What to Expect When Getting a Hyaluronic Acid / Gel Injection.
At IPM, our board-certified nurse practitioner will assess your need and qualifications for a hyaluronan injection with you. The nurse practitioner will also administer the injections if it is right for you.
It may take more than one injection for the pain to go away. Depending on your assessment, you may only need a single shot. At most, you may get three to four injections, but spaced a week apart.
In any case, the injection is given the same way. First, the provider cleans the area. If your knee, for instance, is swollen with excess fluid, she may first inject a local painkiller, they must first insert a needle into the joint to withdraw excess fluid. With the same needle still in place, they can usually inject the hyaluronic acid into the joint. Often hyaluronic acid injections are performed in conjunction with platelet-rich plasma (PRP).
After an injection, you should not do any hard weight-bearing activity for one or two days. Otherwise, you should be able to resume normal activities.