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What is viscosupplementation? aka "the chicken shots"

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Products such as Synvisc, Supartz, and Hyalgan are derivatives of cartilage produced from the combs of chickens. When injected into the arthritic joint, they may reduce pain by restoring the natural viscosity to the protective joint fluid. Large randomized trials have not demonstrated an improved performance over cortisone. Patients may experience a temporary irritation of the joint following injection and those with allergies to poultry or sulfa may not receive this treatment.

What is viscosupplementation? aka "the chicken shots"

Products such as Synvisc, Supartz, and Hyalgan are derivatives of cartilage produced from the combs of chickens. When injected into the arthritic joint, they may reduce pain by restoring the natural viscosity to the protective joint fluid. Large randomized trials have not demonstrated an improved performance over cortisone. Patients may experience a temporary irritation of the joint following injection and those with allergies to poultry or sulfa may not receive this treatment.