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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'
Date:9/24/2009

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 www.OAKneeRelief.com 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!"


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SOURCE The American Association for Physical Activity and Recreation (AAPAR)
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