Chronic knee pain is often the result of an injury, a chronic condition such as arthritis or normal wear and tear. If you or someone you love is living with chronic knee pain, you may want to consider a treatment called stem cell therapy. Today our arthritis doctors in Benbrook TX (locations also in Bedford and Lewisville) will share an introduction to stem cell therapy and how it may relate to chronic knee pain.
What is Stem Cell Therapy
Stem cell therapy, also known as regenerative medicine, is one of the many modern therapies that chronic pain specialists may use to help manage chronic pain or injury. Regenerative medicine is focused on developing and applying new treatments to heal tissues and organs and restore function loss due to aging, disease, damage or defects. It works by using parts of a person’s own blood to repair these issues.
Stem Cell’s Impact on Knee Pain
Stem cell therapy takes advantage of the special restorative quality of stem cells to help patients avoid having to use surgery as a treatment option. It does this by triggering your body’s healing response in the area of the injection – in this case, the knee joint. The stem cells multiply and help rebuild soft tissue tears in the knee joint. They can also help restore damage caused by arthritis that may be present.
Stem cell therapy is currently being used to treat knee pain related to all the following conditions:
- Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury
- Knee Replacement
- Medial Collateral Ligament (MCL) Sprain/Tear
- Medial Plica Syndrome
- Meniscus Injury
- Osgood-Schlatter Disease
- Osteoarthritis/Degenerative Joint Disease
- Patellar Tendonitis/Tendinosis
- Patelofemoral Syndrome
- Pes Anersine Bursitis
- Posterior Cruciate Ligament (PCL) Sprain/Tear
- Quadriceps Strain/Tear
- Runner’s Knee
- Tendonitis or Tendinopathy
- Torn meniscus
- Tendinitis or bursitis
To learn more about chronic knee pain and the comprehensive solutions that are available to you through our CPI clinics, visit our specialized knee pain informational page. You can also view our video on stem cell therapy for knee pain.
When to Seek Help for Chronic Knee Pain
While you may be able to take care of mild knee pain at home, if your knee pain is severe, you need to schedule an appointment with the specialists at CPI OrthoBiologics. A specialist will conduct a comprehensive examination to identify the underlying cause of your knee pain. The examination may include a review of your symptoms, as well as your medical history and an evaluation of your knee. Diagnostic tests may also be recommended to confirm or rule out a diagnosis.
Other knee symptoms that require an evaluation include:
- Hearing or feeling a popping sensation before the knee pain started
- Unable to bear weight on the knee
- Decreased range of motion
- Obvious deformity
What to Expect in a Stem Cell Therapy Procedure
Prior to receiving stem cell therapy, you will be thoroughly examined by a member of our stem cell therapy Benbrook TX team (locations also in Bedford and Lewisville). Once it is determined that you are a good candidate for this treatment, the procedure will be scheduled.
In the procedure, your doctor will use a special needle to remove a small amount of marrow from your hip bone. He/she will then combine the stem cells from your bone marrow with an amniotic tissue patch called an allograft which gets applied to a specific area in the knee joint. This patch contains more than 100 different growth factors and 60 times more healing hormones (prostaglandins) than other products. This combination creates a powerful tool that accelerates your body’s natural rehabilitation process by significantly reducing inflammation so that the body can move on to the regeneration phase of healing a lot faster.
This is considered an out-patient procedure and, as such, you will be able to leave our clinic following its completion. However, you will be asked to return to the clinic several times in the days and weeks following this procedure to continue monitoring the healing process.
At CPI we seek to be the healthcare provider patients choose. Our mission is to provide compassionate, innovative healthcare that exceeds our patients’ expectations. Our core values are honor, excellence, commitment and compassion. We treat patients like family, honoring their humanity. We focus on YOU the person, and not just the pain. Get in touch today to learn more or to schedule your first appointment.