Hyaluronic Acid Injection Therapy
Hyaluronic acid injections are normally used for the treatment of osteoarthritis by reducing pain and improving the function. Research has shown hyaluronic acid injections reduce cartilage erosion and periarticular fibrosis. Patients who are active particularly favour these injections as they work to nourish and lubricate joints mimicking the body’s natural synovial fluid, which generally becomes depleted and less viscous with age.
From one course you can expect relief for 9-12 months. Ostenil (hyaluronic acid) is widely used in sports medicine, and is used by most UK premiership football clubs, rugby clubs and cricket clubs as well as the British Olympic Association.
The injections can be used on a regular basis if required as they have no known side effects, and they are not known to be detrimental to the body’s tissues in any way. Because of its level of safety, Hyaluronic acid is classed as a ‘medical device’ rather than a drug. For optimal affect, chronically swollen joints can be injected first with steroid to reduce inflammation and then injected with hyaluronic acid around 4 weeks later, reducing the need for repeated steroid injections.
How does it work?
It is injected directly into the space in the joint that contains the synovial fluid and works by restoring the normal balance in the joint. It works by restoring the normal balance between the breakdown and production of hyaluronic acid within the affected joint. The effect is that it can decrease pain and stiffness, and improve the other symptoms of osteoarthritis.
OSTENIL® has been given to thousands of patients worldwide, it is well tolerated and effective. You will probably not notice any benefits immediately after the first injection, but you should gradually start to feel less pain and stiffness over the next few weeks. It is just one injection with long lasting results. The improvement in your symptoms should last for several months.
Joints that benefit from Injection Therapy include:
- Spine – neck and lower back
- Hands – fingers and thumbs
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