Joint Fluid Therapy is used for the treatment of pain in osteoarthritis of the knee in patients who have failed to get adequate relief from simple painkillers or from exercise and physical therapy. Joint Fluid Therapy is a solution consisting of highly purified sodium hyaluronate (hyaluronan). Hyaluronan is a natural substance found in the body and is a common constituent of connective tissues and the thick, viscous fluid (synovial fluid) found in joints. Hyaluronan acts like a lubricant and shock absorber in synovial fluid of a healthy joint. Osteoarthritis reduces your synovial fluid's ability to protect and lubricate your joint.
Joint fluid therapy is covered by most insurance plans. The procedures for reimbursement vary from payer to payer and even from policy to policy within a payer. Many require that your doctor provide Joint Fluid Therapy at the office. If your physician does not stock Joint Fluid Therapy and he or she prescribes it, some insurance plans, particularly Medicare, may not cover the charges. We recommend you discuss reimbursement with your physician as well as your insurer before you begin treatment.
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