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Osteoarthritis

Getting Diagnosed

Osteoarthritis can respond better to treatment in the early stages. That's why early diagnosis is so important. Talk to your doctor about your knee pain. He or she may refer you to a specialist, such as a rheumatologist or orthopedic surgeon, who will use some or all of the following tools to diagnose your condition.

Medical History

Your doctor will ask about your symptoms, your pain level, any past medical conditions, family history and your work and leisure activities. The more your doctor knows about you, the easier diagnosis will be.

Physical Exam

Your doctor will examine your leg and knee and look for swelling, redness or any unusual characteristics. He or she will also check on your knees' stability and range of motion.

Lab Tests

Blood tests can be useful in diagnosing certain conditions, but many times, the tests are used to eliminate other possible diagnoses.

Joint Aspiration

Some doctors may use this procedure, which involves draining fluid from the joint to relieve or look for joint problems.

Imaging

Imaging techniques help your doctor get a better look at the inside of your knee joint. The most common ones are X-rays, ultrasound and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).

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Indication

Synvisc-One® (hylan G-F 20) and SYNVISC® (hylan G-F 20) are 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

Before trying Synvisc-One or SYNVISC, 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 and SYNVISC are only for injection into the knee, performed by a doctor or other qualified health care professional. Synvisc-One and SYNVISC have not been tested to show pain relief in joints other than the knee. Talk to your doctor before resuming strenuous weight-bearing activities after treatment. Synvisc-One and SYNVISC have not been tested in children, 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. The side effects most commonly seen when Synvisc-One or SYNVISC is injected into the knee were pain, swelling and/or fluid buildup in or around the knee. Cases where the swelling is extensive or painful should be discussed with your doctor. Allergic reactions such as rash and hives have been reported rarely.

View the Complete Prescribing Information for Synvisc-One (PDF)
View the Complete Prescribing Information for SYNVISC (PDF)

 

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