Durolane is a single-injection treatment for patients with osteoarthritis. It was developed in 2016 by the company Bioventus.
The treatment is designed to be safe and natural, and is built on a proven technology known as NASHA. The question is, is Durolane effective?
And more importantly, does it have any negative side effects? That’s what we’ll discuss in this article.
How Durolane Works
Durolane is designed to stabilize a molecule called hyaluronic acid. This molecule is normally found in normal, healthy joints.
Its duty is to help cushion and lubricate the joint thus, reducing pain and discomfort.
Since Durolane can effectively stabilize hyaluronic acid, it should, in theory, lead to reduced pain.
The Role of Hyaluronic Acid in Osteoarthritis Patients
It’s a well-known fact that osteoarthritis patients have a lower-than-average concentration of hyaluronic acid in their bodies.
That’s why drugs like Durolane have become so popular- because they stabilize the hyaluronic acid, which helps re-lubricate joints.
Since Durolane is a one-time injection, you won’t need to continually take it to see positive results.
Who is Bioventus?
Durolane was made by the company Bioventus. They are a global leader in orthopedic healing, which says a lot about their reputation.
Their medicines are designed to be cost-effective, as well as clinically-proven. Basically, what we’re trying to say is: they are a reputable company that makes safe and reliable drugs- Durolane being one of them.
Does it Work?
There’s been mixed results with Durolane. Some patients experience amazing results, while others see little to no improvement.
Researchers have some theories as to why this happens, which we’ll describe in the next section.
In some patients, they see good results for a few weeks, then they revert back to where they originally started. This is good and bad news.
Good because it means you’ll get temporary relief, but bad because it means the results aren’t permanent.
Only you and your doctor can decide whether durolane is right for you.
Reasons Why Durolane Doesn’t Work in Some Patients
As we previously mentioned, Durolane won’t work in every patient. Researchers believe that it’s linked to the following variables:
- Weight: Patients who are overweight or obese aren’t as likely to see positive results with Durolane compared to patients who are a normal weight.
- Severity: The more progressed your arthritis, the less likely this drug is to work. This is because there’s more joint space narrowing by this point.
- Age: The older you are, the less effective Durolane will be. Specifically, if you’re over the age of 65, it won’t be as effective unfortunately.
Having one or more of these variables makes it less likely that this drug will work for you.
If you have questions about whether you’re a good candidate, talk to your doctor. They’ll be able to give you a more precise answer.
The Bottom Line – Dorolane is Effective For Some (Not All) Patients
While this drug appears to be relatively safe with minimal to no side effects, it’s still not 100% effective.
Durolane works best on patients who are younger than 65, at a normal weight, and who don’t have advanced stage osteoarthritis.
If you’re an older individual who’s obese and/or who has advanced OA, then perhaps it’s not the drug for you. But only your doctor can let you know for sure.