Hyaluronic acid is a major component of normal synovial fluid. Found in the body’s joints, the primary role of synovial fluid is to reduce friction between articular cartilage during movement. Changes in the synovial fluid and degeneration of joint structures may lead to OA pain, most commonly in the hips and knees. Hyaluronic acid (HA) injections such as Monovisc®, Durolane®, and Cingal® have been proven effective in the treatment of pain resulting from early to moderate stage OA by lubricating the cartilage surfaces (much the same as oil lubricates an engine).
The Calgary PRP Clinic offers HA injections both on their own and in conjunction with PRP.