What is Ostenil®?
Ostenil® is a treatment for the symptoms of osteoarthritis. It can be used in the
knee, or in any of the other joints in the body that are classified as ‘synovial’. Despite supporting scientific evidence it is not commonly used within the NHS but has been used privately and within sports medicine for many years with great effect.
How does it work?
Ostenil® is a solution containing hyaluronic acid. It is injected into the space in the joint that contains synovial fluid and works by restoring the normal balance between the breakdown and production of hyaluronic acid. This effect of Ostenil® means that it can decrease pain and stiffness and improve the other symptoms of osteoarthritis.
What can I expect if I decide to have treatment with Ostenil®?
If you decide to have treatment with Ostenil®, it will be injected directly into the joint affected by osteoarthritis. This will be done once a week for 3 weeks until you have had 3 injections. 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. The improvement in your symptoms should last for several months, depending partly on the number of injections you have. You can expect the benefit from three injections to persist for up to 9 months.
Once the effects of the first course of injections wear off, you can, if you choose, have another. After that, you can continue to have new courses of injections whenever necessary.
Are there any side effects?
The hyaluronic acid in Ostenil® is very pure and is manufactured using a process called fermentation. It contains no animal proteins, which means that it is very unlikely to cause an allergic reaction. Ostenil® has been given to thousands of patients and has not been found to cause any serious side effects.
Terry Mullen, patient at Physiotherapy Matters Gosforth, who has received the Ostenil® injections for osteoarthritis in his knee: “The Ostenil® injections have enabled me to resume quite hard training including ‘fell running’ and cycling. Overall, Ostenil® has allowed me to walk without pain, which I had prior to the last injection and playing golf has much improved as I have no pain in my knee. Generally, Ostenil® has allowed me to continue my sporting interests with a degree of intensity I thought was impossible given the prognosis after my knee scrape/arthroscopy; it is not a cure but it is certainly a good step in the right direction.”
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