Knee Pain Can Affect People of All Ages, Whether it is Due To Injury, Arthritis, or Simply Old Age
Severe knee pain can cause inflammation which may lead to mobility problems. Knee problems most commonly occur because of trauma to the knee joint, disease, or wear and tear.
The knee joint provides stability and supports the weight of the upper body. It allows the legs to bend for motions such as walking, crouching, running, turning and jumping.
The parts that help the knee joints do their job include muscles, tendons, bones, cartilage, and ligaments, any or all of which are susceptible to injury, disease, or deterioration that can lead to severe knee pain.
Like everything else in our bodies, the more and longer we use our knees the faster they wear out and it becomes harder to walk, run, bend, or put any weight on them without causing more pain.
When the pain becomes unbearable and all other avenues of treatment have failed, your doctor may suggest knee replacement surgery.
Stem Cell Therapy for Knees Vs. Surgery: Which Choice Makes Most Sense?
All surgery carries inherent risks such as adverse reactions to anesthesia, blood clots, post-op infection, and, in the case of knee replacement surgery, rejection of the implant.
Recovery from a total knee replacement is long and frustrating and, with age, the likelihood of experiencing these risks increases.
Stem Cell Therapy for Knees
The good news is that advancements in the use of stem cell therapy for knee injuries and arthritis means that surgery is no longer the only option for dealing with chronic and severe knee pain.
Our bodies are constantly regenerating tissues and organs and rely on its own natural ability to heal itself.
Stem cells knee injections are able to regenerate your knee joints and keep you out of the operating room. Stem cell and platelet-rich plasma injections are the most advanced regenerative treatments for the treatment of knee pain due to arthritis, degenerative conditions, traumatic ligament injuries, or meniscus tears.
What are Stem Cells?
They are undifferentiated cells with the potential of differentiating into different cell types such as bone, muscle, skin, etc.
They come from:
– Embryonic stem cells that come from embryos that form during the blastocyst phase of development;
– Adult stem cells that exist throughout the body in tissues such as skin, bone marrow, blood, brain matter, skeletal muscles, etc. Adult stem cells remain in a non-dividing state until activated by tissue injury or disease.
They can divide to self-renew indefinitely generating cell types from the originating tissue and regenerating injured or diseases tissue. The stem cells used in stem cell therapy for knees are found in our blood, bone marrow, and adipose tissue and comes from the same family of cells that form our joints, muscles, bone, ligaments, and cartilage.
These stem cells can be utilized to help repair and regenerate knee joints.
How Does Stem Cell Therapy Work
According to Researchers, when stem cells are applied to an arthritic joint the following may occur:
– Develop into new cartilage cells that are needed in the joint;
– Suppress inflammation that makes arthritis worse;
– Release proteins called cytokines that can slow down the degeneration of cartilage and/or decrease pain.
It may be that one, two, all three, or none of these processes could be at work in the successful treatment of knee pain with stem cell therapy.
How Does Stem Cells Work?
Stem cells are extracted either from adult tissue or from a dividing zygote in a laboratory and placed in a controlled culture to allow them to replicate.
A collection of healthily dividing, undifferentiated cells is known as a stem cell line which can be managed and stimulated to differentiate as directed. Your own cells can be used to help regenerate knee joint tissue and repair damage from arthritis or injury.
Stem cell injections for knees have the potential of exponentially reducing the need for knee surgery.
Instead of replacing a worn out knee joint with an artificial implant, stem cell therapy can be used to grow new healthy tissue and restore mobility.
Risks of Stem Cell Therapy for Knees
Compared to the risks associated with knee replacement surgery, stem cell therapy utilizing adult stem cells is minimal and considered safe.
When using adult stem cells collected from the patient’s own body the risks of adverse reactions are minimized. The most common side effects are pain and swelling.
The biggest risk is an infection but because of the minimal invasiveness of the procedure, it is extremely rare.
Risk of infection may increase if a different type of stem cell is used (pluripotent) instead of adult stem cells; the cells are cultured in a laboratory over time, or they are mixed with chemicals.
Benefits of Stem Cell Therapy for Knees
– The procedure can be done relatively quickly on an outpatient basis.
– Recovery time is minimal with slight discomfort. You can walk in and out on your own and your daily routine should not be affected.
– Costs involved are low compared to knee replacement surgery.
– Stem cell therapy using your own cells is 100% natural as cells are literally taken from one part of the body and injected into the knees.
– Within a few weeks after stem cell therapy you should be able to increase your activity levels and experience a reduction in pain.
Based on actual case studies of patients who had several treatments including knee surgery to relieve severe joint pain and ended up having to use an elevator at home or landed up in a wheelchair, after stem cell therapy many experienced profound improvements in their knee functions and some could resume normal daily activities like walking, running, and exercising again.
How Do I know if Stem Cell Therapy is Right for Me?
The best way to find out whether you would be a good candidate for stem cell injections for knee problems is to talk to your doctor who will refer you to a joint specialist.
Call our office to schedule a consultation with our team of joint specialists.