What is nSTRIDE APS?
nSTRIDE APS is an advanced therapy for the treatment of osteoarthritis, a degenerative disease associated with pain and loss of function of the joints. The substance used in this therapy is obtained from your blood and injected into the affected joint. It consists of a high concentration of anabolic and anti-inflammatory proteins. It is, therefore, an autologous protein solution (APS).
How does Osteoarthritis Affect the Joints?
Healthy joints enjoy a smooth gliding surface due to the cartilage covering the ends of the bones. This surface is moisturized by a slippery fluid known as synovium. When joints are affected by osteoarthritis, the cartilage begins to wear away and the bones rub against each other leading to inflammation and pain.
Symptoms Associated with Osteoarthritis
Signs and symptoms of osteoarthritis of the joints include:
- Pain and tenderness
- Stiffness of the joint
- Weakness of the joint
- Limited range of motion
- Cracking sound with joint movements
- Bone spurs
- Cartilage degradation
How does nSTRIDE APS Work in the Treatment of Osteoarthritis?
High levels of proinflammatory and destructive proteins contribute to osteoarthritis. This can be countered by injecting nSTRIDE APS into the affected area as it contains anti-inflammatory and anabolic proteins. The nSTRIDE APS acts by blocking the effects of inflammation and promoting tissue regeneration.
Procedure for Injecting nSTRIDE APS
Your doctor will clean the injection site with an antiseptic solution. Under ultrasound guidance, a needle will be positioned into the intraarticular space of the affected joint and joint fluid is aspirated and discarded. A syringe containing nSTRIDE APS is then attached to the needle and the joint space is injected. You will be discharged from the clinic with instructions to minimize physical activity for 2 weeks.
Side Effects of nSTRIDE APS
Some of the side effects related to the injection procedure of nSTRIDE APS include:
- Injection site joint pain
- Injection site discomfort