Hyaluronic Acid (HA) Injections
Osteoarthritis is a common problem that may respond to nonsurgical management, consisting of lifestyle modification, physical therapy and pharmacologic therapy (e.g., analgesics, anti-inflammatory medications). HA therapy (sterile injection of hyaluronate sodium) may be of additional benefit to individuals who still have residual symptoms despite these traditional treatments and to patients who are intolerant of these treatments (e.g., gastrointestinal problems related to anti-inflammatory medications). Clinical experience and studies seem to indicate beneficial effects with minimal adverse reactions in a number of patients. While the exact mechanism of action is unclear, increasing the viscoelasticity of the joint’s normal lubricating fluid appears to play a role.
The Kingston Orthopedic and Pain Institute (KOPI) has significant experience performing HA and other injections as well as the ability to perform them using image guidance when necessary. The injections are available on site and at a reduced cost when compared to most pharmacies. Generally the cost is covered under an extended health plan, and we provide supporting documentation for third party insurance claims.
At KOPI the guidlelines for HA treatment are as follows:
- Clinically symptomatic mild to moderate Osteoarthritis.
- Patient not wishing surgery or not a good surgical candidate.
- No Radiographic evidence of other significant pathology.
- No signs or symptoms of infection.
Should you or your patient wish to consider HA as a treatment for arthritis please contact KOPI at 613 507 7246 for more information.