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    Injections

    When your disease and knee pain progresses, your doctor may recommend corticosteroid injectionsCorticosteroid Injections
    A steroid hormone produced by the adrenal cortex (the outer portion of the adrenal glands); administered as drugs they reduce swelling and decrease the body's immune response
    for osteoarthritisOsteoarthritis
    Arthritis typically with onset during middle or old age that is characterized by degenerative (gradual deterioration of joint) and sometimes abnormal growth in the bone and cartilage of one or more joints and a progressive wearing down of opposing joint surfaces with consequent distortion of joint position and is marked symptomatically especially by pain, swelling, and stiffness; abbreviation (OA)
    as an anti-inflammatory treatment or hyaluronic acidHyaluronic Acid
    A substance injected into a knee with osteoarthritis. Serves to restore lubrication and shock absorbing capabilities that have been depleted due to the disease of osteoarthritis.
    knee injections like ORTHOVISC®.

    Hyaluronic acid injections are a type of osteoarthritis injection treatment known as viscosupplementation, which is basically the reintroduction of healthy joint fluidJoint Fluid
    A transparent, lubricating fluid secreted by a membrane of an articulation (place of union between two or more joints) or bursa (a saclike body cavity between a tendon and bone)
    into your knee. Viscosupplementation helps return proper cushioning and lubrication function to your knee joint, addressing knee pain at the source of the problem and providing relief.

    Steroid Injections

    A corticosteroid is a synthetic form of cortisone, a hormone naturally produced by the body. When injected in high doses into the knee, it has a powerful anti-inflammatory effect and can provide fast pain relief.

    Steroid injections for knee osteoarthritis should only be used as a short-term treatment, since the duration of their effects can vary and multiple injections can damage cartilageCartilage
    A usually translucent somewhat elastic tissue that composes most of the skeleton
    and connective tissue.

    Viscosupplementation

    Osteoarthritis of the knee can cause joint fluid to become less healthy, and the cartilage begins to break down. This leads to irritation, discomfort, soreness and swelling in the knee.

    The hyaluronic acid used in a viscosupplementation treatment like ORTHOVISC® is a chemical found in healthy joint fluid. The viscosupplementation injection acts as a lubricant and shock absorber in your knee joint, providing anti-inflammatory relief and slowing cartilage deterioration.

    Injectable hyaluronic acid is either derived from rooster combs (the crown of feathers on a rooster’s head) or bacterial cultures. Unlike hyaluronic acid that comes from avianAvian
    Derived from birds
    sources, bacterial hyaluronic acid such as ORTHOVISC® will not cause an allergic reaction in people who suffer from avian allergies, which includes allergies to poultry, feathers or eggs.

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