Osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis of the knee. In the United States alone, 27 million people suffer from Osteoarthritis. Frequently in patient’s with OA, the synovial fluid breaks down and doesn’t provide adequate lubrication for the patient’s knees. Patients complain that this condition interferes with their way of life and prevents them from doing things that they enjoy.
Discuss your pain with your doctor and work with him to find the right solution for you whether it is over the counter medications, prescriptions, steriod injections or viscosupplementation injections. There are three products on the market used by our office, Synvisc, OrthoVisc and Euflexxa. These products act like a lubricant for the knee joint and help to relieve pain and often improve function. They are injected into the knee over a period of usually three to four weekly appointments in the office. You should avoid strenuous activity for 24-48 hours after the injections.