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10 Tips to Help You Dig in to Painless Gardening

Knee Exercise - Painless Gardening Tips - Be Prepared

#1 - Be prepared

Take a brisk five-minute walk before tackling the garden. Also, take time to stretch your chest, neck, shoulders, back and legs.

Knee Exercise - Painless Gardening Tips - Aim High

#2 - Aim high

You can forget squatting and bending if you build raised beds. Stand with your arms to your sides. Where the tips of your fingers hit is the perfect height for the top of the flowerbed. Enlist the help of a landscaper or neighbor to build the flowerbeds.

Knee Exercise - Painless Gardening Tips - Plant Perennials

#3 - Plant perennials

They require less maintenance than annuals and will not need to be replanted each year, saving you time, effort and money. With proper mulching to stave off weeds, perennials are plant-them-once, love-them-forever plants.

Knee Exercise - Painless Gardening Tips - Comfortable Tools

#4 - Invest in comfortable gardening tools

Rakes and shovels with padded handles ease gripping force, and long handles reduce the need for stooping and bending. They also provide increased leverage, which means less strain on your hands and back.

Knee Exercise - Painless Gardening Tips - How to Sit or Kneel

#5 - Sit or kneel comfortably

When you must kneel, use a pad to soften the impact and brace yourself with one arm while you garden with the other. This takes some weight off your back but may not be possible if joints in your arm, wrist or hands are sore. Experiment with other comfortable positions, or try using a garden seat-scooter to eliminate the need for kneeling.

Knee Exercise - Painless Gardening Tips - Correct Posture

#6 - Practice correct posture

Let your larger/stronger joints do the work when possible. Instead of using your fingers to lift an object, try using the palm of your hand, your forearms or even your elbows. Keep items close to your body as you carry them. Stand up straight when you work, and change positions often.

Knee Exercise - Painless Gardening Tips - Get Rolling

#7 - Get rolling

Use a large-wheeled cart or child's wagon to move plants and mulch around with ease. A wagon with removable sides is ideal for loading and unloading.

Knee Exercise - Painless Gardening Tips - Easy Watering

#8 - Make watering easier

Connect a hose at each of your home's outdoor water spigots to avoid having to lug heavy hoses from spigot to spigot when watering plants in your front, side and back yard. Or, if you can afford it, hire a landscaper to install an in-ground sprinkler system. The ease of use will far outweigh the cost.

Knee Exercise - Painless Gardening Tips - Think Inside the Box

#9 - Think inside the box

If space or energy doesn't permit a large flowerbed, try planting flower boxes, large waist-high containers or even pots of flowers or herbs to sit on your windowsills.

Knee Exercise - Painless Gardening Tips - Stop & Smell the Roses

#10 - Stop and smell the roses

Take plenty of water breaks. Well-earned frequent breaks allow you to appreciate your garden's beauty, plan your next tasks and get more done before fatigue sets in.

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Gardening is one of life's simple pleasures. Nothing beats eating foods you've grown yourself, watching seedlings finally flower or simply reliving the childhood pleasure of playing in the dirt. But gardening can be tough work that could add strain to knees already sore with osteoarthritis. Try the following to minimize the strain on your joints and make gardening great again.

 

PLEASE NOTE: This article is adapted from Arthritis Today®, the health magazine published by the Arthritis Foundation® and is presented for informational purposes only. This information is not meant to take the place of the advice of your doctor. By providing you with this information, Sanofi Biosurgery is not endorsing its content nor does it represent that the information is necessarily appropriate for you. You should consult with your doctor before starting any new health or exercise regimen.

The views presented herein are solely those of Arthritis Today and their publisher the Arthritis Foundation. Sanofi Biosurgery does not have any input in, or editorial control over Arthritis Today and is not responsible for its content. Arthritis Today is a registered trademark of the Arthritis Foundation.

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Indication

Synvisc-One® (hylan G-F 20) is indicated for the treatment of pain in osteoarthritis (OA) of the knee in patients who have failed to respond adequately to conservative non-pharmacologic therapy and simple analgesics, e.g., acetaminophen.

Important Safety Information for Synvisc-One

Before trying Synvisc-One, tell your doctor if you have had an allergic reaction, such as swelling of the face, tongue or throat, respiratory difficulty, rash, itching or hives to SYNVISC or any hyaluronan-based products. Allergic reactions, some which can be potentially severe, have been reported during the use of Synvisc-One. Should not be used in patients with an infected knee joint, skin disease or infection around the area where the injection will be given, and should be used with caution when there is swelling of the legs due to problems with venous stasis or lymphatic drainage.

Synvisc-One is only for injection into the knee, performed by a doctor or other qualified health care professional. Synvisc-One has not been tested to show pain relief in joints other than the knee. Tell your doctor if you are allergic to products from birds – such as feathers, eggs or poultry – or if your leg is swollen or infected.

Synvisc-One has not been tested in children (≤21years old), pregnant women or women who are nursing. You should tell your doctor if you think you are pregnant or if you are nursing a child.

Talk to your doctor before resuming strenuous weight-bearing activities after treatment.

The side effects sometimes seen after Synvisc-One include (<2% each): pain, swelling, heat, redness, and/or fluid build-up in or around the knee. Tell your doctor if you experience any side effects after treatment with Synvisc-One.

 

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Indication

SYNVISC® (hylan G-F 20) is used to relieve knee pain due to osteoarthritis (OA). It is for patients who do not get enough relief from simple painkillers such as acetaminophen, or from exercise and physical therapy.

Important Safety Information for SYNVISC

Before trying SYNVISC, tell your doctor if you have had an allergic reaction, such as swelling of the face, tongue or throat, respiratory difficulty, rash, itching or hives to SYNVISC or any hyaluronan-based products. Serious allergic reactions have been reported. Should not be used in patients with an infected knee joint, skin disease or infection around the area where the injection will be given, or circulatory problems in the legs.

SYNVISC is only for injection into the knee, performed by a doctor or other qualified health care professional. SYNVISC has not been tested to show pain relief in joints other than the knee. Tell your doctor if you are allergic to products from birds - such as feathers, eggs or poultry - or if your leg is swollen or infected.

SYNVISC has not been tested in children (≤21years old), pregnant women or women who are nursing. You should tell your doctor if you think you are pregnant or if you are nursing a child. Talk to your doctor before resuming strenuous weight-bearing activities after treatment.

The side effects sometimes seen after SYNVISC include pain, swelling, heat, redness, and/or fluid buildup in or around the knee. These reactions were generally mild and did not last long, but in rare occasions these side effects were more severe. The most commonly occurring adverse events outside of the injected knee were rash, fever, nausea, and headache.

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Important Safety Information: SYNVISC and Synvisc-One are contraindicated in patients with known hypersensitivity to hyaluronan products or patients with infections in or around the target knee.