Hyaluronic acid (HA) is a protein that occurs naturally in the human body and is concentrated in synovial fluids, the valves of the heart and the eyes. It is a key component of cartilages, diminishing potential joint shocks and protecting the joints of potential inflammatory conditions, such as arthritis. In its extracted form, hyaluronic acid is a white powder. Besides being naturally found in the human body, it can also be injected in various places and for various purposes that are either cosmetic or medicinal.
Hyaluronic acid injections are generally used in cosmetic surgery, especially in order to achieve fuller lips and diminish the appearance of wrinkles. It is a healthier alternative to other procedure, and the risk of the body rejecting the injection is minimal. Hyaluronic acid is also an active ingredient in many face creams and lotions destined to combat the development of wrinkles. All in all, hyaluronic acid seems to be a great ingredient to keep your skin and lips looking healthy, plump and young at almost any age.
But besides its cosmetic properties, hyaluronic acid is also used medicinally. This natural ingredient has proven to also be very effective in the treatment of arthritis, osteoarthritis in particular.
What is arthritis?
Arthritis is a disease that consists in the inflammation of one or more joints of the body. There are many types of arthritis that have been discovered so far (over 100), and the most frequently encountered are osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, juvenile arthritis, reactive arthritis, septic arthritis, fibromyalgia and gout. The main symptoms of arthritis are pain, swelling, stiffness and occasionally redness and warmth in the affected area. Unfortunately, medical research has not managed to develop a cure for arthritis just yet. This can be very unpleasant and lower the quality of life drastically, but there are various ways to keep them under control. Physiotherapy and pharmaceutical drugs such from the steroid and non-steroid anti-inflammatory category seem to be the most popular options, but there are also some great natural remedies that can keep the symptoms and damage caused by arthritis at bay.
The benefits of hyaluronic acid
Over time, arthritis that is left untreated, or is treated poorly can lead to permanent damage of the joint, cartilage and surrounding tissue. Hyaluronic acid injections are a great solution to repair these areas of the body that are affected by arthritis, because it is a natural component of the synovial tissue and cartilage surrounding the joint.
Due to the nature of this treatment, it is advisable that you undergo it under strict medical supervision. It is neither safe, nor effective to perform injections on yourself. Even though hyaluronic acid is a substance that is naturally found in many parts of the human body and there is little to no chance that your body will react badly to it or reject it, better to be safe than sorry! If you believe hyaluronic acid is an appropriate treatment option for you and your doctor hasn’t suggested it yet, discuss it with him or her before attempting to administer it.