In a normal, healthy knee, the ends of the leg bones are covered with cartilage and lubricated with synovial fluid, allowing the bones to glide freely over one another.
Gel-One replenishes lost synovial fluid.
Osteoarthritis is a degenerative disease which causes cartilage to wear away. Synovial fluid loses its ability to lubricate the joint, and pain, stiffness and limited range of motion result. The condition continues to get worse with time, age and wear, when our bodies become less able to heal injuries.
First-line defenses against knee pain, such as medication, steroid injections, rest, ice, elevation and compression can help, but if conservative treatments and remedies aren’t working to help ease your knee osteoarthritis pain, it may be time to consider replenishing the synovial fluid that lubricates your knee.
Gel-One injections can decrease pain and improve function in people who have with mild to moderate osteoarthritis of the knee.
Although Gel-One injections are not usually recommended before trying other treatment options, the best results usually occur in the early stages of osteoarthritis. Gel-One should not be discounted as a possible treatment option if you are in the later stages of the disease, however. If you are waiting for knee replacement surgery, you may be considered a good candidate for Gel-One injections, which can provide some relief while you are waiting for your surgery.
The most significant pain relief from knee osteoarthritis is seen between 8 and 12 weeks after the first injection, and pain relief can last up to six months, with some people getting relief for an even longer duration. If your improvement starts to wane, you may be able to repeat your course of treatment with additional Gel-One injections.
To find out if you are a good candidate for Gel-One injections, call Dayton Orthopedic Surgery & Sports Medicine Center today at (937) 436-5763.