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What's the difference between hyaluronic acid and cortisone injections?

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Dr. Joel McClurg
Orthopedic Surgery
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In brief: Big differences

Cortisone injections are performed to decrease joint inflammation.
Injections with hyaluronic acid derivatives have a number of known and some unexplained actions on the joint. The hyaluronic acid derivatives increase lubrication, and change how the lining of the knee functions. Cortisone is usually one injection, hyaluronic acid is 3 or more injections.

In brief: Big differences

Cortisone injections are performed to decrease joint inflammation.
Injections with hyaluronic acid derivatives have a number of known and some unexplained actions on the joint. The hyaluronic acid derivatives increase lubrication, and change how the lining of the knee functions. Cortisone is usually one injection, hyaluronic acid is 3 or more injections.
Dr. Joel McClurg
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Dr. Lauren Romeo
Wound care

In brief: A lot!

Hyaluronic acid is a substance derived from animal skin and joints.
.And is found in our own bodies. Injectable cortisone is a drug. We make our own cortisone but it is not the same. There are many side effects to cortisone. Ask your pharmacist to give you information on each.

In brief: A lot!

Hyaluronic acid is a substance derived from animal skin and joints.
.And is found in our own bodies. Injectable cortisone is a drug. We make our own cortisone but it is not the same. There are many side effects to cortisone. Ask your pharmacist to give you information on each.
Dr. Lauren Romeo
Dr. Lauren Romeo
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