A healthy knee joint has all of its components that work together. When a knee becomes painful, that pain is a signal that something is wrong. When it comes to osteoarthritis, the cartilage and synovial fluid are the primary components that are degenerating, or breaking down, which can cause pain.
An overview of the anatomy of the knee joint:
– Synovial Membrane
– The Joint Capsule
Each of these components of the knee joint work together seamlessly to help support the body and provide mobility and functionality. The knee joint works because of these components.
Affected by Arthritis: Cartilage and Synovial Fluid
The cartilage is a flexible tissue that acts as a shock absorber by providing cushioning and support to the bones of the joints. When affected by arthritis, the cartilage wears down causing the bones to rub together and creating pain.
The synovial fluid is a substance that nourishes and lubricates the cartilage and bone within the joint. When affected by arthritis, the synovial fluid can break down as well. Due to decreased amounts of this substance, there’s likely to be pain and stiffness in the joint. This is because the fluid helps to keep the cartilage and bones lubricated and nourished.
How can we replace what’s lost?
Unfortunately, many parts of the body cannot repair the damage naturally. This is true about both the cartilage and the synovial fluid within the knee joint — once they’ve been damaged or worn down, they cannot replenish themselves.
Well, what can we do? Often times people think that knee pain is a sign that they need surgery to replace their knee joint. While this is one possible outcome, it isn’t the only solution to managing knee pain. In fact, one of the first steps to finding relief can come from hyaluronic acid injections from Northeast Knee and Joint Institute!
Hyaluronic Acid Injections
Hyaluronic acid injections, which we refer to as Viscosupplementation Therapy, is a gel-like substance (hyaluronates) that work to supplement the joint. This simply means the hyaluronic acid works in place of the missing synovial fluid. These injections are approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of osteoarthritis of the knee. These injections can also provide relief in other joints like the hip, shoulder, or ankle.
Is hyaluronic acid considered to be regenerative?
Studies have shown the use of hyaluronic acid has helped the body to increase its own production of hyaluronic acid, which is present within the naturally created synovial fluid. Another benefit is that hyaluronic acid injections can help preserve the cartilage from breaking down any further! Plus, hyaluronic acid is considered to have regenerative features because it prompts the body to produce its own healthy cells. You can read more about how our hyaluronic acid injections work on our Resources page.
Northeast Knee and Joint Institute can help!
If you are suffering from any form of arthritis and have noticed that your knee and joint pain, our Regenerative Medicine therapies can help. The injections of hyaluronic acid, platelet-rich plasma, or even stem cells can help to provide long-lasting relief to the painful symptoms you’re faced with. If you are looking for relief without the need for surgery, call us today! By scheduling a risk-free, no-obligation consultation with our experienced and knowledgeable medical experts, you can begin your healing from within!