WHAT IS HYALGAN® GEL?
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.