Stem Cell Therapy Review

Painful knee

Regenerative Medicine For Knee Pain

Painful knee

Regenerative medicine is often referred to as stem cell therapy. The regenerative medicine shot for knee pain is an innovative and promising therapeutic treatment option for knee pain and other joint and ligament conditions affecting literally millions of people like yourself.

Are you suffering from cartilage degeneration, chronic knee pain or osteoarthritis? Don’t suffer needlessly or risk expensive and invasive surgery. Consider knee stem cell therapy as a way to help gain back the quality of life and mobility you once had.

Who knows, you might be back on your favorite tennis court or golf course before you know it!

But is Regenerative Medicine (Stem Cell Therapy) Effective for Issues with your Knees?

This alternative to surgical solutions has shown the potential to be an impressive long-term solution to the knee and other joint pain and associated underlying issues.

That said, for some US residents, it might not be the right course of action. We encourage you to take the time to understand your symptoms and listen to your body in order to help to uncover underlying causes of your condition.

An experienced and caring doctor will discuss the circumstances of your injury or chronic condition, exampling painful or symptom-prone areas and review diagnostic imaging (when necessary) in order to make an individualized recommendation specific to your situation and body.

Medical professionals may discuss with you various studies or applications that have shown significant improvement in reducing knee pain and improving knee cartilage health and regeneration following various stem cell treatments and how those may be applicable to your issues.

How Do Knee Stem Cell Shots Work?

Think of stem cells as the “construction workers” of your body’s own natural repairing and regeneration mechanism. When something gets broken or damaged, either due to overuse, injury or disease, stem cells (in some cases) have the ability to repair and heal that damaged tissue without the need for surgery.

In fact, regeneration by way of stem cells is one of the primary healing mechanisms found naturally in the body. As it relates to knee tissues however, natural stem cell healing can be a challenge for your body.

Knee and surrounding tissues such as joint cartilage and the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) get little in the way of blood supply. This means that your body isn’t as capable of adequately delivering stem cells and other nutrients to those areas in order to initiate natural healing.

However, with regenerative medicine, we are able to give your body a helping hand as it were, by delivering a hefty dose of regenerative stem cells directly into the area in need by way of a simple injection.

By doing so, these stem cells can get to work right where needed, helping to promote the repair and healing of degenerative cartilage, damaged or partially torn tendons, and more. All of which can improve mobility, restore function, and reduce or eliminate pain.

What are the Advantages of Stem Cell Regenerative Therapy Over Other Treatment Options?

Regenerative therapies offer a number of benefits over surgical or other treatment options for those that are a good fit for the procedure.

Some of these benefits include:

  • Minimally Invasive Procedure: performed “in office” with no required overnight hospital stays and causing minimal tissue damage.

  • Speedy Recovery: Ability to return to work within hours and usually does not require the need for braces or other types of supportive assistance.

  • Return to Higher Impact Activities Fast: most patients are able to return to sports and other vigorous activities in a short time.

  • All-Natural: Stem cells come from and are found naturally throughout the human body, with treatment helping to trigger and support your own built-in healing mechanism.

  • Affordable: though stem cell therapy isn’t covered by insurance, the overall “opportunity cost” may be less than the actual surgery. For example, not only do you bypass deductibles, but you also are able to get back to work and earning a paycheck faster, or get back to spending time with your children or grandchildren sooner. And you can’t put a price tag on that.

  • Involves NO Medications: no post-procedure pain killers or other drugs. So no fear of risks associated with opioids and their addictive power.

This Sounds Interesting – What is the procedure like?

Unlike risky and invasive major surgeries, stem cell therapy is a simpler and less intensive treatment option for those US residents that are a good fit.

During the procedure, the medical professional will make a determination as to the area of the knee for treatment and will inject concentrated cord stem cells into the tissue.

The process can be completed very quickly. Most patients say it’s no different than any other shot. In fact, a good number of people say it is less discomfort than a flu shot.

How To Prepare for Your Joint Pain Therapy Injection.

How you prepare for your procedure may be dependent upon your unique situation. As such, it is advisable to ask questions as to what you should or shouldn’t do to prepare for the big day.

For example, avoiding anti-inflammatory drugs (over the counter or prescription) is usually advisable for up to two weeks prior to the date of your procedure.

Your provider will take the time to answer all of your questions and make sure you are fully prepared for every step of this journey together.

You definitely want a patient-centric approach provider that ensures you’re always informed and comfortable.

What Should I Expect Post-Procedure?

One of the great things for those who desire to get regenerative medicine is that stem cell treatments are quick and easy.

For most individuals, they can be back out on the fresh air in no time flat to take a brisk morning walk or participating in any low-impact activities soon after the procedure.

