Hyaluronic Acid Injections
Osteoarthritis is a common degenerative joint disease that typically begins in the 30’s and 40’s and progresses slowly over time. Wear and tear on joint surfaces breaks down the cartilage, and as a result, bone surfaces become uneven and pitted. An osteoarthritic joint lacks sufficient synovial fluid, as the joint dries out and the joint space narrows.
Hyaluronic acid, the vital ingredient within Durolane, is an important component of your joint space. In a normal joint, hyaluronic acid is broken down and replaced over time – however, in an osteoarthritic joint, hyaluronic acid is broken down much quicker than the body is able to replace it. Without hyaluronic acid, the joint loses its cushioning – causing those who suffer from osteoarthritis to complain of joint pain, a “bone-on-bone” sensation and/or a limited range of motion.
Durolane is an injectible gel, composed of cross-linked, stabilized hyaluronic acid, an important component of synovial fluid/joint fluid. This fluid acts as a cushion or shock-absorber within the joint, allowing the joint to move freely – protecting the bone and cartilage surfaces from wear and tear.
Durolane is a safe, non-animal derived hyaluronic acid that has low risk for complications, side-effects or allergic reaction. There are no contraindications to Durolane treatment.
Durolane effectively relieves pain and restores joint function for up to six-months, with a small subset of patients reporting benefits at nine-months. The Durolane injection is repeated every six-months for maintenance. Many people facing joint surgery get relief from hyaluronic acid injections, and are able to avoid the surgery altogether.
Durolane is approved for treatment of osteoarthritis of the knee, ankle, hip, finger or toe. Durolane is also recommended to relieve joint pain after arthroscopy, within three-months following the procedure.
- If you are a new patient, book in for a Sport Medicine Initial Consult. If you are an existing patient, book in for a Hyaluronic Acid Injection. This appointment will involve an assessment, discussion of your condition and medical history, and explanation of the procedure.If you are ready, and if Durolane is indicated for you, the procedure can be performed right away at this appointment.
- The procedure will involve landmarking the site of injection, sterilizing the area, freezing with anaesthetic, followed by the single Durolane injection.
- Following the procedure, the freezing will wear off within 30-60 minutes. You will be able to walk normally or drive home. No icing or medications are required following the procedure.
- It is recommended that you avoid strenuous activity for two-days after the injection. Any activity such as jogging, tennis, hiking, etc. that places stress on the joint should be avoided for two-days. Transient symptoms such as mild pain, swelling or stiffness may occur for up to a week after the injection. Temporary bruising at the injection site may occur in some patients.