Supartz – Joint Fluid Therapy
If your doctor suggests Supartz Joint Fluid Therapy for knee pain, you may be interested in learning more about it.
This section of our website provides key facts about Supartz joint fluid therapy and related issues for patients and their families.
By browsing the site, you will be able to gather information about:
- Knee Anatomy and Function
- Degenerative Changes Associated with Knee Arthritis
- What is Supartz?
- Supartz Treatment
- Insurance Coverage and Patient Information
While medications and supplements can be helpful in reducing inflammation and pain and help you delay or avoid knee surgery, there are trade-offs. Drug therapies may have side effects, and there is a limit to how much pain reduction can occur.
In a procedure called joint fluid therapy, a series of injections is made directly into the knee joints. This therapy is designed to reduce pain by improving lubrication in the knee, replacing the synovial fluid that lubricates the knee. Hyaluronate is used for the treatment of osteoarthritis knee pain in patients who have failed to get adequate relief from simple painkillers or from exercise and physical therapy.
A solution made of highly purified, sodium hyaluronate (trade name Supartz*) is used in this procedure. Supartz is made from a natural chemical found in the body and is found in particularly high amounts in joint tissues and in the fluid (synovial fluid) that fills the joints.
The body’s own hyaluronan acts like a lubricant and shock absorber in synovial fluid of a healthy joint. Osteoarthritis reduces your synovial fluid’s ability to protect and lubricate your joint.
Supartz* is a trademark of Seikagaku; Smith & Nephew; Bioventus. Contents Courtesy of Seikagaku; Smith & Nephew; Bioventus supartz.com