What is it and what causes it?
Osteoarthritis (OA), the most common form of arthritis, develops when the joint’s synovial fluid and cartilage deteriorate, losing their ability to provide effective joint lubrication and shock absorption. This may lead to joint stiffness, pain and loss of movement and when the hip or knee joints are affected, may also cause extreme difficulty in simple everyday tasks.
Symptoms of osteoarthritis can vary greatly between individuals, and while there is no current cure, there are a variety of treatment options available to provide pain relief, preserve joint integrity and improve everyday function.
Visco-supplementation is a treatment involving the injection of a gel substance similar to the synovial fluid of a healthy joint in order to restore damaged joint fluid and reduce pain.
The use of PRP and/or corticosteroid injections is also commonly used in the management of osteoarthritis to provide effective pain relief and restore joint function.