Arthritis describes many diseases and conditions which cause inflammation or swelling in the joints. Osteoarthritis can commonly cause pain in the knees. This condition is also thought of as “wear-and-tear” arthritis because it develops as a result of the natural use and aging process. The condition is sometimes also called degenerative joint disease or age-related arthritis. This condition can affect the bones and joints, causing pain, swelling, and possibly deformity.
What are the symptoms of osteoarthritis?
Symptoms of osteoarthritis affecting the knees usually include:
- Swelling in joint
- Stiffness in joint
- Tenderness and pain in joint
- Reduced ability to move, walk, or bear weight
The incidence and diagnosis of OA of the knee among younger patients is rapidly expanding
- Investigators predict 6.5 million new cases of OA of the knee in the 35- to 84-year-old age group over the next decade
- Of the new cases, 59% of patients were aged 45 to 64 years
What treatments are available?
If you are diagnosed with osteoarthritis of the knee, your doctor may recommend one or more of the following treatment options reduce your symptoms:
- Lifestyle changes including moderate exercise, weight control, and reducing stress on your joints
- Oral pain relievers such as acetaminophen (e.g. Tylenol®), NSAIDs (e.g. Aleve® and Motrin®) and COX-2 inhibitors (e.g. Celebrex®)
- Physical and occupational therapy to strengthen muscles and improve mobility
- Steroid injections to temporarily relieve pain and reduce any swelling
- Viscosupplement Injections (also called hyaluronic acid injections) a knee injection that replaces damaged joint fluid with a substance similar to
healthyjoint fluid to reduce pain
- Surgery is often recommended when knee pain is severe, and other treatments have not provided relief
Most sufferers of knee OA have tried over the counter NSAIDs and possibly had a steroid injection. NSAIDs are very effective for acute injuries but can become problematic for chronic conditions such as OA. Steroid injections do a great job to suppress pain and swelling immediately, but the duration of the effect is short, i.e. up to 6 weeks. Viscosupplement Injections relieve pain and restore the natural protective function of synovial fluid in the knee joint. This reestablishes shock absorption and lubrication of the cartilage and soft tissues. These injections can provide relief for us to 26 weeks. Viscosupplement Injections may benefit knee OA sufferers who require a long-term treatment option for their pain.
Get up to 6 months relief from one injection
In knees with osteoarthritis, the joint fluid (called synovial fluid) can break down and not provide the cushioning your knee needs.
Viscosupplement Injections supplement your knee joint fluid to relieve the pain and improve the knee joint’s natural shock absorbing abilities.
A. Cartilage wears away
B. Bone spurs may develop
C. Joint fluid breaks down
D. Visco supplement injections replace joint fluid