Osteoarthritis (OA) knee pain can be frustrating and unpredictable, but ignoring it will not make it go away. Talking to your doctor is the best way to start exploring your options. When you do, keep the following in mind.
The pain affects everyone differently
An X-ray can show your grade or stage of knee osteoarthritis, but your level of pain isn’t necessarily connected to it. Your osteoarthritis could be mild with a great deal of pain or severe with little pain. Your doctor is relying on you to give a clear description of how your knee feels.
Do you plan around your knee pain?
Getting older is no excuse. You shouldn't have to give things up due to pain.
Is your knee pain keeping you from exercising?
A lack of activity can lead to even more knee pain.
Are your current treatments falling short?
If you're still in pain, talk to your doctor about trying something different.
It's caused by more than just cartilage loss
In knees with osteoarthritis, the cartilage protecting the ends of the bones gradually deteriorates, joint fluid loses its shock-absorbing qualities and bones may begin to rub against each other — all of which may cause the knee pain you’re feeling.
Your doctor is counting on you to direct your treatment
Only you know how much pain you’re in. Give your doctor a clear description of the pain and let him or her know that you’re ready to discuss other treatment options. Remember, being honest isn’t complaining. It’s about finding the relief you deserve.
Synvisc-One is a different way to treat osteoarthritis knee pain
Synvisc-One® (hylan G-F 20) is made from a natural substance that lubricates and cushions your knee, and can provide up to six months of osteoarthritis knee pain relief with just one injection.