Summary of the Therapy
lubricates the joint and restores the elastic properties of the fluid
ability to act as a shock absorber
movement of the joint becomes easier and more comfortable
decreases pain for up to six months and also improves function in patients with OA of the knee
patient’s reliance on other pain relieving medications is significantly reduced
available on Medical Card Scheme
may delay necessity for knee replacement surgery
effective in treating patients with early to middle stage arthritis who wish to improve their function and reduce pain
effective in patients with more advanced arthritis who may experience delays in receiving a total joint replacement
valuable tool for GPs whose patients find themselves on long waiting lists to see an orthopaedic surgeon
effective use in treatment of sports injuries particularly in the knee
can prevent further loss of cartilage
may stimulate the natural production of synovial fluid by the body a process know as visco-induction
is a longer lasting alternative which is safe and could help to reduce dependence on anti-inflammatory medication
Is Synovial Fluid Replacement Therapy Painful?
No, Synovial Fluid Replacement Therapy is not painful. Naturally, as with all injections, there is mild and short-lasting discomfort during the actual procedure, but aside from this Synovial Fluid Replacement Therapy is virtually painless. Often your physician will use a topical anaesthetic to reduce the discomfort.
If there is considerable inflammation around the joint, the physician may remove some of the excess fluid (exudate) prior to an injection.
Synovial Fluid Replacement Therapy can be an effective alternative for all stages of Osteoarthritis.
Source by Vera Griffin