Cost and Use of Hyaluronic Acid Knee Injections in Malaysia 2021

Osteoarthritis of the knee can affect anyone, but it usually develops in people over age 65. It’s a progressive disease, meaning it becomes more painful and difficult to move your knee over time.

Your doctor will probably prescribe oral medications and suggest lifestyle modifications before recommending knee injections. Before you turn to surgery, weigh the pros and cons of injections.

While there is no study on the number of Malaysians suffering from osteoarthritis, it’s estimated that more than 60 per cent of the worldwide population aged 65 and above has some form of the disease.

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TREATING THE PAIN

Medication for osteoarthritis is usually painkillers. You are also asked to take supplements, glucosamine sulphates and chondroitin sulphates, to help build new cartilage.

You can also opt for knee injections. These are the main types of knee injections used in the treatment of osteoarthritis.

Corticosteroids

Corticosteroids are designed to be similar to cortisol, a hormone that is naturally produced in the body. The main purpose is to reduce inflammation.

Although oral corticosteroids are used to treat rheumatoid arthritis, which is a systemic disease, this isn’t an option for osteoarthritis.

If you have osteoarthritis in your knee, corticosteroids are most effective when injected directly into the joint. It’s a targeted treatment to reduce inflammation so bone doesn’t rub on bone as you move your knee.

The following medications are types of corticosteroids:
  • methylprednisolone
  • triamcinolone acetonide (Kenalog, Triesence, Zilretta)
  • triamcinolone hexacetonide (Aristospan)

Hyaluronic acid (viscosupplements)

If you have osteoarthritis, you probably don’t have enough hyaluronic acid in your knees. This substance helps to coat your cartilage and acts as a lubricant and shock absorber so your knee can move freely.

This thick medication serves to supplement your own hyaluronic acid and keep the bones from scraping against each other. It may also help decrease inflammation and ease pain.

The following medications are types of hyaluronic acid injections:
  • sodium hyaluronate (Euflexxa, Hyalgan, Supartz)
  • high-molecular-weight hyaluronan (Monovisc, Orthovisc)
  • hylan G-F 20 (Synvisc, Synvisc One)
  • cross-liked hyaluronate (Gel-One)

Fluid aspiration (arthrocentesis)

Rather than injecting something into the knee, this procedure takes fluid out of the knee. Removing excess fluid may provide immediate relief from pain and swelling. This is sometimes done prior to receiving an injection of corticosteroids or hyaluronic acid.

PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) for Knee Osteoarthritis

Despite its use, there has been conflicting evidence about the effectiveness of PRP in treating knee OA. A meta-analysis (Trusted Source) from 2017 reviewed 14 randomized controlled trials with a total of 1,423 participants. It found that PRP appears to be effective in managing pain associated with knee OA. Researchers noted that, compared with placeboes, PRP injections significantly reduced pain scores at 3-, 6-, and 12-month follow-ups. And compared with controls, PRP significantly improved physical function at these follow-ups. The study did not see a significant improvement in postinjection adverse events.

While those results are promising, 10 of the 14 studies in the meta-analysis were at high risk of bias and 4 were at moderate risk of bias. More studies are needed to determine the efficacy of using RPR to manage pain from OA of the knee.

HYALURONIC ACID KNEE INJECTION COST IN MALAYSIA

In Malaysia, the average cost of hyaluronic acid knee injection is around RM 1,000 per injection. You might need around 3 to 4 injections.


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If you are in doubt which centre to go for your hyaluronic acid (HA) knee injection, you can contact us (WhatsApp) for assistance.

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