Hyalgan is a non-surgical, non-pharmacologic therapy for knee osteoarthritis. Hyalgan therapy can help relieve your pain, improve your mobility, and get you back to your normal activities. Hyalgan uses hyaluronan, a natural substance found in the fluids of healthy joints that separates the cartilage. In the knee joint, hyaluronan acts like a lubricant and a cushion in the knee. This treatment is also known as Viscosupplementation Therapy.
The goal of Hyalgan is to supplement poor-quality hyaluronan in your painful knee with additional highly purified hyaluronan. Hyalgan therapy is an injectable solution made from highly purified sodium hyaluronate (also known as hyaluronic acid [HA]).
We also believe that combining the Hyalgan injections (which are typically a weekly injection from 3 to 5 weeks) with some specific exercises which accelerate the pain relief and result in a more complete overall treatment. Quadricep Extensions and Wall Slides are two of the more effective exercises which improve the outcome of the overall treatment. This approach to the hyaluronan treatment is supported by scientific study if you wish to read more about it here.
You may be asked to avoid strenuous activities for a couple of days following the injection. Most patients experience little or no discomfort during the injection. If you’re concerned about the injection, talk to your practitioner about ways to reduce any mild pain that may occur.