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Video: New National Campaign Launched to Raise Awareness of Osteoarthritis of the Knee and Encourage Patients to 'Get a Kick Out of Life'

NEW YORK, Sept. 24 /PRNewswire/ -- The American Association for Physical Activity and Recreation (AAPAR) announced today that, together with Genzyme, the maker of Synvisc-One(TM) (hylan G-F 20), it has joined forces with orthopedic surgeon and author Dr. Nick DiNubile and former Radio City Rockette Mary Six to help educate people suffering from osteoarthritis (OA) of the knee on the importance of knee health and staying active. The partnership is part of an educational campaign, "Get a Kick Out of Life," that aims to motivate patients to talk to their health care professional about treatment options to relieve their knee pain.

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"Research shows that exercise is one of the best things you can do for arthritic joints but exercise can be difficult, if not impossible, for the more than 10 million Americans who suffer from knee pain," said Dr. DiNubile. "It is a vicious cycle of pain and inactivity, and often patients think total knee replacement is their only option, but the reality is that there are treatments other than surgery, like Synvisc-One, a single injection that can help many patients," continued Dr. DiNubile. "No one should let knee pain control their life; I believe this campaign will empower sufferers to talk with their doctor."

Mary Six, a Radio City Rockette for 13 years, knows firsthand how knee pain can slow down even a person who endured years of intense training in ballet, jazz, tap and modern dance. Life as a Rockette was intense with grueling practice sessions coupled with six shows daily. By the end of the Christmas season, which ran from November to January, Mary would have performed roughly 32,000 high precision kicks. Once out of the spotlight, however, years of trauma and over-use took its toll and she developed osteoarthritis in both knees.

"My knee pain made it difficult for me to do everyday activities like climbing the subway stairs, and it became impossible for me to teach my adult dance class each week. I tried physical therapy, ice, over-the-counter and prescription pills, but they did little to relieve my pain," said Mary Six. "I knew that if I wanted to continue dancing and teaching, I had to find another option. Luckily, I found a treatment called Synvisc-One. I had one injection in each knee and my doctor said it could relieve my knee pain for up to six months." Mary continued, "Now I'm back to dancing and teaching my class and I'm so happy to have my old life back. I encourage others to find a treatment option that works for them."

Patients can prepare for their next doctor's appointment by taking a free online knee pain assessment at and receive a personalized report for discussing treatment options with their doctor.

"Exercise and physical activity are so important for people who are suffering with OA of the knee," says Mariah Burton Nelson, executive director of the American Association for Physical Activity and Recreation. "AAPAR is supporting the 'Get a Kick Out of Life' campaign because our mission is to promote physical activity for people of all ages and ability levels. We want to encourage those with knee problems to take note of Mary's story, take control of their pain, and be active. Find a sport you love, an exercise you enjoy, or a recreational activity you're passionate about. The point is to keep your body moving and get a kick out of life!"

Patients should consult their doctor or physical therapist before beginning a new sport or exercise program.

About Synvisc-One

Synvisc-One(TM) (hylan G-F 20) is used to relieve knee pain due to osteoarthritis (OA). It is for patients who do not get enough relief from simple painkillers such as acetaminophen, or from exercise and physical therapy. Synvisc-One is generally well tolerated. However, it may not work for everyone. The side effects most commonly seen in a medical study were knee pain, stiffness, and swelling or fluid buildup in or around the knee. Side effects were generally mild to moderate and did not last long. More severe side effects have been reported only rarely in routine clinical use. Other side effects, such as rash, may also occur. Before trying Synvisc-One, tell your doctor if you are allergic to products from birds--such as feathers, eggs or poultry--or if your leg is swollen or infected. Talk to your doctor before resuming strenuous weight-bearing activities after treatment. Synvisc-One has not been tested in children, pregnant women or women who are nursing. You should tell your doctor if you think you are pregnant or if you are nursing a child.

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About Osteoarthritis (OA) of the Knee

Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common type of arthritis and the most common joint condition worldwide. In the U.S. alone, more than more than 10 million people are estimated to have OA in one or both knees. In knees with OA, the cartilage protecting the ends of the bones gradually deteriorates, and the joint fluid, called synovial fluid, can lose its shock-absorbing qualities. Bones may begin to rub against each other, causing pain, stiffness and loss of movement in the joint. By contrast, a healthy knee's cartilage and lubricating joint fluid protect and cushion the bones, making moving and bending easy.

About Dr. Nick DiNubile

Dr. DiNubile is an Orthopaedic Surgeon specializing in Sports Medicine in private practice in Havertown, Pennsylvania and is a Clinical Assistant Professor of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. DiNubile has been featured in "Best Doctors in America" as well as "Guide to America's Top Surgeons." He is the author of the bestselling book, FrameWork- Your 7 Step Program for Healthy Muscles, Bones & Joints (Rodale) and is Executive Producer and host of the award-winning national PBS television special, Your Body's FrameWork.

About Mary Six

A native of Texas, Mary Six started dancing at the age of four. From 1982-1995, she danced with the world famous Radio City Rockettes, as well as appeared in several Broadway musicals. Today, she works at the New York Foundation for the Arts, an arts service organization, and teaches adult tap lessons.

About AAPAR:

The American Association for Physical Activity and Recreation (AAPAR) serves more than 8,600 professors, teachers, trainers, and community leaders who promote meaningful physical activity and recreation across the lifespan. AAPAR is one of five national associations that make up the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD), which was founded in 1885 and is the largest organization of professionals committed to achieving a healthy lifestyle. For more information, visit

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    American Association for
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