Knee Pain Treatments In South Florida
As an athlete, choosing the right treatment for injuries is a critical process that begins by obtaining a proper diagnosis. Our doctors may be able to diagnose the cause of your knee pain by discussing your medical history, listening to your symptoms and performing a physical examination. For more serious injuries, we run an x-ray or MRI to get a deeper and more complete look at your knee joint.
Once we understand what is causing your knee pain, we will run through the treatment options available. For athletes, we always try to find the best treatment that is going to maximize results while also minimizing the risk to cut out any unnecessary recovery periods and retain optimal athleticism. When it comes to knee pain treatments, we’ve found that hyaluronic acid (HA) treatments, like ORTHOVISC®, can provide the perfect balance of fast, effective and sustainable relief.
What is ORTHOVISC®?
ORTHOVISC® is a thick (viscous) substance made up of highly filtered and sterilized hyaluronic acid. HA, or hyaluronan is a chemical naturally found in the body made up of carbohydrates. HA acts as a natural lubricant for the body, especially in the joints. Orthopedic surgeons and sports medicine specialists utilize ORTHOVISC® specifically for knee joint pain.
Treatments are administered in office, are virtually pain-free and drug-free. Depending on the individual case, a series of 3-4 weekly treatments will yield the best results. Results will vary, but ORTHOVISC® can relieve knee pain for up to 6 months.
How Does Hyaluronic Acid Help With Joint Pain?
Hyaluronic acid occurs naturally throughout the body and helps promote joint mobility. HA has a property that allows it to bind to water to give it a more viscous, jello-like, quality. In the knee joint, this creates a thick fluid that helps to lubricate the joint to reduce friction, while also providing shock absorption to prevent further joint damage and pain.
Over time, especially with repetitive and vigorous use, the cartilage, ligaments, fat, and hyaluronan liquid in a knee joint can diminish, leaving you highly susceptible to conditions like osteoarthritis.
By reintroducing HA into the knee joint, athletes can regain pain-free mobility in their knees.
Why Molecular Weight Matters For Anti-Inflammation
As hyaluronic acid comes in various preparations, it was important to note the different effects that lighter, or heavier preparations of HA could have in regards to joint treatments. Studies have shown a relation between heavier, thicker hyaluronans, like ORTHOVISC®, and anti-inflammatory benefits . This same study found links to heavier HA preparations also having the potential to inhibit pain receptors. Both of these properties add to the promising potential of ORTHOVISC’s benefits for knee pain patients.
The ORTHOVISC® Difference
For young phenoms and elite professional athletes, your bodies are indispensable. At All-Pro Orthopedics & Sports Medicine Clinic, we understand that anything less than the perfect treatment for your knee injuries and ailments won’t do. For Pembroke Pines athletes suffering from severe knee pain, ORTHOVISC® is the perfect treatment to get you back in the game fast and without losing a step.
Don’t put your body through the endless cycle of over-the-counter or prescription medications or risk a career-altering knee surgery. Call us today at (954) 399-5976 to see if ORTHOVISC® is right for you!
Common Questions about Knee Pain Treatment with ORTHOVISC
What are the treatment options for knee pain?
Our goal is always to find the most effective treatment for athletes while minimizing the risk of unnecessary recovery periods and retaining optimal athletic performance.
Our Florida locations offer knee pain treatment with ORTHOVISC®. Our experience shows that hyaluronic acid (HA) treatments, like ORTHOVISC®, can provide a fast, effective, and long-lasting solution to knee pain.
What is knee pain treatment with ORTHOVISC?
ORTHOVISC® is a viscous (thick) sterile mixture containing highly purified hyaluronic acid, a natural chemical in the body. Joint tissues and the fluid that fills the joints have high levels of hyaluronic acid—the body’s hyaluronic acid functions as a lubricant and shock absorber, promoting joint mobility.
The cartilage, ligaments, fat, and hyaluronan liquid in a knee joint can diminish over time, making you highly susceptible to osteoarthritis.
When you have osteoarthritis (or joint inflammation), there may not be enough good-quality, natural hyaluronic acid in the joint. Our specialists in Florida inject ORTHOVISC into the knee joint to relieve knee pain due to osteoarthritis.
Why should we use high-molecular-weight hyaluronic acid like ORTHOVISC?
Hyaluronic acid is available in various preparations, so it was important to note which preparation would have different effects on joint treatment, depending on its strength.
Studies have shown a link between heavier, thicker hyaluronans, such as ORTHOVISC®, and anti-inflammatory effects. Heavier hyaluronic acid preparations have the potential to inhibit pain receptors, making ORTHOVISC a promising candidate for treating knee pain.
How does knee pain treatment with ORTHOVISC work?
Knee pain treatment with ORTHOVISC is available in our Florida locations. Patients with osteoarthritis (OA) of the knee who are not responding adequately to conservative nonpharmacological therapy and simple analgesics may benefit from ORTHOVISC®.
ORTHOVISC® treatment consists of three or four consecutive weekly injections by trained health professionals in our Florida offices.
How many times can I get knee pain treatment with ORTHOVISC®?
Depending on the severity of your knee pain, our doctors in Florida clinics will create a custom therapy plan for you.
Usually, the complete ORTHOVISC treatment cycle consists of one injection a week for 3 to 4 weeks. Results will vary, but ORTHOVISC® can relieve knee pain for up to 6 months. In addition, most patients feel relief after the first injection.
Is knee pain treatment with ORTHOVISC® safe?
ORTHOVISC® is an FDA-approved treatment for relieving knee pain due to osteoarthritis.
In general, knee pain treatment with ORTHOVISC is very safe. However, in some cases, side effects and risks may occur.
The most common side effects are pain, swelling, heat, rash, itching, bruising, and/or redness. These reactions are generally mild and do not last long.
Our specialists from our Florida locations are trained in performing knee pain treatment with ORTHOVISC®. It is possible to prevent side effects and risks.