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What Is Viscosupplementation and How Does It Cure Arthritis?

Posted Jan 23 2012 12:00am

Viscosupplementation is a fairly new medical procedure for joint pain relief, especially arthritis.

Dr. Hector Lopez, MD, CSCS, FAAPMR, viscosupplementation and orthopedic nutrition expert, who practices alternatives to drugs and surgery for orthopedic conditions, explains that hyaluronic acid is essential to normal joint function due to its shock absorbing and lubricating properties.

Hyaluronic acid is naturally made by the human body for joint fluid and it serves as an extra shock absorber, reduces tear and attrition of cartilage, provides nutrition to cartilage, and reduces waste from joint fluid.

During viscosupplementation hyaluronic acid injected into an injured joint, ligament tendon or muscle to provide extra lubrication so that bones can move more smoothly, easily, and freely. This procedure has proved very successful in alleviating pain caused by arthritis, a joint disease that affects millions of Americans.

Osteoarthritis can interfere with daily tasks and activities, and even reduce worker’s productivity. Arthritis occurs when the arthritic joint fluid begins to lose its lubricating properties due to over-use of these particular joints. It can also be caused by an autoimmune disease, broken bones, or a bacterial or viral infection.

According to nutrition pain management and osteoarthritis expert, Dr. Lopez, this procedure causes very little discomfort to the patient and for best results it should be performed with image guidance in order to ensure placement accuracy.

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