Durolane is a single-injection procedure to relieve pain and discomfort in a synovial joint, which is the most mobile joint category in the human body. Those are knees, hips, and shoulders.
Osteoarthritis is a chronic disease that occurs due to a joint injury. It often affects synovial joints, causing a lot of distress for a patient in everyday activities. Commonly, a patient complains of pain, stiffness in a joint, and restricted mobility.
One treatment with Durolane effectively relieves the symptoms affecting a joint hence, a patient experiences an improvement in the quality of life. Durolane gel consists of a high concentration of hyaluronic acid, which is manufactured using progressive NASHA technology. An injection of Durolane gel into the synovial joint increases the amount of hyaluronic acid, which is a natural and essential element of the synovial fluid. It is a dense liquid that cushions, lubricates the joint, ensuring its nearly frictionless functioning. The product works as a swift pain reliever and improves joint mobility.
What is Osteoarthritis?
Osteoarthritis is the most common chronic disease in the arthritis family. It often arises in patients approaching the age of 50 and over. Osteoarthritis is commonly caused by joint damage, where the cartilage and fluid around the synovial joints are steadily destroyed. In a healthy joint, cartilage protects the ends of the bones that rub against each other. At the same time, the synovial fluid surrounds the joint to ensure its better amortization and lubrication for almost frictionless joint functioning.
The slow development of osteoarthritis leads to a steady intensification of symptoms. Usually, a patient complains about pain and joint stiffness. Sometimes other symptoms encompass swelling, sensitivity, and cracking sounds when moving.
At the moment, osteoarthritis is a non-curable disease. However, there are several methods to improve the condition of a patient. Some of the most common treatments include physical therapy, training, and losing weight. If the traditional approaches are ineffective, another solution is injections of the viscosupplement. Durolane gel is the viscosupplement, which is rich in hyaluronic acid. Durolane gel alleviates the pain and recovers the joint mobility to a higher degree.
And yet another alternative solution to osteoarthritis symptoms is surgical replacement of the synovial joint. However, surgery options depend on a patient's health condition, where a certified physician has to make an assessment.
How does Durolane work?
The main active ingredient of Durolane is hyaluronic acid. It is produced using innovative NASHA technology that stands for non-animal stabilized hyaluronic acid. Acid is the essential and natural element manufactured in the human body. Also, it is a crucial component of the synovial fluid that surrounds the synovial joint. With time articular cartilage located at the end of bones weakens, synovial fluid production declines, and the bones start rubbing against each other. When osteoarthritis advances, the cartilage wears off completely, and it results in bone spur growth and severe pain.
The hyaluronic acid has three key properties when the gel is injected intra-articularly:
- Inflammation declines – hyaluronic acid has an important role in decreasing inflammation processes and pain.
- Lubrication – a viscous hyaluronic acid gel effectively absorbs shocks within a joint.
- Growth of cartilage and bone – injection of hyaluronic acid to the affected joint stimulates the growth of new cells and tissues.
Durolane treatment is an effective treatment for osteoarthritis pain alleviation and improving the functionality of the affected joints. Injection of Durolane offers a promising opportunity to delay or completely avoid surgical treatments, which might be inadequate for some patients.
How to inject Durolane?
Only a certified physician can inject Durolane, following a consultation with each patient individually to determine the suitability of such treatment. Please inject hyaluronic-acid gel intra-articularly. Do not inject it into the blood vessels or irritated skin areas. Any leftovers of gel, syringe, and needles need to be discarded as medical waste accordingly.
How long do Durolane effects last?
The effects of Durolane injection treatment might last up to 6 months. However, the effects may vary depending on the physiobiological characteristics of each patient. Once the effect is about to cease, a patient can repeat the treatment to preserve the effects.
Is Durolane safe?
Yes, Durolane gel is safe to use due to its biodegradability in the body. Its components are of non-animal origin, derived via controlled bacterial fermentation. The product is then purified, where any harmful endotoxins and proteins are eliminated. Importantly, hyaluronic acid is naturally produced by the human body and is a significant constituent of synovial fluid.
Nevertheless, a patient, who is allergic to any of the components indicated on the package insert, should not receive the treatment with this product. Please always read the package insert for comprehensive information on contradictions.
What is the composition of Durolane?
The viscous gel is produced using NASHA technology (non-animal stabilized hyaluronic acid), where its concentration amounts to 20 mg/ml. NASHA is a progressive and patented manufacturing process of hyaluronic acid. The main ingredient is manufactured via the bacterial fermentation process, which is followed by the purification stage. The manufacturing procedure produces natural hyaluronic acid with a premium degree of purity.
NASHA technology stabilizes the molecular structure of the hyaluronic acid. This technology contributes to longer-lasting effects with the Durolane treatment.