Stem Cell Therapy
Knee pain and injury are painful and can destroy quality of life. Surgical treatment of many musculoskeletal injuries and conditions often fails to heal well, and conventional treatment options for knee pain may not provide sufficient relief. Stem cell therapy offers the opportunity to heal worn out tissues and damage naturally, to restore quality of life, without the need for surgery.
Stem cell therapy is a safe, nonsurgical treatment for knee pain caused by knee osteoarthritis, meniscus tears, knee cartilage injury, traumatic ligament injuries, overuse conditions and other degenerative conditions.
Damaged knee cartilage
Stem cell therapy for knee pain caused by defects in the knee cartilage due to injury provides significant improvements in pain and function. The effect is cartilage regeneration, and long-lasting results.
The meniscus is two pads of cartilage in the knee designed to provide cushioning. Meniscus injuries are common sports injuries and surgical therapy relieves pain but often leads to OA of the knee joint. The damaged meniscus is vulnerable to post-traumatic osteoarthritis. Stem cell therapy promotes meniscus regeneration to improve pain and function.
The most common reason for a knee replacement is osteoarthritis that causes degeneration of the articular cartilage at the ends of the bones. More than 600,000 Americans get a knee replacement each year in the U.S. because of knee OA.
OA can affect any joint, but knee OA is the most common type, affecting more than 30 million Americans. There is no single curative treatment, so the management of OA is currently limited to pain reduction and lifestyle modification. In the most debilitating cases, joint replacement is offered. Stem cell therapy can halt progression of OA and regenerate damaged cartilage and can help patients avoid knee replacement surgery.
Studies report that stem cell therapy for mild, moderate and severe knee arthritis relieves pain and improves function by decreasing inflammation, regenerating cartilage and stopping OA progression. There is no other therapy that can reverse the progression of OA.
Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury can keep you out of the game for months. Surgical reconstruction of the ACL is common where there is persistent knee instability and functional limitations. When the damage is severe, surgical reconstruction is successful in providing good outcomes and satisfied patients.
However, almost 66% of patients who have ACL surgery develop post- traumatic osteoarthritis. The use of stem cell therapy during surgery may prevent OA. For patients with only a partial rupture, stem cell therapy can repair the damage, and deliver pain relief and improved function. Healing takes time but treatment can deliver results that last for years.
Chronic Patellar Tendinopathy
Chronic patellar tendinopathy is caused by overuse and is a common problem for athletes who participate in sports that require jumping. It causes tendon degeneration. Stem cell therapy is effective to regenerate tendons.
Studies report that stem cell treatment can heal damaged tendons in the knee, and provides better outcomes than physical therapy alone, including significant pain reduction during activity and quicker return to activity.
What are stem cells?
Stem cells are our body’s natural resource for cell and tissue repair and renewal. As we age, the regenerative capacity of our stem cells declines, and can lead to various age-related diseases and conditions, and poor capacity healing and repair of injuries. Since we live longer and are more active musculoskeletal injury and disease increase. The result is more disability and poorer quality of life.
Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) have the unique ability for self-renewal, and the potential to differentiate into bone, cartilage, ligament and tendon tissues which the body uses to maintain, repair and rebuild tissue. MSCs can be obtained from bone, tendon, skin, adipose tissue, umbilical cord blood and amniotic fluid.
Studies have focused on the ability of stem cells to promote fracture healing, regenerate articular cartilage in degenerated joints, heal ligaments and tendon injuries, and more.
MSCs naturally release anti-inflammatory compounds that decrease inflammation and pain, and create new blood cells to improve healing, especially in tissues with a poor blood supply such as cartilage, tendons and ligaments.
Stem cell therapy harnesses the regenerative capacity of naturally occurring stem cells and targets them to specific areas, to treat a diverse range of orthopedic and sports injuries and conditions. The goal is to reduce pain and improve function safely, and with low-risk. Stem cell therapy is safe and effective for knee pain from ligament injury, tendinopathy, meniscus damage and arthritis.
Am I a good candidate?
If you suffer with joint, tendon, or ligament pain or joint arthritis, and desire to improve your quality of life, and avoid invasive surgery and potential complications, stem cell therapy may be for you. Not everyone is a candidate for stem cell therapy. The only way to know if you are a good candidate, schedule a consultation.
At Physicians Rehabilitation, every patient receives a customized treatment plan based on their needs and designed to produce superior results. The health-restoring benefits improve quality of life and in some cases, patients can avoid surgical treatment and lengthy recovery. For your convenience, we have offices in Fort Myers, Lady Lake, Naples, Port Charlotte and Sun City Center Florida. Contact us to learn about how stem cell therapy can restore your health and quality of life.
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