That said, a small number of people may notice mild discomfort, swelling or pain for the first 48-72 hours or so post-treatment. From that point, you should experience a gradual decline in discomfort and will be able to resume any other daily activities as usual.

Post-Care Recommendations

Always heed the advice of the doctor or nurse practitioner for your unique situation. They know you and you know your body best. That said, below are some general guidelines and restrictions you may be advised to follow after your operation:

  • Avoid high-impact or heavy use of your knee for the first 14 days

  • Pay attention to how your knee feels as you ease back into regular activity

  • Avoid anti-inflammatory medications for up to two weeks post-procedure

  • For 24-48 hours post-procedure take it easy and rest as much as possible

  • After 30 days, or possibly sooner, you may resume running and weight lifting as permitted

The Healthy Human Knee

Your knee is a complex joint comprised of a load-bearing hinge. This hinge relies heavily on proximal surrounding ligaments, musculature, and connective tissues for both stability and function.

In case its been a while since biology class, let’s “recap and talk about the kneecap” below…

Human Knee Components:

    • Femur (thigh bone)

    • Tibia (top of your shin)

    • Patella (kneecap)

The aforementioned bones above are kept together by both ligaments and tendons and separated by an absorptive layer of smooth articular cartilage that aids with shock absorption.

The associated cartilage comprises both the medial and lateral meniscus, allowing the bones to roll and glide smoothly over each other with very little friction or resistance.

What Can Go Wrong With your Knee?

Unfortunately, a lot. Especially if you’ve happened to have put yours through years of high impact wear and tear (such as with sports). But even if you treat your knee with care and kindness throughout the years that doesn’t mean that you too won’t be susceptible to issues.

Everything from hormonal changes, to genetics and weight gain, can take a toll on your knees. Not to mention the natural degradation that generally comes with aging.

Hey, no one ever said getting old was easy right?

The two most commonly treated knee pain issues that we see patients for are:

  1. Chronic pain (often due to overuse, cartilage degeneration or arthritis)

  2. Acute knee injuries or strains

Common Issues of the Knee – an overview

Torn Meniscus Cartilage – damage that occurs as a result of a tear in the cartilage that is located along the top of the tibia, allowing the femur to slide when the joint moves. This type of injury is often the result of a sudden stopping or abrupt twisting motion, causing the end of the femur to grind into the top of the tibia. This motion can tear or pinch the cartilage of the meniscus causing injury and is often seen as a result of athletic activities.

Damaged ACL Anterior Cruciate – ACL injuries refer to those that cause a sprain or tear of what is called the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL for short). These injuries are most often seen as a result of sports activities and often brought on by sudden changes in direction, stopping motion, jumping or landing. One notable characteristic is that many individuals will notice or hear a “pop” in the knee when the injury occurs. Following this “popping” noise, the knee may swell, feel unbalanced or be painful to bear weight on.

Damaged Posterior Cruciate Ligament PCL – Damage to the posterior cruciate (PCL) is less common than that to its anterior counterpart, yet just as serious. The PCL in combination with the ACL connects your femur (thighbone) to your tibia (shinbone). Tears can cause instability, pain, and swelling.

Collateral Ligament Injuries – Located along the outside of your knee joint, the collateral ligaments aid in connecting the bones of your lower and upper leg on the inside of your knee joint. When damaged, the lateral (LCL) or medial (MCL) ligaments can cause pain and instability, allowing your knee joint to slide too far to the left or right. These injuries are often seen as a result of those activities that involve twisting.

Articular Cartilage Defects – Similar to other joints or “articulations”, those of the knee joint including the femur, tibia, and patella, are covered with a smooth, highly durable lining called “articular cartilage”. This cartilage has both unique physical and biochemical properties that allow your knee joint to move virtually frictionless (much in the same way two sheets of ice would glide over each other). Articular cartilage defects are a common condition affecting the knee joint of so many people. These defects are a main contributing factor to a condition known as osteoarthritis (OA) or degenerative arthritis in the knee joint.

Swollen or Inflamed Synovial Membrane –arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis cause synovial membranes to become thickened and inflamed, causing both pain and swelling. Long term this condition can even cause deformity of the joint itself.

Arthritis – arthritis affects millions of individuals all across the United States. Arthritis causes pain, stiffness, swelling, and inflammation of the knee joint, making everyday activities such as climbing the stairs and walking a challenge.

Ready to Learn More?

Don’t suffer from pain, discomfort or decreased mobility of your knees. Whether due to acute injury, overuse, or degenerative conditions, There are several providers here to help.

Our talented team of regenerative medicine specialists will evaluate your situation and can quickly assess whether or not you’d be a good candidate for stem cell treatments.

From your first call to post-treatment care and follow up, you’ll be treated like family. Because to us, you are.

Call or drop us a message today and find out why so many patients turn to some of the providers here for help with knee pain and discomfort.