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I have no cartilage on either knee knuckle. Will synvisc help reduce pain for a few months? I am looking at options for knee replacement including growing new cartilage from stem cells or using a cadaver knuckle. I will be officiating soccer in a month and need to get some relief soon.

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replied March 5th, 2011
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Hi, welcome to the ehealth forum and I am glad to help you.
You seem concerned by the ways to induce pain relief for few months in your knees plagued by osteoarthritis.
If exercise and over the counter pain medication are not helping much, you might be a candidate for synvisc which you need to discuss with your doctor. Everyone responds differently but in one study patients experience pain relief after one month the synvisc injection is given. Although all patients respond differently, osteoarthritis knee pain relief can last up to 6 months.
Hope this helps. Take care.
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