Synovial Fluid Replacement Therapy

“This is something that actually works…” Following a course of synovial fluid injections, Pat attributes the vast improvement in his condition to this treatment. – Pat Spillane

  What is Synovial Fluid Replacement Therapy and why does it work? 

“A sticky or squeaking hinge can be “cured” with a drop of oil, so it makes sense that a hinge joint, like the knee, would also benefit from a little lubrication. At least that’s the premise behind one new form of treatment for arthritis of the knee.

The procedure, called viscosupplementation or synovial fluid replacement injects a preparation of hyaluronic acid into the knee joint. Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring substance found in the synovial (joint) fluid. It acts as a lubricant to enable bones to move smoothly over each other and as a shock absorber for joint loads”

Source: American Academy Of Orthopaedic Surgeons – www.aaos.org

Obtaining Synovial Fluid Replacement.

Synovial fluid replacement is a prescription only product administered by a qualified doctor. Many hospital doctors perform this procedure as well as General Practitioners. The injection procedure is covered by the VHI, BUPA and VIVAS and the product is on the General Medical Scheme (GMS) and the Drugs Payment Scheme.

 

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Related Press Articles On Synovial Fluid Replacement Therapy

Crisis Looms Over Lack Of Arthritis Services Expert Warns
By: Alison Healy – Irish Times – 05 August 2005

Osteoarthritis – Overcoming The Limits Of Treatment
By: Fintan Moore – Irish Medicine Weekly – 16 November 2005

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The Cochrane Musculoskeletal Review Group

The Cochrane Musculoskeletal Review Group (CMSG) is a specialized group of health care professionals, researchers and consumer representatives that belong to the Cochrane Collaboration, an international organization that aims to help people make-well informed decisions about health care by preparing, maintaining and promoting reviews of the effects of health care treatments.

A collaborative review group, like CMSG, consists of people from around the world who share an interest in developing and maintaining systematic reviews relevant to a particular health area. In the case of CMSG, our scope covers all areas of musculoskeletal conditions, including: gout, lupus erythematosus, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, pediatric rheumatology, rheumatoid arthritis, soft tissue conditions, spondylo-arthropathy, systemic sclerosis and vasculitis.

Checkout the Cochrane Review of New Treatment for the Knee…

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