Viscosupplements are designed to replace and enhance the synovial fluid found within the knee joint. The synovial fluid allows for the ‘cushioning’ effect found in the knee and provides hydraulic resistance. Synovial fluid diminishes as arthritis progresses.
Viscosupplementation is a relatively straightforward concept and procedure, is inexpensive, FDA approved, and covered by Medicare and most commercial payers. If administered properly, viscosupplementation can provide desired pain relief and increased mobility, and delay and/or prevents the need for knee replacement.