- June 14th 2019
Medical Community Member -
- Knee Treatments
Viscosupplementation addresses the diminished amount of hyaluronic acid in synovial fluid by supplementing the degraded synovial fluid in the diseased joint with a hyaluronic acid product that possesses the rheological properties of healthy synovial fluid.
These medications are normally offered as second-line therapies, which are treatments that are used after the patient has not adequately responded to primary treatments such as pain medication and physical therapy. Viscosupplement preparations differ significantly in their molecular weight, concentration, rheological properties, manufacturing processes, and residence times in the joint.
The effects that viscosupplements confer are delayed but long-lasting. While it can sometimes take weeks or even several months for the full results of viscosupplements like Orthovisc and Synvisc to materialize, these medications can provide up to six months of improvement, including reduced pain and a greater range of motion.