The Osmo Patch is an Australian product developed by Dr. Danniel Jacques, who, unlike a lot of people in the field of tendonitis relief, actually has a degree in Medical Science.
The “Osmo” in Osmo patch comes from the term osmotic pressure, which is a phenomenon by which your body’s cells can move fluid in and out of themselves using differences in solute concentrations. What this means in lay terms is simple: if there is more water inside a cell than in the tissue around the cell, the cell can push it out up to the point that there is as much in the surrounding tissue as in the cell itself. This doesn’t require much in the way of what we normally think of as “work”; it happens more or less automatically all time within your body to achieve various fluid balances.
Dr. Jacques has taken advantage of this phenomenon to create a patch that basically draws water out of your tissues and into the patch itself, thereby reducing the swelling associated with inflammation.
There are a lot of advantages to this sort of treatment. You avoid the risk of surgery, as it’s completely non-invasive. It’s easy to use; you just slap a patch on the affected area and then go to sleep as it works. The treatment is completely natural, and isn’t prohibitively expensive.
The science behind the idea is good (the osmosis phenomenon has been known since the mid-1700s) and the patch will appeal to those who prefer natural home remedies to seeing a doctor. The only two question marks are: how much is it, and does it really work for tendon pain? At about US$40 for ten patches, it doesn’t seem too bad – four bucks a patch is certainly cheaper than a visit to the doctor to get your knee drained, for example. But when it comes to tendon pain, there still seems to be some question. I notice that among the many testimonials given on the site, there was only one for tendonitis, and even in that case it wasn’t clear that the customer actually had a tendon problem. Swelling is one of the classic symptoms of tendonitis, so it makes sense that the patch would work, but it still would be a little more confidence inspiring to see a few more testimonials for this particular problem.
Final Rating: 8.1 The Osmo Patch is based on good science and has good anecdotal reviews. The main issue would be that it is something you’re going to have to continue to buy if you like it – the patch only provides localized temporary relief via the draining of fluid, not a real cure for the underlying problem.