Denver has relied on SpineOne for care of chronic back pain, injury, and spinal disorders for decades. But more than spine care, we offer a variety of treatments for sports injury, osteoarthritis, and joint pain.
Joints are like mechanical gears – they need lubrication to maintain normal function, and that lubrication can break down over time. In a healthy joint, a thick substance called synovial fluid provides lubrication, allowing bones to glide against one another. Synovial fluid acts as a shock absorber, too. In people with osteoarthritis, a critical substance in synovial fluid known as hyaluronic acid breaks down. Loss of hyaluronic acid appears to contribute to joint pain and stiffness.
What is Hyaluronic Acid?
Hyaluronic acid is a natural compound and is present in healthy synovial fluid. The compound has joint lubricating properties that have in some cases relieved joint pain and inflammation, especially for treating knee osteoarthritis.
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How do Hyaluronic Acid Joint Injections for Joint Pain Work?
In a normal, healthy joint, a fluid called hyaluronan provides lubrication. However, if you have osteoarthritis, there is less supply of this fluid. These injections supplement the joint’s hyaluronan with hyaluronic acid.
If the treatment is effective, you may see results within days (although it may take more than one injection to make the pain go away) and the relief often lasts for several months. In some cases, your doctor may recommend repeat courses.
Are There Potential Complications withThese Treatments?
There are few side effects to hyaluronic acid joint injections, although some people do have a mild reaction that causes temporary pain and swelling in the joint. It is, however, important to not strain the affected joint after receiving the injections. You should avoid any strenuous activities—such as jogging, tennis, heavy lifting or even being on your feet for long periods—for two days after the treatment.
Where Can I Find Hyaluronic Acid Joint Injections in Colorado?
This injection is one of the treatments we offer to relieve joint pain from sports injury, auto accidents, aging, work injury, or osteoarthritis. The physicians at SpineOne may administer hyaluronic acid as a treatment if your initial exam shows you to be a good candidate. Our doctors are available today to offer consultation and recommendations for swift pain relief.