Simply described it is a chronic (usually insidious onset) arthritic condition affecting one or more joints. It causes a loss of cartilage which is the main shock absorber. Other names for this condition include degenerative joint disease (DJD).
Contrary to popular belief, this is NOT an inevitable part of aging. It does however affect hands, feet, back, hips, knees, and neck. The KNEE is one of the most commonly affected joints and can often make moving around difficult.
Causes of osteoarthritis are many and can include: joint injuries, obesity, inactivity, genetics, ethnicity, and aging. The inflammation in the joint can lead to bony changes and can also affect the muscles, ligaments and lining of the joint. This can give the joints a knobby appearance, causing decreased range of motion, and lead to weakness of the limb.
If you answered YES to one or more of the questions above, you may have osteoarthritis of the knee. The good news is that your level of pain and discomfort can usually be improved through the use of Hyalgan.
Day after day patients share with me how their lives have improved because of the care they have received here in my office. They are people who have gone from suffering with daily pain to celebrating full, pain free lives again. That is exactly the relief I want my patients to have.
Hyalgan is a natural substance normally found in the joint. It is not a drug. It is used as a healthy alternative to corticosteroid injections. Knee pain relief while using Hyalgan is usually longer than that provided by steroids. Several Injections given weekly can provide long lasting relief. The majority of patients (90%) report improvement and for some it seems miraculous. Hyalgan doesn’t interfere with other medications you are taking. Treatments can be given safely for a long period of time.