Arthritis knee pain, particularly osteoarthritis, affects a large part of the population. Hyaluronic acid (Synvisc) knee injections have shown good results. With the average age of the U.S. population continuing to climb, effectively treating the symptoms of osteoarthritis, such as knee pain, is increasingly relevant. While no treatment strategies have yet been found to cure osteoarthritis, injectable supplements of hyaluronic acid (H.A.) have shown good results in clinical trials.
By: Dr. Jason Gruss, MD, FAAPM&R
First Health Associates, Department of Physical Medicine
ARTHRITIS OF THE KNEE
When cartilage between the joint and bone wear down, the bones rub together. Without healthy cartilage, inflammation, loss of motion and pain associated with osteoarthritis often occurs. Rheumatoid arthritis can have some symptoms in common. However, the causes and processes of each form differs, and different treatments can apply.
Osteoarthritis is a degenerative disease that develops over time. The classic symptom is pain that worsens in damp weather and pain aggravated by activity and relieved by rest. Replenishing the fluid in your knees with hyaluronic knee injections can reduce pain and improve motion.
Osteoarthritis usually appears in people over age 60. Younger people can also get osteoarthritis. It can be due to past traumatic joint injuries or repetitive joint stress from overuse. It is common in athletes, people standing for long periods and whose jobs requires bending and climbing ladders. Hyaluronic acid has been found to reduce the painful symptoms of osteoarthritis due to its anti-inflammatory, lubrication and protective effects.
SYNVISC KNEE INJECTIONS CAN HELP REDUCE KNEE PAIN
Studies show that local injections of H.A., such as Synvisc or Synvisc-One, can reduce knee pain caused by osteoarthritis. Synvisc is one of a handful of FDA-approved injectable preparations of H.A., and a single injection of Synvisc-One is effective for up to six months in patients with knee osteoarthritis.
Knee injections of Synvisc act to supplement the lubricating fluid in the knee and cushion the joint to absorb shock from movement. While it can take up to five weeks to take effect, most people start feeling relief of symptoms soon after the injections.
Demonstrated to be safe and effective, H.A. products may have a few associated side effects like local pain and swelling if injections are frequent. Talk with your health care physician about whether H.A. injections can help you.
Since 1981, First Health Associates has been providing exceptional health care to residents of Arlington Heights, Mt. Prospect, Schaumburg, Buffalo Grove, Rolling Meadows, Palatine, Elk Grove and Des Plaines. First Health is an integrative medicine practice that offers: Medical Care; Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine; Counseling and Behavioral Therapy; and Chiropractic Care.
Jason Gruss, MD, FAAPM&R, is the director of First Health Associates Physical Medicine Department.Leave a reply →