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