What is Cingal®?
Cingal® is a new medication being introduced to the Wilderman Medical Clinic. It has been proven to provide short and long term relief of pain associated with osteoarthritis (OA).
Why is Cingal® so effective?
The medication has two parts: Hyaluronic acid (HA) and a fast acting steroid, triamcinolone hexacetonide. Hyaluronic acid provides long lasting pain relief, while the steroid gives fast and short-term relief of pain.
What is Hyaluronic Acid?
Hyaluronic Acid (HA) is an organic molecule that makes up a large portion of the synovial fluid. Synovial fluid acts as a lubricant between two joints, reducing the friction between articular cartilages. Thus, injection of HA can provide lubrication and mechanical support of joints by bulking up the synovial fluid.
Why choose Cingal®?
The medication was developed by Anika Therapeutics, a company that already has a strong line of products that treats pain associated with OA. The hyaluronic acid used is a cross-linked formulation, unique to Anika Therapeutics. It is even sold separately by the company and has been proven to provide relief from symptoms of OA for 6 months. It is a highly concentrated, non-animal based HA. Combined with an FDA-approved steroid for treating inflammation, the unique Cingal® formulation can provide rapid and long term pain relief.
The procedure is done in a single-injection. It has shown to be effective in initial injection and repeat injections. Therefore, if you have found other methods of treating OA pain ineffective or unsatisfactory, Cingal® can be a great option to add to become an effective part of your treatment plan.