19 Apr Synvisc Injections for Knee Pain Relief in San Diego
FAQs on Synvisc Injections
Synvisc injections are used to viscosupplement the knee joint and enhance lubrication and cushioning effects. The popularity of these anti-arthritis injections rest primarily on their success in providing a better alternative to failed pharmacological treatment and conservative therapies and preventing the need for surgical implants in patients with osteoarthritis or degenerative knee arthritis.
What is Synvisc injection?
Synvisc is among the top brands of injections available for viscosupplemention of joints in the United States. A Synvisc injection contains hyaluronan, a derivative of hyaluronic acid that lubricates joints and keeps cartilages healthy and robust. The viscosupplement injection helps lubricate the cartilage and enhance cushioning effects in patients with knee osteoarthritis or degenerative arthritis. Three Synvisc injections assure relief from pain and immobility for up to six months.
What are medical conditions treated with Synvisc injections?
Synvisc injections are used to treat osteoarthritis in knee and hip joints. Osteoarthritis is a type of degenerative arthritis. A patient is diagnosed with arthritis when he or she becomes subject to chronic inflammation in joints due to cartilage breakdown. Degenerative arthritis or osteoarthritis refers to “chronic breakdown of cartilage in the joints” following wear and tear. It becomes more pronounced as the secretion of synovial fluid, a key element to main health of cartilage, from the nearby sac dries down.
Cartilage is a tough elastic tissue that provides cushioning effect to bones forming a joint and prevents their rubbing against each other. As the cartilage is deteriorates, it becomes thin depriving bones any smooth surface to glide. Bones rub with each other leading to pain and restricted movement. Synvisc injections help reverse the cartilage damage by lubricating and restoring it.
How do Synvisc injections provide relief?
Synvisc injections insert hyaluronan or artificial synovial fluid to lubricate cartilage in osteoarthritis-affected knee joints and keep it lubricated through viscosupplemention. The thick, viscous hyaluronate ensures greater cushioning in the joint by lubricating the dry cartilage. It also stimulates the Synovial capsule to make and release more hyaluronic acid to the joint.
Greater supply of lubricating material helps in restoration of cartilage to a healthy state and prevents its further degeneration. Enhanced cushioning means less rubbing of bones and better mobility without joint pain.
How effective are Synvisc injections?
- Various studies and post-marketing reports have indicated superior effect of viscosupplemention through hyaluronic injections compared to medication and other treatment therapies. Many even found it is more beneficial than implant surgeries.
- According to a meta-analysis of 29 studies, the viscosupplemention treatment provides significant improvement in patients suffering knee osteoarthritis. (Clinical Medical Insights: Arthritis Musculoskeletal Disorders, 2013)
- Australian researchers found at least 54 percent reduction in pain and at least 35 percent increase in mobility of patients treated with viscosupplemention for knee osteoarthritis.
- Synvisc injections with hyaluronan are more beneficial when compared with corticosteroid injections as far as pain relief duration and frequency of injections are concerned.
- A research report made public by the Journal of bone and Joint Surgery shows significant benefit of hyaluronan viscosupplemention for patients with moderate knee osteoarthritis. The pain relief lasts between six months and a year.
Who is a suitable candidate for Synvisc injections?
A patient with the following conditions can consider having Synvisc injections.
- Osteoarthritis in the knee with debilitating pain
- Failure of medication to provide adequate relief
- No improvement in the condition despite having various non-surgical treatments
- Not interested in or fit for surgery and implants
- Who cannot take NSAIDS
- Not allergic to poultry products
What is injected through Synvisc injections?
Synvisc injections have hyaluronan, a viscous supplement similar to hyaluronic acid found in the synovial capsule of a joint. The primary function of the hyaluronic acid is to provide lubrication to the joint and preserve cushioning impact of the cartilage. When this natural substance dries down, cartilage becomes hard due to lack of lubrication rendering reduced cushioning effect and more chances of bone rubbing.
Hyaluronan in Synvisc injections viscosupplement the cartilage and enhance its cushioning effect through lubrication.
How is a Synvisc injection administered?
Administration of Synvisc injections is a simple and straight forward process. The fluid is injected into the knee. A patient has three injections with a gap of one week between the two. However, only a specialist should be contacted for administration of injections. depending on the need, a local anesthetic may be used.
How long administration of a Synvisc injection takes?
It takes about 10 minutes.
How do I feel after having Synvisc injections? Is there any precaution required?
It is an outpatient procedure and patients are discharged after a brief observation. It is better to have rest for the day and avoid strenuous activities for 48 hours. No weight bearing or running is allowed for 2 to 3 days. There is no restriction on normal activities. Also avoid extended walk. Use ice packs on the injection site three to four times a day.
When can I expect pain relief?
Pain relief is visible after having the first of three injections. But this not experienced by all and patients must have all three injection with a one week gap to get the best results. It takes about 8 to 12 weeks from the date of the first injection to experience the maximum pain relief.
How long the impact lasts? How many Synvisc injections do I need?
Three injections within a span of three weeks assure pain relief for up to six months. Patients can repeat injections as per their need.
What are side effects of Synvisc injections?
- Injection-site soreness that lasts up to 48 hours
- Rare side effects, such as rashes and bruising
- 5 to 7 percent users suffer from pain, fluid accumulation and swelling close to the knee joint.
- One in 10,000 may suffer from infections
The providers at Sorrento Valley offer knee pain relief with Synvisc injections and other types of hyaluronic acid injections. Viscosupplementation is covered by insurance including Medicare and PPO’s, call Sorrento Valley today for the top knee pain relief imaginable.
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