SYNVISC Injections

Your Non-Surgical
Solution to Knee Pain

Knee pain caused by osteoarthritis can be extremely painful and debilitating. It affects your mobility, making it hard to even walk around the house. In some severe cases, conservative treatment methods such as medication, exercise, and physical therapy do not work and fail to relieve the pain of patients.

In such advanced cases, it may seem like surgery is the only option left for any relief at all. However, thanks to SYNVISC injections, you don’t have to go under the knife to alleviate your knee pain even if medication and physical therapy do not work for you.

At Bay Area Orthopaedic and Sports Specialists, Dr. Warren Strudwick has successfully administered SYNVISC injections to a number of patients who are looking for relief from their osteoarthritis knee pain.

What is an SYNVISC injection?

SYNVISC injection is a visco-supplement injection that supplements the fluid found in your knee, providing lubrication and cushioning the joint so that your knee pain caused by osteoarthritis can be alleviated. Three injections provide pain relief for a period of six months.

SYNVISC is a gel-like mixture that is made from a substance known as hyaluronan, which comes from chicken combs. Hyaluronan is also a natural substance that is found in the human body. It is available in very high amounts in the joints where it acts as a natural shock absorber, while also lubricating it. As such, hyaluronan is essential for the joints to work properly.

When should you consider
SYNVISC injections?

If you are suffering from intense knee pain because of osteoarthritis and conservative methods of treatment such as over-the-counter medication, rest, exercise, physical therapy, and diets have not done anything to alleviate your pain, then SYNVISC injections may be the right treatment option for you.

Especially if you don’t want to undergo surgery to treat your condition and alleviate your knee pain, SYNVISC injections can be a great option for pain relief for a long period of time.

At Bay Area Orthopaedic and Sports Specialists, we always strive to provide our patients with the best care possible and a treatment plan customized just for you. Dr. Strudwick will carefully assess your condition before recommending any treatment to ensure that it is the best option for you.

If both your knees are affected by osteoarthritis, you can even receive the injections in both knees at the same time, or at different times. Dr. Strudwick will tell you which is the best option for you.

What is the procedure like?

SYNVISC injections should be administered by a specialist such as an orthopaedic surgeon. The procedure is fairly simple, but it is imperative that an experienced and trained professional carries it out to avoid complications.

The procedure will take just a few minutes and is done in the doctor’s office. You will be given a numbing agent so that you won’t feel any pain when the solution is injected into your knee. Your doctor will carefully administer the injection directly to your knee.

You will have to receive one injection each week over the course of three weeks, which means that by the end of your treatment, you would have taken three SYNVINC injections in total. This will provide you with pain relief for the next six months.

After you have received the injections, you can go home without having to stay in the hospital or clinic overnight. To prevent any kind of swelling and pain, it is recommended that you apply ice on your knee and rest it for some time after the injections. Moreover, for the next 48 hours, make sure to avoid strenuous physical activities that put a lot of pressure on your knees such as jogging and high-impact sports.

Even though you may feel a difference after the first injection itself, it is important that you take all three injections to get the maximum benefits. Even though every patient is different and responds to the injections in their own time, most experience the greatest pain relief about 8 to 12 weeks after their first injection.

Who can benefit from
SYNVISC injections?

If you identify with the following, SYNVISC injections may be the right solution for you:

▸ You have osteoarthritis that results in intense knee pain, affecting your mobility and daily activities.
▸ You have tried various treatments such as medication, physical therapy, special diets, and exercise, but none of these has helped you successfully alleviate your pain.
▸ You don’t want to undergo surgery and are looking for a minimally invasive and effective treatment option.
▸ You are not allergic to birds, feathers and egg products.

If your knee pain is stopping you from living your best life now, you don’t have to compromise every day. With SYNVINC injections, you can wake up every day free of knee pain. To know more or to book a consultation, get in touch with us today.

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