HA Injections for Osteoarthritis Treatment in Freehold, NJ
HA (hyaluronic acid) injections are designed to deliver an effective protein lubricant to a stiff and inflamed joint. The orthopedic experts at New Jersey Joints in Freehold, NJ, may recommend this innovative treatment as an alternative to surgery for addressing osteoarthritis (degenerative joint disease). While hyaluronic acid injections are currently approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) only for treating the knee, some patients may elect to try the treatment on other joints, such as a hip, shoulder, or ankle.
Osteoarthritis causes the protective joint cartilage to deteriorate over time, which can lead to pain, stiffness, and inflammation. Additionally, the naturally occurring synovial fluid, which serves as a joint lubricant and shock absorber, may be gradually lost. Because synovial fluid naturally contains hyaluronic acid, HA injections can be effective for treating this condition.
HA injections may be suitable for individuals who:
- Are in the early stages of osteoarthritis
- Are not surgical candidates
- Do not want to have surgery
- Do not want to take pain medications
Some studies suggest that HA injections can be just as effective as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) for relieving pain – but without the typical gastrointestinal risks of NSAID use. At New Jersey Joints in Freehold, New Jersey, we administer these injections in an in-office fluoroscopy suite. Ultrasound guidance helps us to achieve a high level of accuracy in placing the medication precisely where it is needed in a joint for maximum effectiveness.
While HA injections can provide effective joint pain relief, it is important to keep in mind that the results are usually not immediately apparent. In fact, it may take several weeks to feel the full effect. Additionally, this treatment cannot reverse cartilage damage, but it may help to slow or prevent further damage from occurring.
If you’d like to find out if HA injections are right for you, contact New Jersey Joints to request a personal consultation at our office in Freehold, NJ, where you can meet with an experienced joint specialist.