Lopez, one of the greatest and most-recognized female golfers of all time,
began playing golf at the age of eight. She turned professional after
her sophomore year of college, won her first LPGA tournament in 1978,
and was inducted into the PGA World Golf Hall of Fame in November 1989,
after being admitted to the LPGA Hall of Fame in 1987. In 2000, during
the LPGA's 50th Anniversary, Lopez was recognized as one of the LPGA's
top 50 players and teachers. Now Nancy has teamed up with pharmaceutical
manufacturer Wyeth-Ayerst Laboratories to defeat a tough opponent -- osteoarthritis
(OA) of the knee. Their goal is to let people know that Synvisc(R), in
conjunction with exercise, can help many people with OA knee pain maintain
healthy, active lives. Lopez is married to former baseball star Ray Knight
and they have three children.
Osteoarthritis of the Knee
About two years ago, knee pain from an earlier injury (torn cartilage in my
left knee-and subsequent surgery--from playing flag football in high school)
made it difficult for me to pursue my normal workout, practice, and touring
schedule. I saw a knee specialist, who diagnosed me with osteoarthritis (OA)
of the left knee. Having already curtailed my playing because of the pain -
and contemplating even more time off from the tour - I asked him about treatment
options that could quickly get me back to my regular active lifestyle.
My doctor recommended Synvisc(hylan G-F 20), a treatment that provides
shock absorption and lubrication to the joint to reduce knee pain and improve
mobility. Over the course of 15 days, he administered three injections of Synvisc
into my knee. Five weeks after the third injection, the pain and stiffness
in my knee were almost completely gone, and I was able to return to my normal
activities. I typically partake in daily 90-minute workouts, walk over 400
miles on golf courses, and am active with my three daughters.
I believe many other people with OA of the knee can benefit from Synvisc to
maintain their active lifestyles. I encourage anyone with knee pain to see
a knee specialist, and ask him or her about Synvisc.
Synvisc is generally well tolerated; however, it may not work for everyone.
The most commonly reported side effects are temporary pain, swelling, and/or
fluid accumulation in the injected knee (about 2% of injections). If fluid
accumulation is large or painful, patients should call their doctor. Other
side effects, such as rash, have been reported rarely. Patients should advise
their doctor if they are allergic to chicken products or if their leg is swollen
or infected. The results of repeat use have not been established.
For more information about osteoarthritis, click here.
For more information about Synvisc, click here.
Created: 6/8/2001  - Nancy Lopez