|New drug for knee pain relief||Oct. 18, 2008|
|Provided by: Sun Media|
|Written by: DOCTOR GIFFORD-JONES|
Is there any similarity between a car and the human body? We do have one thing in common, the need for efficient shock absorbers. For thousands of patients, broken-down shock absorbers in the knee mean there's never a day free of debilitating pain. There is a way to ease this discomfort called "Viscosupplementation" or joint fluid therapy. It's one of the best kept secrets of patients and many doctors.
Osteoarthritis has become a major disability. More than four million people are affected with knee osteoarthritis in Canada. Most are in their career prime ages 20-64. It's because synovial fluid in the knee joint that normally acts as a shock absorber has lost its ability to cushion the impact between bones and joints.
The technology called viscosupplementation helps to restore the natural lubricating and shock absorbing function of the synovial fluid, recreating the cushion between bones and joints.
Viscosupplementation is making a comeback with a product named Durolane. One simple injection given at the site of the pain, Durolane, has been available for several years. A recent survey shows that many physicians want to learn more about its use in easing arthritic pain.
Durolane is produced from non-animal sources, decreasing the risk of allergic reactions. It's non-toxic and well tolerated by patients. The unique technology in Durolane therapy has a safety record of 18 years in many areas of medicine and has been used in Europe and many other countries.
The speed with which Durolane works differs from patient to patient. Some experience immediate relief. But the majority notice that their discomfort is eased over a few days. Durolane requires only a single injection and The Canadian Federation for Drugs and Health Technologies published that it is cost-effective when compared to other treatments.
Durolane does not cure the damaged joint, but the cushioning effect of Durolane does slow down the daily wear-and-tear of the knee's cartilage. Some patients may have initial but short-lived discomfort, swelling and/or stiffness localized to the joint.
Keeping fit helps to decrease the risk of osteoarthritis of the knee. This means keeping active, but not too active. The constant pounding of excessive jogging can injure cartilage in knees. And if you're overweight, cartilage damage will occur earlier.
Strengthening quadriceps muscles in the upper thighs helps to take some of the stress off knees. Good low impact exercise such as swimming or simply getting up and down several times from a chair can be helpful.
To have healthy cartilage you also require collagen. Collagen is one of the main building blocks of cartilage and to manufacture it you need adequate amounts of vitamin C.
Injections of Durolane are done by rheumatologists, orthopedic surgeons, specialists in sport medicine and other doctors trained in this procedure.
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