Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo was suffering from rib and ankle injuries when he helped his team defeat the New York Giants last October 19, 2014. How was he able to stay on his feet, and play in what Cowboys owner Jerry Jones says was Romo’s best game ever? The Star-Telegram has the answer:
Romo said he received a toradol injection before the game, something that helped relieve his rib, ankle and back pain.
“It’s for everything,” Romo said, laughing. “I felt good. You’re always banged up. Everyone’s banged up at this point in the season, so you just work through it and you manage it and you go out and play.”
It has to be noted, however, that Romo’s injuries weren’t treated by injections, and he still requires rehabilitation. He only took the shots to help him play through one of the Cowboys’ most grueling seasons. That said, Romo’s story proves that fast relief from pain is possible, through the efforts of pain experts.
Pain injections are designed for specific areas in the body, and toradol might not work outside of ankle and rib pains. When it comes to knee pain, hyaluronic acid, which comes in brands like Synvisc and Hyalgan, is known to be a highly effective remedy. Reputable New Jersey facilities, such as the MedWell Spine, OsteoArthritis & Neuropathy Center, provides these pain injections, as well as other top-notch treatments for treating knee pain in Paramus, NJ and other places.
Using hyaluronic acid isn’t a recent breakthrough. It was first proposed by Endre A. Balasz from Hungary more than 70 years ago, but the treatment didn’t gain much traction in the U.S. until 1997. Although they’re classified as ‘viscosupplements’ by the FDA, hyaluronic acid shots aren’t drugs per se because the substance naturally occurs in the body as a joint lubricant.
Previous studies have shown that people who suffer from osteoarthritis, particularly one that affects the knees, have lower levels of hyaluronic acid in their joints. Synvisc/Hyalgan injections work to replace the lost hyaluronic acid, and are more effective when complemented with other pain management practices like exercise, deep tissue massages, and physical therapy.
According to a study published in 2013, the effectiveness of hyaluronic acid injections reaches its peak at around six to eight weeks—an important factor those seeking Hackensack, NJ knee pain injections should keep in mind.
Still, the promise of fast and safe pain relief is something many people can find comfort in, Tony Romo and the Cowboys fans included.
(Source: Pain-reducing injection paves way for Tony Romo, Star-Telegram, October 19, 2014)