My knees have new sneakers! An early report on my first HA injection
I wrote previously about my experience with near-lifelong arthritis in my knees and the prospect of hyaluronic acid injections instead of knee replacement surgery. I had my first injection this morning, and I am ready to buy stock in Ferring Pharmaceuticals, makers of Euflexxa, the natural hyaluronic acid product that has brought about the sensation of having new sneakers on my knees.
The injection was so simple, and I walked out of the doctor’s office and across the parking lot — the paved parking lot that 20 minutes earlier had been the enemy of my knees — without pain. I can tell you that Euflexxa did more for my world in 10 minutes than the planet-hunting telescope that just found five new lightweight worlds. Who cares about planets? I have knees! I can’t remember ever feeling like my knees had cushioning before. All I can think is that they feel like they have new sneakers.
I have another injection next week, and one more the following week. My orthopedist thinks that should be good for 6 months. The PA told me that I might experience — horrors — redness — or even some mild pain this evening. That would not be exactly novel. I just hope the sense of new sneakers holds up.