosteroid injections.
People who have a reaction to NSAIDs or who are not achieving adequate pain reduction through these more traditional methods may want to consider viscosupplementation.
Choosing Dr. Venuto
Here are just a few reasons why so many people choose Orange County orthopedic surgeon Dr. Ralph Venuto for their care.
- Board-certified in orthopedic surgery and specializing in sports medicine and the treatment of knee and shoulder disorders.
- Uses many of the latest techniques in orthopedic care, including stem cell treatment and PRP, to help his patients heal faster and have better results.
- One of the first surgeons in the country to perform arthroscopic surgery, without adding trauma or scarring.
- Named one of the “Best Doctors in Orange County” in Orange Coast Magazine’s “The Doctor’s Doctor.”
During treatment, Dr. Venuto injects a preparation of hyaluronic acid (HA) into the knee joint. HA occurs naturally in the synovial fluid, providing lubrication to help the bones move smoothly over each other and provide a cushion for the joint. Research has found that people with osteoarthritis have less HA in their joints. Injections of HA therefore can make up the difference, providing added cushioning and making movement of the joint more comfortable.
Typically, Dr. Venuto will use 3 to 5 injections over the course of several weeks. Immediately after each treatment, some patients may notice temporary additional pain or swelling, which can be relieved using an ice pack. Soon afterward, the added HA should begin to lessen pain in the joint. Research suggests that viscosupplementation injections encourage the body to produce more of its own natural HA as well.
Other Non-Surgical Treatments & Techniques
Dr. Venuto’s advanced therapies also include:
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Pay Attention to Early Warning Signs…
At his orthopedic practice in Newport Beach serving Costa Mesa, Irvine, and all of Orange County, Dr. Venuto sees patients almost every day who are living with various orthopedic conditions of the knee or shoulder. Paying attention to early warning signs can
help lead to earlier treatment, which itself may minimize the pain and disability associated with your condition.
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