Patients who have pain resulting from osteoarthritis of the knee now have other options to help reduce this discomfort and improve their quality of life. At Advanced Orthopaedics we offer viscosupplementation, otherwise known as gel shots. A couple of common brand names for this are Euflexxa and Orthovisc.
Our joints have what is called synovial fluid in them. Over time, patients who have arthritis will lose some of the viscosity of this joint fluid, as it becomes more water like with age. To supplement the missing components of the fluid, we can offer a series of injections. Our patients see minimal reactions and often find these to be very helpful in decreasing discomfort associated with osteoarthritis of the knee. These are usually a series of shots and are often covered by insurance.