JOINT FLUID THERAPY
Hyaluronic Acid (“Chicken Shots / “Rooster Juice”)
The American College of Rheumatology recommends a sequence of treatments depending on the severity of pain caused by osteoarthritis (OA). It begins with a simple exercise program, dietary changes, weight loss if appropriate and over-the-counter medications. When these are no longer adequate, (JFT) joint fluid therapy or Hyaluronic Acid (HA), treatments should be considered as another conservative treatment. Newer treatments could include regenerative treatments such as PRP, Fluid flow and/or stem cell. If all these measures fail and if the individual is suffering both pain and function limitations then knee surgery should be considered and investigated. Various brands of JFT are available to choose from but often inusrance plans may dictate which brand is covered.
Treatment for OA focuses on decreasing pain and improving joint movement. When pain from osteoarthritis is not alleviated by exercise, physical therapy, or simple painkillers, joint fluid therapy could provide the relief you seek. It can provide pain relief without the risks and side effects that come with knee surgery or drug treatments.
In numerous clinical trials, joint fluid therapy provided welcome pain relief with no more side effects than a placebo.
Joint Fluid Therapy is a treatment approved by the Food and Drug Administration to help treat the pain of osteoarthritis of the knee. It provides long-lasting relief from arthritis pain for many patients. Joint Fluid Therapy involves injecting a substance called hyaluronan into the knee. This substance is similar to the fluid that occurs naturally in the knee “synovial fluid “which helps to lubricate the knee, reducing friction and protecting from pain. There are over a dozen different brands or types of joint fluid with more brands to join the crowded industry. Unlike the potential negative effects of cortisone, HA treatment does not pose the same risks.
Could JFT Help You?
If your osteoarthritis (OA) is moderate to mild and you answer “yes” to at least three of the four questions below, Joint Fluid Therapy could be a good option for you.
- Have you ever been diagnosed by a doctor with OA of the knees?
- Have you undergone physical therapy to reduce your knee pain? Has it failed to provide adequate pain relief?
- Have you taken over-the-counter painkillers, such as acetaminophen, to reduce your knee pain? Have these drugs failed to provide adequate pain relief?
- Have you used braces, canes, or crutches to reduce your knee pain? Have these devices failed to provide adequate pain relief? It is often advisable to undergo pain relief therapies before reaching a severe level of arthritis, when surgery may be necessary. St. Louis based Pain Prevention Center, joint fluid therapy treatment can help reduce or stop the pain, increase mobility, and allow greater activity. In addition, because Joint Fluid Therapy is not a drug and is injected directly into the knee, it should not interfere with other medications you may take. Talk to your doctor about what is right for you. Discuss your symptoms with a physician to determine the right treatment plan for you. For additional information please follow either link:
Joint Fluid Therapy
13710 Olive Boulevard (Primary Office)
Chesterfield, MO 63017
Telephone: 314-469-PAIN (7246)
Exchange: 314-441-6965 (for after-hour Emergencies Only)
Monday thru Friday
8:30 AM – 4:30 PM