Viscosupplementation-Synvisc injections can provide significant pain relief from osteoarthritis of the knee for patients who have not had benefit from lifestyle modifications or relief with simple over-the-counter analgesics.
Knee pain may be caused by a variety of things, but one of the more common causes of chronic knee pain is osteoarthritis. This is a degenerative condition in which the cartilage, or cushion, between the bones that make up your knee is worn away. Viscosupplementation attempts to recreate the cushion and fluid in your knee that is lost. Synvisc is a gel-like material made from hyaluronan that comes from chicken combs.
The injection will take place either via palpation of bony landmarks or under live x-ray to confirm placement of the medication.
Although extremely rare, risks may include bleeding; infection; allergic reaction to the medication; damage to tendons, muscles and joints; and prolonged increase in pain. Your experienced pain management provider at the Center for Pain Management will take all the necessary precautions to try to prevent these complications.