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Synvisc-One Patient Testimonials: Mike's Treatment for Osteoarthritis Knee Pain

Mike C.

Mike C., Plymouth, New Hampshire

  • Age: 50
  • Diagnosed with OA: 2003
  • Occupation: Police Officer
  • Activities: fishing, farming, raising horses

The Start of Knee Pain

Six years ago, Mike was doing what many active 44 year-olds living in rural New Hampshire do: Enjoying the great outdoors. Hunting. Fishing. Raising and training horses on his farm. That is, until he started to experience knee pain.

"It was a lot more difficult to run the farm," says Mike. "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.

Treated with Synvisc-One

Mike's doctor took X-rays and diagnosed him with mild osteoarthritis. Although the X-ray said mild, the pain was anything but- with over-the-counter pain relievers doing little to help. So Mike's doctor suggested that he consider a more long-term treatment option like Synvisc-One, which can provide up to six months of pain relief. Now, Mike is being treated with Synvisc-One, and it's made a real difference.

"The pain reduction has been significant," he says. "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 the pain is going to encourage you to make an effort to exercise. Before Synvisc-One, the pain would deter me from doing any more movement than I absolutely needed to."

Now, Mike is getting back to a more active lifestyle. He says with a smile, "I intend to do some hunting this year, which I haven't been able to do in probably the last three years."

Spreading the Word

Since Mike was treated with Synvisc-One, he's been excited to spread word of his success

To people who are nervous about injections, he has this advice: "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 long term pain relief."

"Anybody who has arthritis pain in their knees should definitely ask their doctor about this," he says. "I highly recommend it."

This article is a testimonial of one patient's story and his experience with SYNVISC and 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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