Severe joint pain and inflammation resulting from osteoarthritis can sometimes be relieved through a Supartz injection.
An orthopedic injection used to treat degenerative joint diseases such as osteoarthritic knee pain can help treat the some 20 million Americans who live with chronic pain from osteoarthritis. The brand name for this injection medication is Supartz—hyaluronate sodium. Supartz is very similar to the naturally occurring synovial fluid which lubricates joints and acts as a buffer to trauma.
Before you have a Supartz injection, it is important that you tell your doctor whether you have any allergies to hyaluronic acid or other Supartz ingredients, if you are prone to excess bleeding, if you have an infection, particularly in the area where the injection will occur, or if you have a knee joint infection. You will also need to give your healthcare provider a list of any prescription drugs, over-the-counter drugs, vitamins or other natural substances you are taking to ensure Supartz is safe for you.
Supartz Series Injection Procedure
Receiving a Supartz injection is a simple, in-office procedure, which takes only a few minutes. A local anesthetic may be used to numb the area where the needle will be inserted, then a needle will remove the fluid currently in your knee joint to make room for the Supartz liquid. Finally, the Supartz will be injected into the space in the knee joint. You will probably be asked to avoid strenuous physical activities for two to three days after you receive your Supartz injection. Supartz is approved for up to five injections within a week, however you may receive sufficient pain relief benefits after 2-4 injections.
Potential Side Effects of Supartz Injections
Side effects from a Supartz injection are rare, however occasionally patients will have one or more of the following mild side effects:
- Warmth in the knee area
- Stiffness in the knee area
- Mild pain in the knee area
- Swelling at the injection site
- Bruising at the injection site
- Muscle pain
- Back pain
- Stomach upset
It could be helpful to elevate your leg, applying ice packs and heat as directed by your healthcare provider to help reduce inflammation and tenderness. Avoiding placing much weight on the leg which received the injection can be helpful as well. It is also helpful to drink plenty of water after your Supartz injection, as this can alleviate any potential stomach upset.
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