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Orthovisc vs Synvisc

Orthovisc vs Synvisc
Do I have osteoarthritis? Ranked as the 11th highest contributor to disability, osteoarthritis is a degenerative, multifactorial condition that mostly affects the knee joint. Osteoarthritis is highly prevalent and affects millions of individuals around the world. It is estimated that more than 27 million US adults are now living with osteoarthritis. Some of its symptoms include pain, stiffness, a grating sensation, tenderness, bone spurs and loss of flexibility. These symptoms tend to deteriorate over time, affecting the ability to climb stairs, walk and even stand. Physiologically, osteoarthritis is caused by wear and tear, stress on the joint, and repetitive movements. Some of risk factors, such as previous sports injuries and obesity, may further increase the risk of getting osteoarthritis. In healthy individuals, cartilage functions as a protective cushion, helping to facilitate the bone movements of the joint. When osteoarthritis occurs, the hyaluronic acid i ...

Radiesse vs Restylane

Radiesse vs Restylane
About Radiesse and Restylane Both Radiesse and Restylane are dermal fillers commonly used as anti-aging treatments. Radiesse is manufactured by Merz Aesthetics while Restylane is a product of the Uppsala-based Q-Med AB. Although developed by different companies, the two fillers have similar indications. Both are highly effective in treating wrinkles, lines, and folds. This includes nasolabial folds (which are the smile lines extending from the sides of the mouth all the way up to the nose) and lined regions around the mouth. Radiesse and Restylane (in particular, Restylane Lyft) have also been approved by FDA for the correction of aging-related volume loss in the backs of the hands. At the same time, both Restylane and Radiesse help to augment the cheeks by adding volume to sunken areas. They can also be used in lip augmentation for a more defined appearance. Formulated with different active ingredients, the ways Radiesse and Restylane work are fundamentally different. R ...

Viscosupplements: Synvisc vs Cortisone

Viscosupplements: Synvisc vs Cortisone
Synvisc and cortisone: What are they? Synvisc and cortisone are fundamentally different in many aspects. Cortisone is often used as blanket term to refer to corticosteroid, which has a long history of use in the treatment for knee pain. Medically, corticosteroid injections are used to alleviate pain associated with different forms of arthritis. They are also effective in treating injury- or surgery-related pain. In general, cortisone is used as part of a larger treatment plan. Being a potent anti-inflammatory steroid, cortisone tends to be most useful for conditions in which there is substantial inflammation (e.g. rheumatoid arthritis and gout). There is usually little inflammation in osteoarthritis, therefore cortisone may be of little help. While cortisone injections can sometimes produce good response, the benefits are usually short-lived, with symptoms such as knee stiffness and pain returning in 1 or 2 weeks. However, in some patients, the improvement seems to be lo ...