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Discussion: injections for O/A knees

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Nov. 8, 2006
chopper
Men's 60
6 posts
injections for O/A knees
looking to have injections for O/A in my knees. Has this worked for anyone and how long do thay last?
Nov. 8, 2006
4x4
Men's 65
597 posts
This is my first year with knees really flaring up. These injections, any idea how long they really last? I play closer to 300 games per year plus other activities.
Nov. 8, 2006
Gene22
Men's 55
78 posts
chopper: Are you thinking of "SYNVISC"? It is made in part from roosters (chicken) combs. You get 1 injection in each knee for 3 weeks. It helps lube the knee and joint. As we get older, the lube pad behind the knee cap breaks down. If you play hard, it should last 6-8 months. I have used it for 4 years, with great results. You start to feel better about 5 weeks after starting the injections. You will most likely have to get pre-approved by you insurance company.

Gene D. Riddlebaugh
Ohio Silverados #22
Dayton, Ohio
Nov. 8, 2006
chopper
Men's 60
6 posts
Gary19 Gene22 I would be using a product called Neovisc it is made here in Canada,in my hometown, It is purified hyaluronate made from non-animal sources. Three injections over a 15 day period. 30 days later, good to go for 6 to 12 months in a perfect world.....
Nov. 8, 2006
softballer
Men's 55
560 posts
i'm with gene on this one i've had 2 sets of these shot and my knee is in great shape! but now they do a set of 3 to 5 shots in the knee!
it worked for me
right mitch!
MONTA LITLE
REDWOOD CITY REDS 50 MAJOR S
Nov. 9, 2006
boston
306 posts
I just completed my Synvisc injections 2 weeks ago and so far so good. I had my right knee scoped twice in 5 months in 2005. I used all the over the counter meds as well as celebrex. The celebrex did help but nothing has worked like this Synvisc. I wake up in the morning w/o the creeking in my knee. No stiffness and i'm able to get up and down my stairs w/o holding the railing.
The best part is I can actually start doing leg workouts again and get back on the BMX curcuit. Before these shots I couldn't stand on my bike and pedal w/o severe pain. I do supplement these shots w/ Omega 3 and hyaluronic acid caplets. This stuff has been a God send to me.
Nov. 9, 2006
Mitch
Men's 50
68 posts
Yeah Softballer, I'd have to say, you haven't lost to many steps since I've known you. I've only had the series of 3 shots done once and it did work for me as well, The problem with me is that other parts of my body are letting me down, like a ruptured achillies.
But overall, I'd say yes, these shots do work.
Nov. 9, 2006
Ken
Men's 55
462 posts
It sounds like everyone who responded has had success with this procedure. I have a friend who is a firefighter and had really bad knees. He tried those injections, but he experienced swelling and pressure behind the knee and eventually had surgery to clean out all that stuff and repair the original damages the conventional way. His injuries may have been too great for the injections to help. Glad to hear it worked with you guys.
Nov. 9, 2006
GT
Men's 60
162 posts
Here is one who had theSYNVISC injections (all 3 shots) and it did nothing for me. Can't do much with bone on bone. Glad a lot of you have something that works well for you or a friend. Shots were $792.00 each. (ouch) Insurance paid for it. Didn't have any side effects just did nothing for me. Good luck to all that get something out of whatever shots you get.

GT
Houston
Nov. 14, 2006
Downs
50 posts
Chopper: of course, each of us is different. One of the most critical issues relating to knees is personal weight. For each one pound we carry, our knees are subjected to an additional 5-pound impact. Now with that said, I too have had two meniscus orthoscopic surgeries on my left knee. I was diagnosed as bone-on-bone on the inside of the left knee. I am 69 years of age and have played softball since age 8. I play year-round and in 3 or 4 leagues. I have been playing in Major Plus, but in Championship play also played in 50's, 55's, & 60's. I not only ran for myself, but for the 50's & 55's as a courtesy runner just about every inning. Twice I have gone through the 5-shot Hyalgan series, 18-months apart. Again, it may not be for everyone, but it made a major difference to me personally. Since the series, I play with no pain and no swelling.
The key, Chopper, is only a Doctor can tell you whether or not Hyalgan will benefit you. I know of a large number of fellow players that have gone through the 3-shot Synvisc series and indicated there was no improvement. Finally, you can go to the following website www.HYALGAN.com for further information. Mine was covered by Medicare, but I doubt you are that old, yet? It is expensive, but certainly easier than surgery and if it don't work, what have you really lost besides a few dollars and a little time. Also, I went to practice within a half hour of each injection.
Wish you luck and hope it helps. It sure can't hurt. If I can be of any further assistance, email me or call Fran to get my personal phone number. Jim
Dec. 16, 2006
armiho211
Men's 70
410 posts
refreshing this topic, i think it's important if you are having knee issues. just went to see the orthopedic doctor due to spurs in the knee area in both legs. he tells me there is nothing he can do to help. he can remove the spurs but that will not help. currently the ache take 2-3 weeks to clear after a tournament, i am not taking any kind of supplements, he says nothing can improve the problem. any ideas ? frank
Dec. 16, 2006
TexasTransplant
Men's 70
420 posts
Frank,

You might want to try another doc. I went through a similar experience with a torn rotator cuff a few years ago. First doc didn't want to do anything; just wasn't in tune with guys our age trying to play competitive sports.

Second doctor did the surgery and my arm is stronger than ever. You might want to find a sports medicine specialist and explain that you want to get back to your sports, not just play shuffle board.

Jim
Dec. 17, 2006
armiho211
Men's 70
410 posts
JIM, you are right, i have seen this doctor twice in the last 2 months, the first time he took x rays of both knees to see what's going, and the 2nd time to see about what we can do to fix the problem. i mentioned to him that i played senior softball, and that was the reason why i needed to get my knees fixed . he gave me this look of disbelief,asked me how old i was (65 ) . and asked me why are you still doing this at your age? jim, i was dumdfounded by the question. i told him i still enjoyed playing the game and the competition , and seeing old freinds from around the country that we normally we dont see on a regular basis. this doctor is about 60 years old and apparently not athletically inclined. just by his response, i need to see somebody else. see ya jim.
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