Stem Cell Therapy for Knees
One of the most powerful applications for stem cell therapy is in patients with injured or deteriorated knees. There are over 100,000 knee injuries per year in the US and over 700,000 knee replacement surgeries are performed annually! Stem cell therapy is a non-surgical, non-invasive alternative to alleviate knee pain and treat knee injuries.
Knee injuries are one of the most common sports injuries and can take a very long time to heal. Many athletes who have suffered a knee injury resort to surgery in an attempt to get back on their feet, and some never fully recover. Common knee injuries include ACL (Anterior Cruciate Ligament) injuries, meniscal tears, tendonitis, and fractures.
Stem cell therapy accelerates the healing process in knee injuries by injecting stem cells into the injury sites. Through the Paracrine Effect, stem cells work to catalyze your body’s natural ability to heal itself. Stem cells become new, healthy tissue, replacing the damaged cells, and signals your body’s own cells to replenish. In some cases, stem cell therapy can be so effective at treating knee injuries that it can replace risky surgeries with long recovery times.
Knee Replacement Alternative
Knee replacement surgery (also called knee arthroplasty) is usually performed on patients who suffer from osteoarthritis or damaged cartilage of the knees. Severe osteoarthritis of the knee causes extreme pain and immobility. Knee replacement surgery cuts away the damaged cartilage and replaces it with metal alloys, allowing the joint to operate without pain.
There are several downsides to knee replacement surgery however. First off, there are several risks, especially for older patients. Some of these risks include heart attack, stroke, blood clots, nerve damage, and of course infection. Knee replacement surgery is also very expensive. Finally, artificial knees can wear out, leading to more expensive, risky surgery down the line.
Medical professionals are finding that stem cell therapy is a much safer, more effective alternative to knee replacement. Rather than introducing foreign metals to already vulnerable bodies, stem cell injections allow the body to heal itself by regrowing cartilage in the knee joints. This helps alleviate pain and immobility without the high risks and costs of knee replacement surgery.