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Pedaling past knee pain

Pedaling past knee pain

(NAPS)-Pat Patterson is not your typical retiree. At 71 years of age, he cycles about 100 miles each week. Pat has bicycled around the world twice; the first trip took him two years and seven months to complete and the second, nearly four years. Despite his apparent vigor and determination, surprisingly, there was a time when Pat could hardly make his way around without pain in his knees.
Like more than 10 million Americans, Pat has a painful condition known as osteoarthritis of the knee. When Pat found that he couldn't make his way up stairs without pain, he knew it was time to see a doctor. "My primary care doctor recommended that I see an orthopedic surgeon, who diagnosed me with osteoarthritis of the knee," Pat said. "I was concerned when I heard the word 'arthritis' because I didn't want knee pain to keep me from doing the things I love." He tried over-the-counter medications to relieve the pain but it wasn't enough. Determined to treat this condition, Pat took the time to learn more about it and even asked friends what he could do.
"Luckily, a friend of mine told me that there were injections available to help with osteoarthritis," Pat said. After talking to his doctor, Pat was treated with a viscosupplement injection and no_ticed a big reduction in his pain. As a result, Pat can not only get up the stairs with ease but he is back riding his bike again.
"The knee pain was really starting to interfere with my life. Now that I've found a way to get past the pain, I can get back to enjoying the sport I love and, when I'm not riding my bike, I spend time at the gym and doing work around the house," Pat said. "Being able to do these things is important to me; it helps me be who I am and enjoy what I love to do."
"Pat's condition isn't uncommon and it is treatable," said Dr. Nicholas DiNubile, orthopedic surgeon and best-selling author of "FrameWork for the Knee: A 6-Step Plan for Preventing Injury and Ending Pain." "If you have pain in your knees, talking to your doctor about what you're experiencing is important. Osteoarthritis is a chronic condition that may benefit from regular medical attention. Although there isn't a cure, there are many treatments and lifestyle changes that can help reduce the effect that arthritis has on your life. Staying active and keeping your weight down are two key components to lessening the symptoms of osteoarthritis. But these may not be enough for some patients, so I find that many of my patients who fail more conservative approaches may benefit from the kind of viscosupplement injection that Pat received. Many patients choose a viscosupplement because it can provide pain relief for up to six months."
"When I get an injection, it just takes a few minutes," said Pat. "Afterwards, I stay off my bike for a couple of days, but other than that, I continue on with my normal activities."
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