Are oral hyaluronic acid supplements effective for treating joint pain?

There are no good studies showing that hyaluronic acid taken orally or in any other form treats joint pain or anything else.

The only approved use of hyaluronic acid is for injections into a joint. They coat the inner joint and offer some "padding". The hyaluronic acid disappears in five to nine months and symptoms return. The next time hyaluronic acid is injected, it lasts only about three months.

Information on hyaluronic acid (Synvisc) injections

Checked 2/22/17

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