Innovative therapy relieves chronic osteoarthritis pain.
Teresa Carlos has suffered from chronic pain for decades. A retired factory worker, she spent years lifting heavy boxes and cargo while living and working in California. Eventually, Teresa suffered damage to the discs in her back. The weakness in her back subsequently contributed to her developing osteoarthritis in her knees.
“A chiropractor I was seeing for my back years ago in California told me that because of the weakness in my back, my knees had a hard time keeping my body upright, so eventually I developed osteoarthritis as well. My body is just a mess,” she says with a laugh. “I walked with a cane because I could not stand straight, and I needed something to lean on.”
Sometimes called degenerative joint disease or wear and tear arthritis, osteoarthritis is the most common chronic condition of the joints. It occurs when the cartilage, or cushion between joints, breaks down, leading to pain, stiffness and swelling.
Teresa and her husband moved from the west coast of the United States to Palm Coast in 1997.
“My husband died in 2016, and now I live in Bradenton with my daughter and grandson,” Teresa says.
The nagging pain from the osteoarthritis in her knees kept Teresa from enjoying her retirement. She describes her pain level as a six on a scale of one to ten.
“I had pain pretty much all the time because that’s just how arthritis is,” Teresa explains. “It was especially hard to get out of bed in the morning, and it took me a long time to walk anywhere. I had to use the cane all the time. It was hard to get up out of a chair or up from the sofa, too.”
Teresa’s daughter did some research and referred her mother to Synergy Medical to initially treat her back pain. Once there, Teresa was pleased to discover they offered so much more than back pain relief.
“When Teresa first came in to see us, she had multiple complaints, including back pain, neck pain and osteoarthritis in her knees,” explains Dawn Wright, NP-C, nurse practitioner, at Synergy Medical. “We have been treating her for all of those things. She came to us suffering from mild to moderate osteoarthritis.
“When I first spoke with Teresa, she would tell me, I want to be able to go to church again – to sit and enjoy the service and not be in pain. She said she wanted to walk freely without pain and be able to enjoy her grandchild.
“Initially, I put her in knee braces to help offload the weight from the knee joints,” Dawn continues. “Then, she began a series of the SUPARTZ FX injections for the knee pain from osteoarthritis. SUPARTZ FX along with rehab is part of our treatment program to reduce arthritic knee pain.
“I tell my patients that arthritis is like having a rusty hinge,” Dawn adds. “I describe the SUPARTZ FX as the oil that is going to lubricate those joints and decrease their pain.”
SUPARTZ FX is a nonsurgical injection therapy used to relieve pain in patients with osteoarthritis of the knee. The solution is made of highly purified sodium hyaluronate, or HA. This is a natural chemical compound found in the body’s joint tissues. The body’s own HA works as a lubricant and shock absorber to produce healthy and functional joints.
SUPARTZ FX is ideal for patients, like Teresa, suffering from mild to moderate pain associated with osteoarthritis and is recommended for those trying to avoid knee surgery.
Relief can be experienced with the first injection and can last up to six months. The program typically includes three to five injections. The program can be repeated, if necessary.
No More Cane and Able Again
“I love taking care of people’s knees,” Dawn describes. “I think people find that to be an odd thing to say, but I have been doing this for many years, and I just love helping people feel better and move around better. My job is to restore function so patients can live fuller lives.”
Once the therapy is complete, Dawn recommends patients maintain a healthy diet; keep active with low-impact exercise, such as biking or swimming or walking; and incorporate strength exercises into their routines.
“They are fantastic, and I was amazed at all of the services they offer there. They are not just a back pain clinic. They have so much to offer!” – Teresa
“These processes will help the injection therapy last longer and only help to continue to strengthen the knee joints,” Dawn assures.
Teresa says she is thrilled with the progress she has made and is amazed at how much better her knees are feeling.
Dawn emphasizes the various services available at Synergy Medical, including trigger point injections, rehab, spinal decompression, B12 injections, physical therapy, weight loss and chiropractic.
“We strive to go above and beyond to find the source of the pain and suggest and implement a solution that restores the person’s quality of life,” Dawn relays. “We believe in the body’s power to heal itself. Our treatment plans revolve around a whole-health mentality, meaning that we treat the whole patient, not just the source of pain. The human body is a complex yet magnificent machine. We treat the body as a whole system, understanding that all of the parts work together.”
Teresa says she is delighted with the service and professionalism she has received.
“Dawn is very supportive and has helped me tremendously,” Teresa attests. “She’s been absolutely wonderful!”
Teresa highly recommends Synergy Medical to anyone needing physical medicine or chiropractic care for pain relief.
“They are fantastic, and I was amazed at all of the services they offer there. They are not just a back pain office. They have so much to offer!”