Hyalgan is a hyaluronic acid treatment used to manage the symptoms of knee osteoarthritis. The injectable is a clear, viscous gel that is injected into the afflicted knee, supplementing the rheological properties of synovial fluid to help lubricate and cushion the joint. In this manner, further damage to the knee can be prevented, and symptoms of pain and swelling can be alleviated. As a result, patients experience increased mobility and subsequent enhanced quality of life.
Hyalgan is ideal for patients looking for a modality to supplement or even replace their drug therapy. In so doing, Hyalgan can patients cut down on medications, reducing the chances for possible drug interactions. Hyalgan has lasting benefits, with studies showing effective pain relief for up to 6 months and safe repeat treatment within a 30-month period. Used safely worldwide for decades, Hyalgan is a trusted product for many health-care practitioners.
Hyalgan treatment consists of an intraarticular injection into the knee joint using a 20-gauge needle. A full treatment course usually involves 5 injection sessions given once a week, although some may experience benefits with as few as 3 injections. Most patients will require repeat treatments twice a year, but this can be tailored to the patient’s individual needs. While Hyalgan is mainly used to treat osteoarthritis in the knee, doctors also use Hyalgan in other joints affected by osteoarthritis.