Thoughts on Euflexxa

“Don’t watch.”  Dr. Rosenberg sprayed something on my knee.  This was after I’d smeared prescription lidocaine all over it.  Next to him was a little metal tray with needles and potions.

Eyes shut, every muscle tensed up, I waited for the needle to jab my knee. Get vaccinated, get a shot of some kind?  No thanks, I’d rather be audited by the IRS.

“OK, we’re done.”

Done?  I didn’t feel a thing.  Let’s hear it for topical anaesthetics.  Second Euflexxa injection complete, with no drama.  Still no running.

My thoughts on Euflexxa: so far, so good.  But it may not be a panacea. On their fancy promotional website, Euflexxa bills itself as a solution for knee pain only.  They specifically reference osteoarthritis.  I don’t have have osteoarthritis, I’ve got torn cartilage.  But Dr. Rosenberg thinks that this stuff will help lubricate my knee, making it easier to move.

Courtesy of Wikipedia Commons

The active ingredient in Euflexxa.  Courtesy of Wikipedia Commons

When I showed for the first shot last week, my options were looking limited.  Running has obviously been out.  Skate (roller) skiing has been out.  Even the elliptical trainer, the go-to torture device for the injured, was out.  I could double pole  or stride easy, but my knee protested hard classic skiing.  And my knee had begun to bark at me on the bike.

So how does it work?  The day after the first injection, I was able to do hard intervals on classic roller skis.  For the most part, the excruciating pain from sitting in a car is gone.  I’ve been able to go hard on the bike.  But today, after squatting or bending over in the gardening to pull up weeds, followed by a solid classic rollerski, it hurt again in the car.  Let’s get that ice.

No one’s made outrageous promises about this stuff – indeed, Dr. Rosenberg thinks my running days may be behind me.  But after three rollercoaster months, I’m cautiously optimistic.