Hyaluronic Acid Treatment
Viscosupplement injections, hyaluronic acid injections, a substance similar to healthy joint fluid is one of the effective non-surgical treatment. HA is injected into the joints to supplement and lubricate damaged joint fluid, reduce pain and provide movement freedom.
In 1997, The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), has approved intra-articular Hyaluronic Acid (HA) for knee osteoarthritis treatment.
American College of Rheumatology (ACR) and the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) has been added HA for OA treatment guidelines¹‚²
There are more than 60 clinical trials regarding efficacy and safety of HA treatment.
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