People can normally go home shortly after the viscosupplementation procedure, and some may even be able to go back to work later in the day. However, people recovering from viscosupplementation need to take care when using the treated knee. It’s best to limit weight-bearing activities for 48 hours. People should avoid standing for long time periods, and they shouldn’t run, jog, dance, jump or engage in high-impact aerobics. They should also avoid lifting heavy objects after a viscosupplementation procedure.
Typically, people return to their health care providers periodically to evaluate the results of viscosupplementation and to discuss the next steps. If the initial injection failed to produce desired results, the provider may recommend additional viscosupplementation procedures. If the initial regimen alleviates symptoms, but the pain returns later, viscosupplementation may be repeated.
If viscosupplementation isn’t successful in alleviating pain or the effects wear off after a period of time, the health care provider may then suggest surgical intervention, such as a knee replacement.
Northeast Spine and Sports Medicine has a team of specialists that includes surgeons, cardiologists, massage therapists and occupational therapists who can collaborate to diagnose and treat pain. Contact them to schedule an appointment for an evaluation and to discuss a treatment plan.