nSTRIDE® injection, also known as autologous protein solution (APS) injection, is a medical procedure that utilises your own blood to create a concentrated solution rich in anti-inflammatory proteins and growth factors. The nSTRIDE® injection is administered directly into the affected joint to reduce inflammation, promote healing ,and potentially improve joint function. It aims to utilise the healing properties of your own blood to address any joint issues you may be experiencing.
The specific applications and benefits of nSTRIDE® injection may vary depending on your individual condition and the recommendations of your orthopaedist.
How does nSTRIDE® injection work?
In areas of inflammation, there is a high amount of inflammatory proteins/cytokines, giving rise to pain, discomfort, and swelling– this can occur in conditions such as osteoarthritis. However, nSTRIDE® injections work by utilising your own blood to create a concentrated solution that is rich in anti-inflammatory proteins/cytokines and growth factors. This solution is then injected directly into the affected joint(s), allowing the anti-inflammatory proteins/cytokines to inhibit the effect of inflammatory proteins/cytokines. Additionally, the growth factors present in the nSTRIDE® injections enable production of cartilage, thus improving the symptoms of osteoarthritis and other joint issues.
nSTRIDE® injections help reduce inflammation, promote tissue healing, and potentially improve joint function over a period of time.
Benefitsof nSTRIDE® injections
Reduction in joint pain
Decreased inflammation in the treated area
Potential improvement in joint function and mobility
Enhanced tissue healing and regeneration
Possible reduction in stiffness and discomfort
Utilises your own blood for treatment (minimises the risk of adverse reactions)
May provide long-lasting relief from symptoms
Can be used for various joint conditions
Customised treatment based on your individual needs and condition
What conditions can nSTRIDE® injections treat?
nSTRIDE® injections are used most commonly in the treatment of :
Arthritis: characterised as a degenerative and inflammatory, osteoarthritis can result in chronic pain, discomfort, and inflammation, ultimately affecting an individual's way of life. Hence, nSTRIDE® injections can be used to treat osteoarthritis, to reduce inflammation, relieve pain, and encourage the regeneration of cartilage.
What results can I expect?
Depending on your condition and response to the treatment, the outcome you can expect from nSTRIDE® injections may vary.
Some results include:
Reduced joint pain: alleviates joint pain, provides relief, and improves your overall comfort.
Decreased inflammation: helps reduce inflammation in the treated area, which can contribute to improved joint function and reduced discomfort.
Improved joint function and mobility: nSTRIDE® injections aim to enhance joint function which can potentially allow for increased mobility and flexibility.
Enhanced tissue healing and regeneration: by utilising your own blood’s healing properties, nSTRIDE® injections may promote tissue healing and regeneration within your joint.
Potential reduction in stiffness and discomfort: when joint stiffness and discomfort are reduced, you may experience a better range of motion.
Depending on your specific condition, you may experience gradual and progressive improvements over time. Results will vary from person to person, depending on the treatment area, severity of the issue, and your overall health. Your orthopaedist can give you a better idea of what to expect based on your individual needs and circumstances.
How many treatment sessions do I need?
The number of treatment sessions for nSTRIDE® injections varies depending on your specific condition, individual response, and desired outcome. In some cases, a single injection may be sufficient to achieve your desired results. However, more complex or chronic conditions may require multiple treatment sessions to achieve the same results.
Generally, a treatment plan can involve 2 to 3 sessions over a period of time several weeks apart. The exact number of sessions required will be determined by your orthopaedist based on factors such as the severity of your condition, your response to the treatment (or first injection), and your overall progress.
Your orthopaedist will be able to provide you with a bespoke treatment plan, tailored to your needs and requirements.
Dr Puah KL is our Senior Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon at Artisan Sports & Orthopaedic Surgery. He used to serve the sports service of Singapore General Hospital - the highest volume trauma centre for orthopaedics in Singapore.