For those that are dealing with moderate osteoarthritis (OA) or you experience flare-ups of the pain and inflammation and have tried other treatments with little or no success, speak to your doctor or rheumatologist about injections of Euflexxa. Viscosupplements are usually not the first-line treatment recommended nor are they the best choice for someone that has had OA for years and the damage is extensive. Euflexxa is not a cure for arthritis, but you may find joint relief that allows you to remain mobile.
The active ingredient of Euflexxa is Sodium Hyaluronate, a derivative of Hyaluronic Acid and similar to the fluid that surrounds your knees and other joints. Once Euflexxa has been administered, the Sodium Hyaluronate will help to surround the joint and act as a natural cushion to absorb any shocks as your knees can now move more fluidly and without pain.
A rheumatologist or surgeon should be the person to inject Euflexxa into your knee joint so you know it has been administered properly. Your schedule will be worked out as to when you should return for another Euflexxa injection and how long the treatment period will be.
Osteoarthritis more commonly affects your hips, knees, hands, feet, and spine as the cartilage begins to break down. Cartilage lines your joints and the synovial fluid that surrounds your knees contains hyaluronic acid which together will act to protect your knee as it cushions and lubricates the joint as you move.
Usually OA starts after the age of 45 years, but it can occur sooner as seen in certain teenager’s spines. As part of the natural aging process, the hyaluronic acid begins to dwindle and the synovial level is not able to provide as much cushioning or lubrication and your cartilage begins to wear down. The result is bone-on-bone friction that causes pain and swelling. By increasing the synovial fluid level with Euflexxa, your joints can move better and without a lot of pain or swelling.
Discuss your current medical conditions or allergies with your doctor and list any OTC or Rx meds you take or use, including alternative medicine. This can help your doctor determine if Euflexxa is a good choice of treatment for your situation. For women of child bearing age that have OA, tell your doctor if you are pregnant, may become pregnant, or are breast feeding so you can be aware of any risks to your unborn or nursing baby.
You may need to have someone drive you home from your appointment after the Euflexxa injection. Follow doctor’s instruction regarding activity afterwards. If you experience severe swelling and pain in the affected joint after Euflexxa, seek medical attention right away. Euflexxa is not a miracle drug so caution and common sense must still be used so you do not try to overdo any activity.