Hyaluronic Acid Injections


Hyaluronic acid is well documented as a skin care product and many of you would have heard of it from beauty advertisements. However, Hyaluronic acid is actually a lubricating, clear substance that’s produced by the body naturally.
As we age, the acid breaks down and not only does it affect our skin but it also affects our joints as the lubrication that keeps them working smoothly breaks down.

Hyaluronic acid injections are used to treat knee pain caused by osteoarthritis by replenishing that bouncy soft cushion within the knee joint. 

This treatment is used when a patient is no longer able to control osteoarthritis pain with over-the-counter anti-inflammatory drugs.

The treatment can reduce pain and improve movement within the joint. It has been suggested that hyaluronic acid injections can also slow down the progression of osteoarthritis.

Hyaluronic Acid injection treatment

A course of 3-5 hyaluronic acid injections can be given over a 4 week period using ultrasound guidance, and if effective can last for up to 6 months. 

Pain relief is not immediate and may need more than one injection. Sometimes additional injections may provide longer relief, up to 3 years in some patients.

Long periods of pain relief can postpone knee and hip replacement surgery in some cases.

Other reported benefits to hyaluronic acid knee injections are –

  • Aiding the growth of cartilage
  • Strengthening existing cartilage
  • Protection of existing cartilage
  • Stimulating the body to produce its own hyaluronic acid

There are certain conditions for when treatment is not appropriate, these include –

  • Those with a known allergy to hyaluronate products
  • Women who are pregnant or breast-feeding
  • Patients with bacterial infections

Hyaluronic Acid injection side effects

Hard weight-bearing activity is not advised for 2 days after treatment. Side effects include slight pain, swelling, skin irritation, and tenderness. These reactions generally are mild and do not last long.

We advise a consultation is booked with our Consultant Sports Physician prior to treatment. A detailed assessment and examination can be performed and in cases where injections are not required the doctor can also refer you to another specialist within Freedom clinics.

If you have been advised to seek hyaluronic acid injections or feel this treatment may benefit you please book an appointment by clicking on either ‘New’ or ‘Existing’ patient from the top of this page. 

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London, Canary Wharf

0203 667 5404

Leeds

0113 345 5060

 All Freedom Clinic Osteopaths are fully qualified and registered with the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC), so you can have every confidence in the treatment you receive.

Freedom Clinics provide a comprehensive FULL assessment in writing which is discussed with you before any treatment programme if required proceeds.

 

Leeds
Lower Ground Floor
29 Park Square West
Leeds LS1 2PQ

call: 0113 345 5060

London, Canary Wharf
(Canada Place Shopping Mall)

34 North Colonnade
Canary Wharf
London E14 5HX

call: 0203 197 9100