- Medical Community - July 28th 2020
Synvisc and Supartz are two different brands of viscosupplementation treatments used to treat osteoarthritis of the knee.
Viscosupplementation is the administration of hyaluronic acid-based viscoelastic gel via injection to joints affected by osteoarthritis. Hyaluronic Acid (HA) restores lubrication and prevents further joint degradation by replenishing and increasing the production of the native hyaluronic acid in the body. This stimulates the synovial fluid, which is responsible for lubrication, mobility, and shock absorption of the joints.
Osteoarthritis is a progressive, degenerative disease that attacks the joints, particularly in the knee. This is caused by the gradual breakdown of the joint cartilage due to repetitive movements, stress, and wear and tear. The cartilage between the joints eventually wears out which may cause the bones to come in contact with each other. The subsequent rubbing against one another causes pain, stiffness, swelling, and inflamm [Read more]