Knee Joint Pain Can Strike at Any Time
Your knees are the joints in your body that are put through their paces most often everyday, and if you’re able to bend at the knees without difficulty, then you may well be blessed. That’s because for a lot of people that bending isn’t easy at all. At times it can be downright painful. There’s no avoiding bending your knees if you want to walk, so finding a solution for knee joint pain is a priority. Orthovisc is an injectable knee pain relief medication that can help.
Cartilage is among the soft tissue superheroes in the body. When it comes to cushioning moving parts from each other in the knee healthy cartilage is essential for keeping knees pain free. As you get older not only is it natural to have some of your cartilage between bones worn away, but it’s also not unusual for people to get osteoarthritis as they get older. In this case even if you have immaculate cartilage the body’s inflammation response is going to result in knee joint pain.
Many people who have knee joint pain as a result of arthritis will get the pain relief that they need from OTC pain relievers like acetaminophen, ibuprofen, and naproxen. For others, these medications just won’t cut it and when that’s the case, Orthovisc injections may be required for the type of results individuals need to bend at the knees without pain and live normal daily lives.
Knee Pain Symptoms
It’s fair to say that knee pain isn’t shy to introduce itself as compared to pain elsewhere in the body. Knee joint pain tends to come on fast and hard if it comes on at all. And that’s true whether it’s the result of injury or one of the more congenital conditions we mentioned above. You’ll see knee pain symptoms right away most of the time, and these symptoms can include:
- Stiffness and swelling of the knee
- Weakness or instability in the knee
- Being red or warm to the touch
- Popping or crunching noises when walking (although this will not apply to osteoarthritis in the knee)
- Inability or struggling to fully straighten the knee
If your knee pain becomes worse after vigorous physical activity, then it is more likely that your knee joint pain is resulting from cartilage degeneration or small tears in collateral ligaments. Knee pain caused by osteoarthritis tends to be more ongoing, consistent pain. And this is the type of pain that Orthovisc is designed to treat.
One thing that can also happen is knee gout, and that is an inflammation pain condition too, but the treatment for pain will be very different in these instances. One thing that can make gout worse temporarily is a vaccination, but if the problem exists, then it is best to look long and hard at your diet. Additionally, if gout is behind your knee pain then a medication like Probenecid is going to a better treatment choice.
Thank a Chicken
The primary active ingredient in Orthovisc for knee joint pain is Hyaluronan. Hyaluronan is a polysaccharide that is found in soft connective tissues that serves a dual purpose as a shock absorber and lubricant for joints. You probably don’t need to be convinced that the knees are often shock absorber #1 for the body. And there’s no disputing that when it comes to jumping gravity makes it so that what goes up must come down.
Being a full paragraph in under the subhead probably has you asking ‘what does this have to do with thanking chickens’? Bear with us. The comb of a chicken is the ridged red appendage that’s on top of the head, and among the many purposes it serves for these animals is to regulate their body temperature. You may sweat profusely when the mercury is super high, but sweating is something that chickens can’t do. Their combs diffuse some of their body heat into the air.
Orthovisc for knee joint pain is effective because of Hyaluronan, and there has always been an effort to be responsible and use as much of an animal as possible after it is slaughtered for food. Chickens are no exceptions, and the Hyaluronan in Orthovisc is obtained from chicken combs.
So, there you have it, if this knee joint pain injection medication is effective for you then you may well want to give a nod to a chicken the next time you see one.
IMPORTANT NOTE: The above information is intended to increase awareness of health information and does not suggest treatment or diagnosis. This information is not a substitute for individual medical attention and should not be construed to indicate that use of the drug is safe, appropriate, or effective for you. See your health care professional for medical advice and treatment.