OSTENIL® Injections for Osteoarthritis
A treatment for the symptoms of Osteoarthritis that can be used on the knee or any synovial joint
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We are delighted to announce that PhysioNeeds now offers the pioneering treatment of Ostenil® injections, administered on-site by James Tomlinson, who has undergone extensive training in injection therapy.
Ostenil® injections are designed to treat the symptoms of osteoarthritis. Injections can be administered in the knee, hip or any other joints that are classified as ‘synovial.’
What is a synovial joint?
A synovial joint is one in which the ends of the bones are joined together and enclosed in a capsule containing a thick, slippery liquid called synovial fluid. Joints which can be classed as synovial include hips and knees.
The four main functions of synovial fluid are:
- To keep bones slightly apart, protecting their cartilage coverings from wear and tear.
- To absorb shock, protecting the cartilage.
- To lubricate the joint, helping it to work freely and easily.
- To act as a filter, allowing for nutrients to reach the cartilage and preventing the passage of harmful cells and substances.
The most important component of synovial fluid is a substance called hyaluronic acid, which allows for synovial fluid to perform all four of these important functions at the same time.
What is osteoarthritis?
Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis in the UK. Knees, hips and small joints in the hand are the most frequently affected areas but osteoarthritis can occur in any synovial joint in the body.
Hyaluronic acid, vital to the performance of the synovial joints, is continuously being broken down and replaced in our bodies. Normally, there is an exact balance between the breakdown of old hyaluronic acid and the production of new acid but in osteoarthritis, this balance is disrupted and breakdown happens faster than production. As a consequence, synovial fluid becomes more watery and stops working properly.
Over time, this change in synovial fluid can cause the cartilage in the joint to gradually wear away and causes the symptoms of osteoarthritis – pain, swelling and stiffness.
Ostenil® injections – what are they and how can they help?
Ostenil® injections consist of a solution containing sodium hyaluronate. The injection needs to be administered, by a fully qualified practitioner, into the space in the joint that contains synovial fluid. It works by restoring the normal balance between the breakdown and production of hyaluronic acid within the joint. The effect is that it can decrease pain and stiffness, and improve the other symptoms of osteoarthritis. It is essentially like WD40 for the joints!
Ostenil® treatment can be particularly effective for osteoarthritis, as an alternative to steroid injections. Further evidence from Cochrane reviews (internationally recognised as the highest standard in evidence based health care) has concluded that these types of injections are effective treatments for mild to moderate knee osteoarthritis. It’s unfortunately not a treatment that is offered by the NHS.
What can I expect from this treatment?
Ostenil® injections are injected directly into the joint affected by osteoarthritis. You will receive one injection a week for three weeks. After each injection, you’re advised not to exercise for a couple of days.
While the benefits from the injections might not be immediately noticeable, you will gradually experience a reduction in pain and stiffness and this improvement will likely persist for up to nine months, depending on the progression of the degenerative change in the joint being treated.
Once the effects of the final course of injections wear off, you can choose to have another.
Are there any side effects?
Thousands of patients have received Ostenil® treatment and it has not been found to cause any serious side effects. There is a very small risk of infection as with any injection and patients may occasionally complain of post injection pain, which may last for a day or two.
How much does it cost?
At PhysioNeeds we offer a course of 3 injections at £100 each for large joints (e.g. knee/hip) and a singular injection for small joints (e.g hand) at £80
Am I suitable for Ostenil® injections?
For further information and to discuss your suitability for treatment give us a call and we can arrange James Tomlinson to ring and speak to you directly to discuss it further.