Non-surgical treatment option for knee pain
Arthritis of the knee is a chronic disease that affects people of all genders, ages and races. It is characterized as a degeneration (or deterioration) of the space of the knee joint that will lead to intense pain, stiffness, sensitivity and possible swelling. There are several conservative treatments for knee pain that include physical therapy, medications and steroid injections. The restoration of normal cartilage function is difficult to achieve. Traditional treatment options only address the symptoms and are not curative. In extreme conditions, a total knee replacement may be necessary, but this may cause an increase in pain and, in general, has a limited lifespan.
The regeneration of cartilage in the knee joint after an injury is a slow process and generally does not occur completely due to the intensive responsibilities of the knee joint, such as walking. In many situations, despite the normal healing process, physical therapy, medications and steroid injections, knee pain persists and the healing process is interrupted. Our team of medical pioneers now offers an innovative treatment that involves injecting stem cells into the knee joint to restart the healing process of damaged cartilage and reverse chronic knee pain.
It is important to understand that it is not embryonic stem cells, but rather mesenchymal stem cells that are extracted from the patient's own bone marrow. These mesenchymal stem cells can differentiate into the cartilaginous lineage of the cells and heal the arthritic joint. The stem cells are removed from the hip bone of the patient and then injected into the damaged knee joint. Most patients seem to see some relief in the first two months and their condition will gradually improve for 6-12 months. This procedure is a viable alternative to surgery or even a knee replacement. Keep in mind that not all patients are candidates for this procedure: ask our Care Coordinator if this treatment option is right for you.
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