A gel-like fluid called hyaluronic acid is naturally found in the joint fluid around the knee joint, where it acts as a lubricant that allows bones to move smoothly over each other. With an arthritic knee, the level of this gel-like fluid is lower than normal. Hyaluronic acid knee injections administered to the knee joint can aide in the knee’s movement while reducing any associated pain.
Before the Procedure
- Take your regular medications with a small sip of water.
- Arrive 30 minutes before your procedure.
- Do not take aspirin seven days prior to your procedure, and avoid taking NSAIDs three days prior to your procedure. Please inform us if you are taking any blood thinners.
- Wear loose, comfortable clothing.
During the Procedure
You will be asked to lie on your back with your knee slightly bent. The injection site is prepped and numbed with medication. A needle is then inserted into the joint, with hyaluronic acid administered directly into the area.
After the Procedure
You will typically have some pain at the injection site. During the period following the injection, stretching and physical therapy are encouraged in order to prevent pain from returning to the same level it was prior to the injection. You will be encouraged to use the muscle with full range of motion rather than hold it in a fixed position. You may return to normal activities the same day.