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1st Cortisone injection(2 posts)

1st Cortisone injectiononespeed
Jun 11, 2002 8:10 AM
Well the onespeed is in the rafters for the time being. After my 108 mile ride on it my knee started to hurt me to the point of not being able to ride. I stayed off the bike for a 2 week period and used ice and naproxen to no avail. Everytime I started riding I would end the ride in pain.

So I put the track bike away and broke out one of my other bikes. The freewheel and the gears made a huge difference but there was still an almost unbearable amount of pain. In desperation I had an appointment with the doctor yesterday and explained the problem. I told him that I am doing a ride from Amsterdam to Paris at the end of the month and I was going to do it any way I could. I didnt ask for an injection outright, he offered to shoot me up.

Unbelievable!!! My knee feels great. I know it is partially masking the true problem somewhat, but I will do the ride. I am working with a therapist to strengthen that side of my knee.

Now I have to get back to where I was before I took a 2 week hiatus.

I was surprised at the ease with which I was able to get an injection though. It makes me think.
re: I guess it depends on the Doc and your malaise...Akirasho
Jun 11, 2002 12:03 PM
I've got degenerative osteoarthritis in one knee (less than 1/8" cartilage) and just over a month ago... finished a series of Synvisc injections (a material... not a drug) and it's like night and day!

http://www.synvisc.com/

I go to a Sports Med Specialist (who is a cyclist and treats area cyclists as well as local pro and university teams) who, among other options, also offered cortisone... and surgery. Ironically, he listed them all about equal as to overall effect for my given ailment... the Synvisc winning out as to longevity of the results (up to 18 months between series)... and being much less invasive than being scoped.

The downside to the Synvisc is it's expense... at $400/inject... needing 3 over a two week period, and it takes a few weeks for the full effect to kick in (though I noticed a difference almost immediately). If you've got insurance... you should check to see if you're covered.

I hope that whoever you're seeing is diagnosing the symptoms as opposed to treating 'em... You may be receiving the best option for your given condition (Synvisc is not for everyone) or as you said... you might be masking something more serious.

Good luck!

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