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    FAQs


    Is ORTHOVISC® right for me?

    If knee pain is keeping you from doing what you love and you’ve tried other treatments (OTC and prescription pain relievers, exercise, physical therapy, corticosteroid injectionsCorticosteroid Injections
    A steroid hormone produced by the adrenal cortex (the outer portion of the adrenal glands); administered as drugs they reduce swelling and decrease the body's immune response
    ) and nothing seems to work or is no longer effective, ORTHOVISC® treatment may be right for you. Only your doctor can determine what treatment may be best for you.


    How quickly can I expect pain relief and how long will it last?

    With just three or four consecutive, weekly injections, ORTHOVISC® treatment can provide up to six months of knee pain relief. Everyone responds differently, but some people experience pain relief after the first injection.


    What is the ORTHOVISC® treatment procedure?

    ORTHOVISC® treatment consists of three or four consecutive, weekly injections given by a trained healthcare professional in his/her office.


    Are there any special treatment instructions?

    If you have any known allergies, talk to your doctor to determine if you can take ORTHOVISC®. For the first 48 hours after each injection, it is recommended that you avoid strenuous activities (e.g. jogging, tennis, heavy lifting).


    Are there any side effects?

    The most commonly reported side effects are joint pain, back pain and headache. Others include temporary pain at the injection site. ORTHOVISC® treatment should not be given to patients with infections or skin diseases in the area of the injection site.


    Will ORTHOVISC® affect any other medications I may be taking?

    Talk to your doctor about all the medications you are currently taking. Your doctor must know your medical information to make the best decision about your treatment plan.


    How often can ORTHOVISC® be injected into my knee?

    The number of courses/injections is a decision you and your doctor need to make.Your doctor may recommend three or four ORTHOVISC® injections. Studies show that retreatment with ORTHOVISC® is safe following the initial 6-month treatment period. Consult your insurance provider to find out about coverage for any retreatments you may receive.


    Will my insurance cover ORTHOVISC®?

    Most insurance carriers cover ORTHOVISC®. See Insurance Information to learn more.


    How can I find out more about ORTHOVISC® treatment?

    Apart from reading the information on this website, you can also sign up for one of our free information kits. Additionally, you should write down any questions you may have for your doctor so that he or she can help determine if ORTHOVISC® treatment is the right choice for you.