Treating Osteoarthritis with Hyaluronic Acid using Ultrasound
Many patients wait until they have had knee pain, shoulder pain, elbow pain, and/or joint pain for months if not years before talking to their doctor about it. Many feel they don’t want to bother seeing an orthopedic surgeon for fear of surgery or painful shots. Full Circle Health does not want to wait until your body is breaking down. We want to conservatively treat your pain with medication and/or physical therapy.
After failure on conservative therapy the doctor may want to use a steroid injection to help relieve the pain. We do all our injections under ultrasound guidance to get a look inside the body to see the underlying anatomy and to ensure proper placement of the needle. This will ensure effective therapy and usually is less painful than non ultrasound guided injections.
If steroid injections do not help or only last a short time we have years of experience injecting Hyaluronic Acid into the knees for pain relief. The fluid coats the damaged knee joint and providers a smooth surface for the joint to move easier. This will not replace or regrow cartilage but will enable the joint to work better for a decent amount of time. This procedure is covered by insurance and has shown to be effective in giving knee pain relief for 6 months to 1 year. We inject either one large injection (SynvicOne) or a series of 3 to 4 injections (Orthovisc) into the knee using ultrasound.
Many patients will need to have fluid drained from the knee before we put in the new replacement fluid, this fluid on the knee is obvious under ultrasound and removal of it can help relieve pressure in the knee.
Maintaining an active lifestyle is tough at any age, we want to all we can to help keep you healthy. If we can do some preventative measures now we can perhaps avoid drastic medical procedures in your future.
We also have a trusted network of specialist to back us up for physical therapy, occupational therapy, custom braces, durable medical equipment, orthopedic surgeons and rheumatologists.