Viscosupplementation is the injection into the knee of a lubricating mixture usually containing hyaluronic acid

Viscosupplementation injections may help to reduce the pain and functional limitation of osteoarthritis.


A simple flowchart with links to show the possible interventions in cases of knee arthritis.

Interpretation by the Editor of a peer-reviewed article in the published medical literature.

Discussion looking at the alternatives to a joint replacement in active patients whose osteoarthritis tends to be limited.

A comparison of different types of knee injection.

An interpretation of an article published in the orthopaedic literature in 2012.

Joint injections for knee arthritis

Injections to slow the arthritic process or reduce symptoms.




Viscosupplementation for Osteoarthritis: a Primer for Primary Care Physicians. Reid MC. Adv Ther. 2013 Nov; 30(11): 967–986.

Adding Triamcinolone Improves Viscosupplementation: A Randomized Clinical Trial. de Campos GC, Rezende MU, Pailo AF, Frucchi R and Camargo OP. Clin Orthop Relat Res. 2013 Feb; 471(2): 613–620.

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