Joint Fluid Therapy

If you are experiencing any or all of these symptoms, you may have osteoarthritis (OA) of the knee.
  • Is your knee stiff in the morning?
  • Does your knee hurt when you move?
  • Does your knee hurt even when you are not active?
  • Do you hear a crackling sound or have a grating feeling?
  • Is the skin around your knee red and swollen?
Dr, Judy LeeWhat is OA of the knee?

Osteoarthritis (ah-stee-oh-ar-THRY-tis) or OA of the knee results from a low level of a lubricating substance (hyaluronan) in the fluid that cushions your knee (synovial fluid).   Without enough hyaluronan, the bones of your knee begin to rub against each other, causing erosion, bone spurs and pain.
Common risk factors for OA of the knee are being overweight, joint injury, overuse of a joint, weak muscles, nerve injury, having other forms of arthritis, having family members with arthritis, and simply being over 55.  You are not alone Approximately 20 million Americans suffer from osteoarthritis.  Nothing can cure OA, but it can be treated effectively with proper physician care.  Many people with OA live happy, healthy and active lives.

Common treatments for OA knee pain include:
Non-drug treatments:

Avoiding activities that cause excess pain in your joints
Exercise
Physical Therapy


Drug therapy:
Painkillers such as acetaminophen and narcotics
Drugs that reduce inflammation, such as aspirin and other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory agents (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen and naproxen
Corticosteroids that are injected directly into the joint


SUPARTZ Joint Fluid Therapy may be the solution.
You may be a candidate for non-surgical, non-pharmacological, pain-relieving joint fluid therapy.  A safe, effective treatment for OA of the knee.

What is SUPARTZ Joint Fluid Therapy?
SUPARTZ Joint Fluid Therapy is a solution made of highly purified, sodium hyaluronate (hyaluronan or HA).  Hyaluronan is a natural chemical found in the body and in joint tissues and fluid (synovial fluid) that fills the joints.  The body’s own hyaluronan acts like a lubricant and shock absorber in synovial fluid of a healthy joint.


How does SUPARTZ Joint Fluid Therapy Work?

Osteoarthritis negatively affects the quality of synovial fluid and therefore its ability to protect and lubricate your joint.  The goal of SUPARTZ Joint fluid therapy is to supplement the poor quality HA in your painful knee with additional highly purified HA.

Are you a candidate for SUPARTZ Joint Fluid Therapy?
You could be if:

  • Your knee pain is due to osteoarthritis
  • You are not getting adequate OA knee pain relief from walking and/or physical therapy
  • You are also not getting adequate OA knee pain relief from pain medications, including:
    • Ibuprofen (e.g. Advil®)
    • Acetaminophen (e.g. Tylenol®)
    • Naproxen sodium (e.g. Aleve®)
    • Cox-2s/NSAIDs: (Celebrex®,  MOBIC®)
If you meet the three criteria above, ask your doctor if SUPARTZ Joint Fluid Therapy is right for you!

You should not have SUPARTZ Joint Fluid Therapy if:
  • You are allergic to products from birds such as feathers, eggs and poultry.
  • You have infections or skin diseases in the area the injection will be given.
  • You have had any previous allergic reactions to SUPARTZ Joint Fluid Therapy or similar material, i.e., hyaluronate products.
The safety and effectiveness of SUPARTZ Joint Fluid Therapy have not been established in pregnant women, in lactating women and in children.
The following were the most common adverse events occurring in SUPARTZ Joint Fluid Therapy-treated patients: joint pain with no evidence of inflammations, joint pain with evidence of inflammations, back pain, pain (non-specfic), injection site reaction, headache and injection-site pain. 
SUPARTZ Joint Fluid Therapy delivers a high level of active ingredient HA of your knee joint, providing proven pain relief.

SUPARTZ Joint Fluid Therapy is trusted.
An extensive worldwide clinical history of 155 million injections –showing SUPARTZ Joint Fluid Therapy to be as safe as saltwater-gives your doctor confidence that SUPARTZ Joint Fluid Therapy will safely relieve your knee pain and get you back to your daily activities.

SUPARTZ Joint Fluid Therapy is safe.
In five clinical studies, adverse events occurred at similar rates in the patients treated with SUPARTZ Joint Fluid Therapy and those treated with saltwater.

SUPARTZ Joint Fluid Therapy is effective.
The safety and effectiveness of SUPARTZ Joint Fluid Therapy were studied in five clinical trials.  Patients received injections of SUPARTZ Joint Fluid Therapy or saltwater (619 and 537 patients, respectively).  The results of these five studies show that injections of SUPARTZ Joint Fluid Therapy safely and effectively relieve pain associated with osteoarthritis of the knee.