At The Physio Group, Stephen Brannigan is a fully qualified injection therapist.
This involves injecting a lubricant called Hyulorate into a joint which is affected by symptoms of Osteoarthritis (wear and tear of a joint). When a joint develops osteoarthritis there is usually a wearing down of the joint cartilage. This leads to a decrease of fluid lubrication and can cause grinding and pain. Viscosupplementation uses a substance called hyaluronic acid which is found in normal joint fluid. It is a gel like substance and can help lubricate the joint.
Usually a course of 4 injections over 6 weeks is recommended along with a structured rehabilitation program to improve joint mobility and strength. Results to date are extremely encouraging and although they won’t cure arthritis they can significantly reduce the pain from it.