More than 31 million Americans suffer from osteoarthritis, and as the population ages, that number will go up. Osteoarthritis can develop in many joints in your body, but when it hits your knees, the pain and inflammation can make it hard to walk, stoop, climb stairs, and sit.
At Orthopedic Associates of Southwest Florida, our team, led by Dr. Edward Dupay Jr., has one goal: to restore pain-free movement to our patients. Dr. Dupay utilizes viscosupplementation and other interventional treatment protocols that not only tackle pain but also restore movement and range of motion.
When it comes to your arthritic knees, we’ve found that Synvisc-One injections are an effective, nonsurgical way to lubricate your joints and introduce a shock absorber that relieves pain and gets you up and moving again.
The joints in your body are largely made up of bones, tendons, ligaments, and cartilage. With osteoarthritis, your cartilage is compromised. Cartilage is a slick material that covers the ends of the bones in your joints, allowing them to glide easily against one another. With age and repeated use, your knee joints succumb to osteoarthritis, your cartilage breaks down, and your bones to rub together directly, which causes inflammation, pain, and stiffness in the joint.
Osteoarthritis in your knees affects your whole body and your overall quality of life because of their critical role in the support and mobility of your entire body.
Our team at Orthopedic Associates of Southwest Florida addresses your knee pain with Synvisc-One or viscosupplementation. This is an injection of a natural, gel-like substance called hyaluronic acid that provides much-needed lubrication within your joint. Hyaluronic acid is something your body already produces and is found in your joints and eyes. Because your body recognizes the substance, it readily accepts the treatment.
Introducing this viscous fluid into your joints prevents your bones from rubbing together, which resolves your swelling, pain, and stiffness.
To administer the Synvisc-One viscosupplementation, Dr. Dupay applies a local anesthetic to the surface of your skin and then injects your knee with the hyaluronic acid solution. For precision and accuracy, he uses advanced imaging to ensure that he hits the mark, giving you the best possible results.
After the injection, you can go home and relax. As the hyaluronic acid settles in, you should plan to take it easy for a day or two and ease back into normal activity.
You’ll notice significant improvement in your ability to move around after just a few days, as well as a reduction in swelling and pain. You may need a series of additional injections, depending on the extent of your arthritis. Dr. Dupay gives you a complete plan of treatment and lets you know what to expect every step of the way.
To find out how viscosupplementation can help you overcome the pain of your arthritic knees, call our office or request an appointment online.