Knee pain is a very common complaint I hear from patients. It can be caused for a variety of reasons depending on our age, what we have put our body through, or even genetic predisposition to osteoarthritis or early degeneration. And most of patients have tried different therapies or treatments that don't seem to stick. Around six months ago, when I had a long time patient of mine go through his second consecutive failed knee surgery, and was in more pain than before, I thought there has to be something better out there.
Usually the route when you go to your doctor with knee pain is here are some prescription anti inflammatory's and pain pills, oh that didn't work let's shoot it up with steroids and send you to physical therapy, try more steroids, and as they begin to wear off and not work as well lets refer you out for a surgical consultation. And guess what, when you go to a surgeon, guess what he or she is going recommend? You guessed it! Surgery! Which should always be your absolute last resort. And did you know multiple studies have shown that fake or sham knee surgeries were just as effective as real ones? Yea that was not a misprint. Check out some these...
Fake Knee Surgery as Good as Real Procedure, Study Finds
Common Knee Surgery Does Very Little for Some, Study Suggests
Arthroscopic Partial Meniscectomy versus Sham Surgery for a Degenerative Meniscal Tear
You may not be better off after knee surgery
Crazy right? So imagine going through surgery to have no long lasting effect. So what did I find in my search? I found a substance called Hyaluronate, which is extremely similar to a substance which occurs naturally in your joints. The brand name we use in the office is called Supartz. This stuff in MAGIC. You are literally lubricating the knee and adding that "jelly" back in to the joint space that has worn away. I have had patients that have had chronic knee pain for years that are now pain free. Even my own grandmother! What is awesome is this is not a pain killer or steroid, this is getting to the problem that is causing your pain not just masking it. It is also very preventative as well, by adding that jelly it prevents further degeneration. Schedule a consultation at Adjust Dallas to see if you are a good candidate for Supartz.
Also check out what WebMD has to say about it...
This medication is used to treat knee pain in patients with joint inflammation (osteoarthritis). It is usually used in patients who have not responded to other treatments such as acetaminophen, exercise, or physical therapy. Hyaluronate (also known as hyaluronan) is similar to a substance that occurs naturally in the joints. It may work by acting as a lubricant and shock absorber in the joint, helping the knee to move smoothly, thereby lessening pain.
How to use Supartz intra-articular
Read the Patient Information Leaflet provided by your health care professional before you start using hyaluronate and each time you get a refill. If you have any questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
Your doctor will give this medication by injection into the affected joint, usually once a week. Skin disinfectants that contain ammonium salts (such as benzalkonium chloride) should not be used to prepare the injection site. Your doctor may need to remove extra fluid from the joint before injecting the medicine. Dosage is based on your medical condition and response to treatment.
Hyaluronate should not be injected into a vein or artery because increased side effects may occur.
After receiving an injection of hyaluronate, you should avoid any activities that put stress on your knee (such as jogging, tennis, heavy lifting, standing on your feet for more than an hour) for 48 hours.
Also, after the injection, you may experience increased pain and swelling in the knee at first. If the pain or swelling continues or worsens, talk to your doctor promptly.
It is important to have this medication injected on schedule. It may take up to 3 injections before the full benefits of this medication occur.
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