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Health

Three things to consider when getting Hyalgan knee injections

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If you experience knee pain due to osteoarthritis, Hyalgan may provide long-lasting relief.

Hyalgan is a solution that contains a natural substance called hyaluronate. Hyaluronate is normally found in the fluid that lubricates and cushions your knee joint. Hyalgan is injected into your knee to relieve pain.

The Arthritis Foundation reports that osteoarthritis often leads to the loss of a synovial fluid known as hyaluronic acid. This fluid is what keeps the joints lubricated, so a loss of the hyaluronic acid leaves a person feeling stiff.

Here are three things to know when getting Hyalgan injections:

1. Injections can provide 6 months of pain relief

Hyalgan is an intra-articular injection typically given once a week, one week apart, for a total of 5 injections. Some patients may achieve a successful outcome after 3 weekly cycles, based on study results of patients who received 3 injections and then were followed for 60 days.

2. There are common side effects associated with the injection

Common side effects associated with Hyalgan injections include gastrointestinal issues, injection site pain, knee swelling or effusion, local skin rash, itching, and headache. Most side effects are injection site reactions which subside after a few days, especially with rest and application of ice.

3. Learn if you are a good candidate

Patients who have tried conventional treatments for osteoarthritis but haven't found relief are excellent candidates for the Hyalgan knee injections. Physical therapy, heat or cold treatments, specialized exercises and over-the-counter pain medications should all be exhausted before considering Hyalgan knee injections.

Schedule an appointment today to learn more about our Knee Arthritis Program and how Pure Health can help you manage your pain!

Pure Health Physical Medicine: 2116 W. Galena Blvd., Suite 112, Aurora, IL 60560: 630.897.1895 :www.getpurehealthnow.com