What is the role of hyaluronic acid?
The cartilage is only resistant to abrasion and wear if it is adequately supplied with nutrients. The cartilage receives nutrients from the so-called synovial fluid (synovial fluid). In addition to nutrients, the synovial fluid also contains hyaluronic acid, which is responsible for the lubricating consistency.
With age, however, the body’s own production of hyaluronic acid decreases and osteoarthritis also changes the composition of the synovial fluid. As a result, lubrication and shock absorption are no longer sufficient – the articular cartilage is increasingly worn off and loses its elasticity.
How is the therapy carried out?
In hyaluronic acid therapy, synthetically produced hyaluronic acid is injected into the joint space to improve the synovial fluid, where it then unfolds its effect. The treatment, consisting of 5 injections spread over 5 weeks, makes the synovial fluid more viscous again. This also improves the protective function of the cartilage. After a while, the hyaluronic acid injected into the joint is broken down again by the body.
The hyaluronic acid is injected into the deep hip joint in a targeted manner using ultrasound in order to guarantee precise therapy.
When does a pain reduction occur?
In most patients, the full effect can be felt within just a few weeks after the start of treatment. The effect usually lasts up to a year.