If you’re feeling knee pain relief thanks to Synvisc-One® (hylan G-F 20), now’s the time to get into a healthy routine. Daily activity and exercise can help you escape the vicious cycle of osteoarthritis — where knee pain leads to inactivity and weight gain, which can lead to even more pain.
Finding that initial knee pain relief is an important first step. But because osteoarthritis is a chronic condition — meaning it never completely goes away — it’s even more important to break the cycle now. You need to actively manage your osteoarthritis, just like other chronic conditions such as high blood pressure and diabetes, to help keep the symptoms and pain from returning.
So how can you get on the right track to staying ahead of osteoarthritis knee pain and enjoying an active lifestyle?
#1 – Educate yourself
The more you know about knee osteoarthritis, the more options you have. There are countless articles online, like those in our Knee Exercise Center, that can help you stay up-to-date on the latest osteoarthritis research and medical findings.
#2 – Stay active
Exercise is important in terms of maintaining joint health and even slowing the progression of osteoarthritis.
It helps strengthen the muscles supporting your knee while helping maintain flexibility.
It also gets your heart pumping blood faster through your body, warming tissues and bringing them the oxygen and nutrients needed for repair.
Talk to your doctor about which exercises are right for you, and take a look at our Knee Exercise Videos designed especially for patients with osteoarthritis of the knee.
#3 – Maintain a healthy weight
For each extra pound you carry, your knees feel three to five pounds of pressure. Not only can the right foods help keep you at a healthy weight to reduce the strain on your knees, they also contain nutrients that could keep your cartilage and bones stronger. Be sure to discuss helpful additions to your diet with your doctor, and learn more about delicious ways to eat healthier in our Nutrition & Weight Loss section.
#4 – Be proactive about the pain
Just because chronic conditions can’t be cured, doesn’t mean you have to live in pain. Osteoarthritis knee pain can be managed successfully with ongoing care. You know your knees best, so pay attention to how they feel. Remember to be proactive, not reactive. Keep your doctor informed of any changes in your knees, work together to keep your symptoms under control and keep participating in the activities you enjoy.
Make the most of the knee pain relief provided by Synvisc-One — follow these four steps and break free from the vicious cycle of osteoarthritis knee pain.
PLEASE NOTE: The studies and their findings that are presented in this article are for informational purposes only and are 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 regiment.