Hyaluronic Acid Injections

Thorpes Physiotherapy is now offering Hyaluronic Acid (HA) injections. This is a treatment used for arthritis affecting the knee, hip, ankle, big toe, thumb and shoulder. With all new treatments come a degree of scepticism but HA has been around for well over 20 years and there is now substantial evidence in support of its use for a wide range of conditions.

HA injections have been shown to reduce pain and improve function in joints such as the knee with mild to moderate osteoarthritis with the effects lasting from 4 to 12 months. We have found them to be a safe and effective way of managing osteoarthritis in conjunction with Physiotherapy.

The Hyaluronic Acid injections that we use are synthetically produced in laboratories but has the same properties as the real stuff produced in our own joints. What we invariably see is a consistent reduction in pain which leads to progressive increases in function and mobility. The beauty of the treatment is that there are no harmful side effects and at a time when the medical profession have become more cautious about the use of repeated steroid injections (rightly so) or long term use of anti inflammatory medication, this treatment provides an effective, safe and repeatable solution for mild-moderate arthritis. The only downside is that HA is not readily available on the NHS but, for comparatively little cost, the prospect of reduced pain, improved function and a return to normal activities are all within reach. Studies confirm HA injections :

  • Reduce pain.
  • Improve lubrication.
  • Improve shock absorption.
  • Improve nutrition to joint surfaces.

The injections are performed by Clinic Director Jonathan Smith, who has been an injection therapist since 2008 and a Tutor for The Society of Musculoskeletal Medicine (teaching injection therapy) since 2008.

For more information about HA injections please call 01276 37670 or email admin@thorpesphysiotherapy.com

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