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Hyaluronic acid is sim­i­lar to sub­stances that oc­cur nat­u­rally in your joint. The out­side of the joint (joint cap­sule) is com­prised of a sturdy fi­brous tis­sue. The lin­ing of the joint cap­sule con­tains syn­ovial cells which se­crete a thick, vis­cous syn­ovial fluid. Hyaluronic acid con­trib­utes to the vis­cous na­ture of the joint fluid, nour­ishes the car­ti­lage, helps elim­i­nate waste prod­ucts, lu­bri­cates the joint and acts as a shock ab­sorber in­side the joint. Hyaluronic acid is re­duced or lost with those who suf­fer from os­teoarthri­tis.

There­fore, the eas­i­est way to think of hyaluronic acid in­jec­tions is that they help re­place the joint’s nat­u­ral fluid, which is oth­er­wise lost in os­teoarthri­tis. It is sim­i­lar to chang­ing the oil in your car. If your car were to run low on oil you would have some se­ri­ous wear and tear on the mov­ing parts. More oil would be nec­es­sary to rem­edy the sit­u­a­tion.

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