Knee pain can put a halt to the way you live. Whether you used to spend every Saturday morning on the golf course or playing basketball with your friends, knee pain often stops that in its tracks. You may find walking difficult, though sitting for long periods can be just as worrisome. You are not ready to think about replacing your knees, though, even if over-the-counter medications no longer seem to take the edge off your pain. What can be done? Come in to see our knee pain doctors in New York City to learn more about Synvisc-One Injections. They could give you a bit more bounce in your step!
Why Shouldn’t You Put Off Knee Pain Treatment?
While knee pain is more likely as a person gets older and the cartilage and joint fluid in the knee itself is less present, that does not mean you should just live with the pain. Effective treatment options exist that can be highly beneficial to you and they don’t involve invasive surgical procedures. If you’re worried about whether or not you are ready for treatment for your knee pain, your first step should be to see our team. Putting off this type of treatment not only prolongs the amount of time you have to suffer, but it can also lead to more damage and bigger surgeries later.
When Should You See A Synvisc-One Injection Doctor in New York City?
We’re here for you today. There’s no reason to put off getting help. If you suffer from knee pain and it has worsened, but you are not ready for surgery just yet, we may be able to help you. This can help you to see more range of motion and better overall quality of life. It’s an injection with few risks and many opportunities.
Reduce Knee Pain: Synvisc-One®Injections
Many people suffer knee pain—sometimes in both knees! Osteoarthritis is a common cause of knee pain. Osteo refers to the bones in your knees, and arthritis is a degenerative condition that primarily affects cartilage and joint fluid (at least in the early stages). The movement of your knees is based on mechanics—bones provide structure; ligaments hold bones in place and help stabilize the joint, cartilage coats bones where they meet (reduces friction during movement), and synovial fluid is likened to “oil” that lubricates the joint.
Your knee pain
When the knee is injured and/or as a result of normal aging, the cartilage may begin to degenerate, wear away or change. During your evaluation by our staff, a plain x-ray, CT or MRI scan may be ordered. These special tests provide the doctors at Rehabilitation Medicine Center of New York with a picture of your knee’s anatomy. The condition of the bones, ligaments and cartilage can be assessed. You may be diagnosed with osteoarthritis. Even a little osteoarthritis can cause severe pain. Every patient is different. Some patients present with considerable osteoarthritis, yet they describe pain as mild. In our practice, it is your pain that is important to us!
No cure, but a novel treatment
Osteoarthritis often develops slowly and gradually worsens over time. Unfortunately, there is no cure for osteoarthritis, but there is a newer type of injection therapy that has helped reduce knee pain in many patients. It is called Synvisc-One®.
Synvisc-One (hylan G-F 20) is an injectable fluid with properties similar to your body’s synovial fluid. The Synvisc-One fluid is injected directly into the painful knee. The natural substance helps to lubricate and cushion the knee joint. Of course, if you are a candidate for Synvisc-One, our doctors can tell you more about it and answer all of your questions.
We provide you instructions for taking care of yourself after the injection. These may include avoiding knee strain, such as jogging or standing for a long time. Periodically applying an ice pack (wrapped in a towel) can help reduce injection site swelling and/or mild pain (10 minutes on, 10 minutes off). Our staff is always available to answer your questions or concerns.