Hyaluronan Injections For Knee Osteoarthritis

These injections range from a one-time injection to weekly injections for three to five weeks. They can't be used by people with skin or joint infections. My husband told me about his friend's wife having them done (USA)

I assume they're expensive over there, but I wonder if the NHS covers it and has anyone had it done and benefited from it?

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  • I think you can have them done privately - not regarded as value for money on NHS after some trials (I think). I have been looking into it after my GP suggested them for my knees but she said to contact my rheumatologist and see if he would do them (if worthwhile) as a private patient. I am still researching! It would be interesting to hear if anyone in the UK has had them and of they were helpful!

  • Thanks for the info, Pands. I'm going to research it further also. Lab and clinical research hints that hyaluronan may do more than simply re-grease a creaky joint.

    Steroid shots work more quickly but this other injection lasts longer. Relief would be nice!

  • Hi. I'm Lesley. I got injections in my knee but I'm sure it was cortisone injections. Twice on my knee and haven't helped xxx

  • Hi Lesley, I know, I had a cortisone injection in my foot (arthritis) and nothing changed. I mean, we're talking about three days of relief and then pow- back to the pain.

    I have to check (still) on the hylauronan injections, and will probably end up having the consultation with a specialist after Xmas.

    I DID read somewhere about light portable knee braces, and will update on what I find.

    Meanwhile Happy Holidays (if there is such a thing) I say through gritted teeth!

  • I've been not too bad. Had a great Christmas over at my daughters. I have been doing too much..but grabbing zzzzzz when I can. Sleeping in my own bed tonight then back to her sofa for another few days. My knee pain hasn't been as bad but I'd be interested in finding out about the other injections. Keep positive xx

  • Can arthritic knees also lead to pain going down the legs at night? This is a new development and I dread going to bed. I put on my compression knee socks but still have these silent aches - I give up!

  • What type of arthritis do you have, sookiedee?

  • I have Osteoarthritis and due to it in my knees and feet, do not walk as much as I used to. I don't know if it's nerves travelling down but the light pain never seems to go away when I'm prone in bed. Such an awful sensation and even taking a pain pill before bed, it doesn't lessen.

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