Who is a good candidate for viscosupplement injections?

Keith Roach, MD
Internal Medicine
A good candidate for viscosupplement injections is someone who has persistent symptoms of knee osteoarthritis (OA) despite treatment with pain relief medications or injections with glucocorticoids (steroids). People younger than 65 tend and people whose joint disease isn't very severe tend to respond better. In people with very severe knee OA, joint resplacement is often the best option.
Dr. Vonda Wright, MD
Orthopedic Surgery
Viscosupplement injections -- joint injections of hyaluronic acid -- are more effective in milder cases of knee osteoarthritis (OA) than in more advanced OA. Good candidates can be any age and have knee OA from a variety of causes. Viscosupplement injections work on 20-year-olds with knee OA due to sports trauma, seniors whose joints have worn out over time or people who develop knee OA due to obesity. 

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