Knee Pain Treatment
Osteoarthritis, which causes Knee Pain and joint stiffness, impacts over 27 million Americans and is a leading cause of disability. Several treatment options for osteoarthritis exist, including exercise, weight control, bracing, anti-inflammatories, injections, etc. Stem Cell Therapy is becoming a more preferred treatment using PRP or Platelet Rich Plasma. PRP is produced from a patient’s own blood, it delivers a high concentration of growth factors to arthritic cartilage that can enhance the healing process.
To obtain the Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP), you take a person’s blood, spin it down in a centrifuge to concentrate the platelets, and then it is injected into the knee in a concentrated form. Once in the knee, the platelets release numerous growth factors (as shown below). These growth factors are so robust that they activate endogenous stem cells and other repair cells. These activated cells repair the damaged joint by making more cartilage, bone, ligaments, tendons, etc. The net effect of this simple procedure leads to less inflammation, less, pain, and increased mobility.
PRP injections might also slow the progression of osteoarthritis and can help preserve the cartilage that you have left within your knee. Stem Cell injections appear to improve your quality of life and may enable you to put off further consideration of surgery as an alternative treatment.
What to expect from Stem Cell Therapy:
- Decrease in Pain lasting up to 36 Months
- Decreased Inflammation
- Increased mobility and functional capacity
- Increased strength of the lower extremity
- Less need for pain medications
- Avoidance of more invasive procedures or surgery