Knee Arthritis & Supartz
What is SUPARTZ?
If your doctor has determined that the knee pain you are experiencing is caused by osteoarthritis and that you may be a candidate for non-surgical, drug-free, pain-relieving SUPARTZ joint fluid therapy.
SUPARTZ joint fluid therapy is used for the treatment of pain in osteoarthritis of the knee in patients who have failed to get adequate relief from simple painkillers or from exercise and physical therapy. SUPARTZ joint fluid therapy is a solution consisting of highly purified sodium hyaluronate (hyaluronan). Hyaluronan is a natural substance found in the body and is a common constituent of connective tissues and the thick, viscous fluid (synovial fluid) found in joints. Hyaluronan acts like a lubricant and shock absorber in synovial fluid of a healthy joint. Osteoarthritis reduces your synovial fluid's ability to protect and lubricate your joint.
SUPARTZ joint fluid therapy is the most commonly used joint fluid therapy in the world. More than 119 million SUPARTZ joint fluid therapy injections have been sold worldwide since its introduction in 1987. This wealth of clinical experience provides you with the confidence that SUPARTZ joint fluid therapy, the world's most prescribed joint fluid therapy is both safe and effective.
In the five clinical studies conducted, adverse events occurred at similar rates in the patients treated with SUPARTZ joint fluid therapy as those treated with the saltwater placebo. The following were the most common adverse events: joint pain with no evidence of inflammation, joint pain with evidence of inflammation, back pain, pain (non-specific), injection site reaction, headache and injection site pain. No severe allergic reactions were observed in any study patients. Five (5) mild to moderate allergic reactions were reported in the SUPARTZ joint fluid therapy group. No anaphylactic reactions were observed in any study patients.
The extensive worldwide clinical history of SUPARTZ joint fluid therapy gives your doctor the confidence that SUPARTZ joint fluid therapy will safely offer you relief from your knee pain.
How is SUPARTZ joint fluid therapy administered?
SUPARTZ joint fluid therapy is administered by an injection once a week into your knee for a total of five injections. Your doctor may recommend a local anesthetic prior to injection of SUPARTZ joint fluid therapy to minimize the possible discomfort associated with an injection.
Why five injections?
Ask your doctor. The treatment that is best for you should be determined by your physician. You may experience some pain relief before you receive the full series of five injections. However, the effectiveness of a single treatment cycle of less than five injections has not been established.
What should you expect following your series of injections?
The goal of SUPARTZ joint fluid therapy is relief from pain. However, studies suggest that most patients experiencing relief do so after the full series of five injections. The actual amount and duration of pain relief varies from patient to patient.
Immediately after you have the injection and for the next 48 hours, you may need to avoid activities such as jogging, tennis, heavy lifting or standing for a long time. Please note that no treatment, including SUPARTZ joint fluid therapy, helps in every single patient.