Hyaluronic Acid (HA) Gel Injections

Hyaluronic Acid (HA) or “Gel Shots” Aftercare Guide

For further information and reference:

How It works:

  • With age and with prior trauma or knee surgery, we lose cartilage and fluid in the joint tends to become “watery” as opposed to children who have joint fluid that is very viscous (“gel like”). “Watery” fluid in the joint cannot support the knee as well as viscous fluid in the joint and therefore leads to further “wear and tear” otherwise known as “arthritis.” To sustain function and avoid joint surgery, HA shots can help
  • HA is a naturally occurring substance in your body. The products we use are high molecular weight versions and are designed to stay in the joint for an extended period of time providing cushion and protection to your joint


  • Soreness, stiffness, or “fullness” in the joint for 2-3 days after the injection. It is rare but these symptoms can persist up to 7-10 days.
  • It can take 4-6 weeks for the “full effect” of the HA shot.

May Use:

  • Over the counter anti-inflammatories or analgesics (Tylenol (acetaminophen),,
  • Advil (ibuprofen), Aleve (naproxen), arnica, or lidocaine).
  • Ice
  • Increase water intake
  • Healthy Eating rich in protein, fruit, vegetables. Low in processed sugar and alcohol for 48 hours

Activity after treatment:

You may return to regular activity or physical therapy after 48 hours with Supartz and after 72 hours with Durolane. This can be discussed with a provider more fully on an individual bias.

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