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Meet patients who fought backagainst osteoarthritis knee pain.

Dr. Jennifer Madden, Physician & Patient

“Having the same condition puts me in touch with my patients.”

Role reversal

Dr. Madden has been a family physician for almost twenty years. But a few years ago, she found herself in the same position as many of her patients. “I tore my ACL playing basketball when I was young, and I eventually developed osteoarthritis from that. It’s been a slow process, but it’s gotten gradually worse.”

“About five years ago, the osteoarthritis knee pain really became an issue. It would ache after I’d been on it for a long period. I take dance classes, and sometimes it would feel unstable and get sore.”

New experience

Dr. Madden tried over-the-counter pain relievers, but she still had knee pain. So she spoke to an orthopaedic surgeon about her options, and he recommended Synvisc-One® (hylan G-F 20). “I received an injection of Synvisc-One and found the osteoarthritis knee pain relief I needed.”

Now that Dr. Madden is using Synvisc-One herself, she has a new understanding of how to help patients who want to improve their overall knee health. “Having the same condition puts me in touch with my patients.”

Good advice

Dr. Madden knows first-hand how hard it can be to get motivated to exercise when you have knee pain. “But I also know how important leading a healthy lifestyle can be for increasing functionality and perhaps slowing the progression of osteoarthritis.”

“I want to help my patients get moving, so I tell them to pick activities that they’ll enjoy — whether it’s biking, Pilates, yoga, dancing, spinning, etc. — anything that will help improve their exercise tolerance and help them keep their weight down, which can reduce strain on the knees and help ease osteoarthritis knee pain.”

Moving forward

Dr. Madden also practices what she preaches, “I'm determined to stay active after finding the OA knee pain relief I needed, I take dance classes and ride my bicycle. I also try to eat well and watch my calorie intake, so I can stay healthy and keep doing the things I want to do.”

“It makes it easier for patients to take my advice, knowing I’m following the same advice myself.”

Dr. Madden isn’t going to let osteoarthritis knee pain slow her or her patients down. “If they want to play golf on the weekends, or they enjoy dancing like me, I’m committed to working with them to find the long-term treatment options that can help keep them going.”

PLEASE NOTE: The views presented herein are solely those of Dr. Madden. This article is a testimonial of one patient’s story and her experience with Synvisc-One. Individual results may vary. Genzyme Corporation does not endorse Dr. Madden.

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Indication

Synvisc-One® (hylan G-F 20) is indicated for the treatment of pain in osteoarthritis (OA) of the knee in patients who have failed to respond adequately to conservative non-pharmacologic therapy and simple analgesics, e.g., acetaminophen.

Important Safety Information for Synvisc-One

Before trying Synvisc-One, tell your doctor if you have had an allergic reaction, such as swelling of the face, tongue or throat, respiratory difficulty, rash, itching or hives to SYNVISC or any hyaluronan-based products. Allergic reactions, some which can be potentially severe, have been reported during the use of Synvisc-One. Should not be used in patients with an infected knee joint, skin disease or infection around the area where the injection will be given, and should be used with caution when there is swelling of the legs due to problems with venous stasis or lymphatic drainage.

Synvisc-One is only for injection into the knee, performed by a doctor or other qualified health care professional. Synvisc-One has not been tested to show pain relief in joints other than the knee. Tell your doctor if you are allergic to products from birds – such as feathers, eggs or poultry – or if your leg is swollen or infected.

Synvisc-One has not been tested in children (≤21years old), pregnant women or women who are nursing. You should tell your doctor if you think you are pregnant or if you are nursing a child.

Talk to your doctor before resuming strenuous weight-bearing activities after treatment.

The side effects sometimes seen after Synvisc-One include (<2% each): pain, swelling, heat, redness, and/or fluid build-up in or around the knee. Tell your doctor if you experience any side effects after treatment with Synvisc-One.

 

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Indication

SYNVISC® (hylan G-F 20) is used to relieve knee pain due to osteoarthritis (OA). It is for patients who do not get enough relief from simple painkillers such as acetaminophen, or from exercise and physical therapy.

Important Safety Information for SYNVISC

Before trying SYNVISC, tell your doctor if you have had an allergic reaction, such as swelling of the face, tongue or throat, respiratory difficulty, rash, itching or hives to SYNVISC or any hyaluronan-based products. Serious allergic reactions have been reported. Should not be used in patients with an infected knee joint, skin disease or infection around the area where the injection will be given, or circulatory problems in the legs.

SYNVISC is only for injection into the knee, performed by a doctor or other qualified health care professional. SYNVISC has not been tested to show pain relief in joints other than the knee. Tell your doctor if you are allergic to products from birds — such as feathers, eggs or poultry — or if your leg is swollen or infected.

SYNVISC has not been tested in children (≤ 21 years old), pregnant women or women who are nursing. You should tell your doctor if you think you are pregnant or if you are nursing a child.

Talk to your doctor before resuming strenuous weight-bearing activities after treatment.

The most commonly occurring side effects reported after SYNVISC include join pain, swelling, stiffness, heat, redness, and/or fluid build-up in or around the knee. Tell your doctor if you experience any side effects after treatment with Synvisc.

View the Complete Prescribing Information for SYNVISC

Important Safety Information: SYNVISC and Synvisc-One are contraindicated in patients with known hypersensitivity to hyaluronan products or patients with infections in or around the target knee.