A Multi-Specialty Medical Practice Located in Wheeling and Chicago

  • Ewima Healthcare – Your Physical Well Being is our Specialty

    A Multi-Specialty Medical Practice Located in Wheeling and Chicago

Hyaluronic Acid Joint Injections

In the U.S., almost 21 million adults are living with osteoarthritis. And one of the body's critical joints, the knee, is the most frequently affected. More than 30% of people over 50 have knee osteoarthritis. So do a whopping 80% of those over 65. In fact, about 100,000 people in the U.S. can't get from their bed to the bathroom because of osteoarthritis of the knee.

Getting hyaluronic acid joint injections is one treatment that may ease the pain and stiffness of osteoarthritis. Hyaluronic acid joint injections are quick and relatively painless. They've been on the market for more than a decade.

Hyaluronan occurs naturally in the synovial fluid that surrounds the joints. Hyaluronan is a thick liquid that helps lubricate the joints, making them work more smoothly.

In people with osteoarthritis, the consistency of hyaluronan becomes thinner. The idea behind hyaluronic acid joint injections is to replace some of the natural supply that's been lost.

The procedure is simple. Hyaluronic acid is injected directly into the cavity around the knee joint. A typical course of treatment is one injection a week for three to five weeks. While it has only been FDA-approved for people with osteoarthritis of the knee, it's sometimes tried in other joints as well.

Studies that show effectiveness, pain relief lasts up to six months or a year. It works better in some people than in others. People who are older or have advanced osteoarthritis may be less likely to be helped.

If you are suffering from knee or joint pain call us to make an appointment for a consultation. We can help you decide if a Hyaluronic injection will help relieve your pain and give you added mobility.

EWIMA Healthcare Wheeling
342 S. Milwaukee Avenue
Wheeling, Illinois 60090

EWIMA Healthcare Weiss
4646 North Marine Drive
Chicago, Illinois 6064o
© 2006-2017 EWIMA Healthcare - All Rights Reserved