Osteoarthritis (OA) is a type of joint disease that results from breakdown of joint cartilage and underlying bone. The most common symptoms are joint pain and stiffness, but other symptoms may include joint swelling and decreased range of motion. Knees are one of the most commonly affected joints and can leave a patient unable to complete their activities of daily living. To read more on Osteoarthritis click here!
Contrary to popular belief, living in pain is not an inevitable part of OA of the knee. Treatment options vary from patient to patient but include non-drug therapy such as exercise, weight loss if appropriate, and physical therapy. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs are also used, as well as intra-articular corticosteroid injections. For patients that continue to suffer from pain after more conservative treatment options have failed or if they are not a candidate for these measures, Orthovisc can be an option.
Orthovisc is an FDA-approved, non drug therapy that contains hyaluronic acid, or natural joint fluid, and acts to cushion, protect, and lubricate the knee affected by OA. It is injected into the knee joint and can provide up to 6 months of knee pain relief. It is covered by most insurances and can be injected in office with little to no recovery time. Here at Oahu Spine & Rehab in Kailua we are happy to offer Orthovisc to our OA patients.
If you have OA and are suffering, make an appointment at OSR today at 808-488-5555 or contact us here. Our medical team as well as our integrated healthcare approach can lead you to pain relief and a higher quality of life. We have a variety of treatment options available in clinic, along with personalized treatment plans for every patient. We look forward to helping you along the path to pain-free days.