Ostenil® Injections for Joint Pain & Stiffness
Does your joint pain and stiffness affect your quality of life?
Joint pain can cause marked limitation of the very activities that you enjoy and for some it means they can no longer do those activities. For others it can affect simple tasks like getting out of bed or climbing a flight of stairs. We believe that that your ability to perform the tasks you enjoy matters and that is why we offer Ostenil injections.
You may have found traditional physiotherapy treatment ineffective or have received little or no benefit from past steroid injections. Ostenil injections are not available on the NHS and are suitable for the following joints; Knee, Ankle, Shoulder, Big toe and the Thumb.
Ostenil® injections – what are they and how can they help?
Ostenil® injections consist of a solution containing sodium hyaluronate. 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. In very simple terms it’s a bit like ‘oiling the joint’.
Our clinical manager, Nick Livadas, who is registered to give these injections to patients on-site at Physiotherapy Matters, says;
“I have several years’ experience of administering injections into joints of patients affected by osteoarthritis. I’ve found Ostenil® treatment to be particularly effective for osteoarthritis, as an alternative to steroid injections.”
A common question we are asked is if there is any supporting scientific evidence. We also ask this question about all of our treatments and Nick suggests:
“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 but I am finding increased numbers of people asking me to administer these injections after hearing the success stories from others.”
For the full review, please visit http://www.cochrane.org/CD005321/MUSKEL_viscosupplementation-for-the-treatment-of-osteoarthritis-of-the-knee.
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. For top up injections, you may prefer to try Ostenil® Plus injections, which is a one-off injection.
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.
Am I suitable for Ostenil® injections?
For further information including the costs of the treatment click here https://www.physiotherapymatters.co.uk/services/ostenil-joint-injections/ and to discuss your suitability for treatment, call Physiotherapy Matters on 0333 200238.