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Synvisc-One Patient Testimonials: Former Rockette Mary on her Osteoarthritis Knee Pain

Mary Six, Former Rockette

  • Danced at Radio City for 13 years
  • Performed almost 32,000 kicks per season
  • Now teaching dance classes

Losing Her Kick

Mary Six, a Radio City Rockette for 13 years, thought she knew pain. Life as a Rockette was intense - with grueling practice sessions coupled with six shows daily. By the end of the Christmas season, Mary would have performed roughly 32,000 high precision kicks.

Once out of the spotlight, however, years of trauma and over-use took its toll on Mary's knees. "The knee pain really affected my daily activities and my frame of mind. I would have to think about what I was going to do that day: Was I going to teach my class at that third-floor walk-up? Would I need to have somebody demonstrate at my tap class because I couldn't get through an hour and a half of teaching?"

Tapped Out

In her 50s, Mary was finally diagnosed with osteoarthritis in both knees. But knowing her condition didn't make the pain any more bearable. "I took over-the-counter and prescription pain medication, I iced whenever I needed to, and I tried physical therapy. These things brought me along, but didn't quite get me over the hump."

Mary decided she didn't want to live in pain - or give up doing the thing she loves. "I knew that if I wanted to continue dancing and teaching, I had to find another option. Luckily, I found Synvisc-One® (hylan G-F 20)."

Music to Her Knees

Mary talked to her doctor, and had a Synvisc-One injection in each knee. "My doctor said it could relieve my knee pain for up to six months." Now Mary has much less knee pain. "I'm back to dancing and teaching my class, and I'm so happy to have my old life back." Teaching is fun again and Mary can make it though the whole class, no demonstrator required. "Right away my students started telling me how much better I was dancing-that's a great feeling."

This article is a testimonial of one patient's story and her experience with Synvisc-One for osteoarthritis treatment. Individual results may vary.

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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.

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