Six years ago, Mike was doing what many active, nature-loving people do. Hunting. Fishing. Enjoying his farm and horses. That is, until he started to experience knee pain.
“It was a lot more difficult to run the farm. Getting up and down off equipment, all the heavy lifting. You need your knees. The next morning I’d try to get out of bed and — ouch.”
As a 28-year police veteran, Mike also spent a lot of time behind his desk. Sometimes just sitting for a few hours would cause his knee pain to flare up. With knee pain getting in the way of both his work and leisure time, Mike knew it was time to see a doctor.
Mike’s doctor diagnosed him with mild knee osteoarthritis. Although the X-ray said mild, the pain was anything but — with over-the-counter pain relievers doing little to help.
The doctor suggested that Mike consider a more long-term treatment option like Synvisc-One® (hylan G-F 20). So he did. “I had my injection and the osteoarthritis knee pain reduction was significant. Being able to do all my activities without taking a handful of ibuprofen every few hours is a big plus for me.”
“When it hurts to exercise, you just don’t do it. So anything you can do to minimize osteoarthritis knee pain is going to encourage you to make an effort to exercise. Before Synvisc-One, the pain would deter me from doing any more than I absolutely needed to.”
Now Mike is getting back to some of his favorite activities. “I intend to do some hunting this year, which I haven’t been able to do in probably the last three years.”
Since Mike was treated with Synvisc-One, he’s been excited to spread word of his success.
He has some advice for people who are nervous about injections. “That’s one of the things that keeps people from talking to their doctor about it. Anyone that’s had an injection assumes Synvisc-One is going to be painful. But the Synvisc-One injection didn’t hurt — and it gave me relief for a lot longer.”
PLEASE NOTE: This article is a testimonial of one patient’s story and his experience with Synvisc-One. Individual results may vary.