Ostenil Osteoarthritis Injection
Hyaluronic acid (also known as sodium hyaluronate or hyaluronan) is a natural substance. It is present in the body wherever moisture is stored, acting as a lubricant between layers of tissue to stop friction.
Examples are inside the eyeball itself, the tear film, the joint cartilage, the synovial fluid in the joints, all the mucous membranes of the body, but also the basic substance of the skin which consists of up to 55% hyaluronic acid.
Hyaluronic acid is an essential part of synovial fluid, allowing the fluid to act as a lubricant, a shock absorber and a filter, controlling the movement of cells and large molecules within the joint. This is incredibly important in weight-bearing joints such as the ankles and knees.
Only one injection per joint is required, with pain relief often lasting for many months in around 80% of patients we treat. However, this can vary from individual to individual.
One such brand used at Dr Foot Podiatry Clinic is OSTENIL® PLUS which can decrease pain and stiffness and improve the other symptoms of osteoarthritis. Another is Durolane, a single-injection hyaluronic acid product for the treatment of pain.
The risk of serious side effects arising from an injection with OSTENIL®PLUS products is incredibly low, though some patients have some pain and swelling for 24-48 hours after treatment which settles. It has no animal proteins in it so is unlikely to cause an allergic reaction; and is suitable for vegetarians. You will usually be advised to rest the joint from any strenuous activities for a few days.
Please call +44 (0)121 285 1367 to speak to our helpful team to find out more and to book an appointment.