Don’t do knee replacement until you’ve tried this simple procedure first!2016-10-17

Dr. Kenneth Winton of Family Care Clinic recommends trying Synvisc-One for osteoarthritis of the knee before resorting to joint replacement. Synvisc-One relieves pain and restores normal activities for many patients.

With chronic knee pain due to osteoarthritis, it’s very painful to try to do so many things. Playing golf; picking up grandchildren; walking through the park; dancing; and so much else.

Yet the remedy you hear the most about—knee joint replacement—requires weeks of therapy, more pain for a while and, well, surgery.

At Family Care Clinic there’s a simple treatment that can restore your quality of life with a simple injection in the office. The best part is that you can resume normal activity immediately after the injection—although you should avoid strenuous activity for about 48 hours.

Synvisc-One is a single-injection treatment that supplements the fluid in your knee in order to help lubricate and cushion the joint. In most cases it provides up to six months of osteoarthritis knee pain relief with just one injection.

The injection contains a gel-like mixture called hyaluronan, which is a natural substance found in the body, especially in knee joints. The body’s own hyaluronan acts like a lubricant and a shock absorber in your knee.

Osteoarthritis develops when your knee’s cartilage begins to break down and the space between bones narrows. Plus, knee joint fluid also breaks down and loses its ability to cushion and lubricate the knee. Bones rub against each other creating the feeling of crushing pain. Synvisc-One helps replace the knee joint fluid, relieving pain for up to six months.

Synvisc-One is for you if you’ve not received enough relief from changes in diet, exercise and over-the-counter pain medication. If you’ve tried this with no relief, ask about Synvisc-One at Family Care Clinic.

The most common side effects include pain, swelling, heat redness and/or fluid buildup around the knee. In a medical study, less than 6 percent of patients experienced these side effects, which were generally mild and did not last long.

The injection takes just a few minutes, and is done in the office at Family Care Clinic.

With the pain gone, you can resume normal activities—walking, jogging, playing with grandchildren, gardening and anything else that involves getting out and being active.

In fact, other than waiting about 48 hours to do strenuous exercise, it’s actually good to keep your knees active. You may opt for low-impact exercise like biking or swimming—ask the doctor about what’s right for your situation.

Family Care Clinic’s Dr. Kenneth Winton, who treats patients needing Synvisc-One, is excited about this treatment because of the way it relieves pain and restores lives. “I’m in the medical field because I love helping people. I want to make sure everyone I see, for whatever need they have, receives the best possible experience here,” he says.

So, are you ready to smile again? Are you ready to get back to your active life—to enjoy dancing, walking on the beach, getting out with friends and family again?

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