Hyaluronic acid (or glycosaminoglycans) are molecules that are distributed throughout the body’s connective, epithelial, neural and skin tissue. These molecules attract water allowing the body to use them as lubricants and shock absorbers.

Hyaluronic acid is one of the major lubricating components of synovial fluid; the fluid that surrounds the joints of our body. It is also an important component of articular cartilage.
Hyaluronic acid plays an important role in tissue regeneration and reduction of inflammation.

WHAT CAN HYALURONIC ACID BE USED TO TREAT?

Hyaluronic acid is generally used to help repair injury to articular joint cartilage. It can be used to treat small areas of chondral defects or a more widespread presentation of osteoarthritis.

HOW IS THE PROCEDURE PERFORMED?

The procedure is similar to that of a steroid injection where the hyaluronic acid is injected directly into the joint space.

 

WHY CHOOSE A HYALURONIC ACID INJECTION?

Hyaluronic acid is a good option for people who:

1.    Have not had sufficient benefit with steroid injections

2.    Do not tolerate steroid injections

3.     Are normally prone to medication side effects as hyaluronic acid is noted to be well tolerated with no demonstrable toxicity and few side effects.