Medically reviewed by board-certified orthopaedic surgeon, Dr. Nic Gay, MD and Dr. Kerisimasi Reynolds, MD
Hyaluronic Acid Joint Preservation Treatment
One of the properties in the skin that gives it elasticity is hyaluronic acid. As a component of synovial fluid, which is an essential joint lubricant, hyaluronic acid also plays a part in preventing too much friction between bones. When we age, the amount of hyaluronic acid naturally produced by the body begins to decrease. This, coupled with a reduction of synovial fluid production, can lead to the development of osteoarthritis. Hyaluronic acid injections are a viable joint preservation treatment offered at Silicon Valley Orthopaedics.
Joint preservation is often a preventive measure, in that slowing down or halting wear and tear is the aim of treatment. Dr. Nic Gay and Dr. Masi Reynolds may recommend hyaluronic acid injections as a suitable option for helping to improve overall joint health. Improved joint lubrication provides an added layer of protection against the friction that can speed up wear and tear.
Suitable Candidates for Hyaluronic Acid Injections
If you have been diagnosed with a condition such as osteoarthritis or there is evidence of unhealthy knee friction, hyaluronic acid injections may help. A typical treatment plan involves receiving hyaluronic acid injections every few weeks, according to the individual’s needs. Although described as a joint preservation treatment, hyaluronic acid is beneficial to surrounding connective tissues.
Hyaluronic acid can be used in conjunction with other joint preservation treatments for healthier bones, muscles and tissues. If you are experiencing movement limitations due to pain, friction or stiffness in the joints, Silicon Valley Orthopaedics can provide a clinical examination and treatment recommendations. Dr. Nic Gay and Dr. Masi Reynolds have experience in the diagnosis and treatment of joint injuries and diseases in California.
Contact Silicon Valley Orthopaedics to discuss hyaluronic acid injections or any of our other joint rejuvenation treatments today.