The Role of Hyaluronan in Your Knee

The Role of Hyaluronan in Your Knee

It’s easy to take our bodies for granted until something starts to hurt or stops working right, especially when it involves our knees. Unfortunately, our bodies are complex systems that can begin to fail when we least expect it. But there are ways to restore function, even when it involves joint deterioration from arthritis.

At Orthopedic Associates of Southwest FloridaDr. Edward R. Dupay, Jr. understands how joint pain can slow you down, especially when it affects a crucial part of your body like your knees. That’s why he offers Synvisc-One® injections as a long-term solution to help restore a key component of joint function that starts to decrease with age — hyaluronan.

Taking a closer look at hyaluronan

You may have heard of beauty treatments boasting the ingredient hyaluronic acid — also known as hyaluronan. While you can find approximately half of the hyaluronan in your body in your skin, it’s also in your joints, where it keeps the bones well-lubricated.

However, like many key substances in our body, hyaluronic acid production begins decreasing with age. In your skin, these changes lead to lost volume and plumpness, along with less hydration, or aging skin. And it can have an equally striking impact on your knees.

As hyaluronan decreases in your knee joint, your bones start grinding against each other more. This increased friction can cause inflammation and cartilage deterioration, all factors that increase osteoarthritis symptoms, like stiffness, reduced mobility, and pain.

Relieving knee pain with Synvisc-One

Beauty treatments aren’t the only methods that leverage the healing power of hyaluronic acid. They also exist for osteoarthritis. 

Synvisc-One injections work by injecting hyaluronan into your knee joint to increase lubrication and cushioning, which can relieve pain, decrease inflammation, and restore mobility. And, once in place, it also stimulates new bone tissue and cartilage growth in the area, providing even more long-term relief.

Unlike other treatment methods, Synvisc-One can ease osteoarthritis symptoms for up to six months. It’s also a highly safe and effective alternative to cortisone injections, which often require a series of treatments to provide results and can put you at risk of more cartilage loss.

What to expect from Synvisc-One therapy

In most cases, Dr. Dupay recommends less invasive treatments before administering Synvisc-One injections. However, if you haven’t found relief from other approaches, like weight loss, exercise, and pain relievers, Synvisc-One can often offer results in one injection.

During your appointment, Dr. Dupay applies a numbing cream to the injection site. This step should reduce any pain when receiving the injection itself, but it’s common to have temporary redness, swelling, heat, or discomfort after treatment. Dr. Dupay recommends avoiding strenuous activity for at least 48 hours.

Everyone responds to Synvisc-One injections differently, but most experience improved knee pain relief within one month.

Curious to see if Synvisc-One can help with your knee pain? Contact Orthopedic Associates of Southwest Florida in Fort Myers by calling 239-768-2272 to schedule a consultation today. 

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