About Osteoarthritis Knee Pain

Learn about osteoarthritis of the knee

Osteoarthritis (OA) is a common degenerative joint disease that affects an estimated 27 million Americans. Of those 27 million, over 10 million people experience it in their knees, making OA of the knee the most prevalent form of OA. It is a chronic disease in which the cushioning tissue, or cartilage, in the knee joint wears away and the thick fluid that helps lubricate the knee joint, called synovial fluid, becomes thinner and less effective. When the deterioration of cartilage becomes severe, the bones grind together, leading to friction and causing pain and stiffness.1-3

If you have been diagnosed with OA of the knee, you have options. Although there is currently no cure for OA of the knee, treatments like EUFLEXXA can help reduce pain and help you stay active.1,4,5

References: 1. Parmet S, Lynm C, Glass RM. Osteoarthritis of the knee. JAMA. 2003;289:1068. 2. US Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health. Handout on Health: Osteoarthritis. NIH Publication No. 06-4617. July 2002, revised May 2006. 3. Arthritis Today website. What is osteoarthritis? http://www.arthritistoday.org/about-arthritis/types-of-arthritis/osteoarthritis/what-you-need-to-know/osteoarthritis-is.php. Accessed May 22, 2013. 4. EUFLEXXA [package insert]. Parsippany, NJ: Ferring Pharmaceuticals Inc; 2011. 5. Kirchner M, Marshall D. A double-blind randomized controlled trial comparing alternate forms of high molecular weight hyaluronan for the treatment of osteoarthritis of the knee. Osteoarthritis Cartilage. 2006;14:154-162.

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