Avoid Knee Replacement with Regenerative Alternative
If you are suffering from knee pain or having to limit your activity because your knee(s) can’t keep up, at some point you may have considered partial or even total knee replacement. Before the weeks of physical therapy, scars and surgery; and knowing an artificial knee may only last as much as 15 years, have you considered regenerative medicine?
Regenerative medicine can repair injuries of the soft tissue tendons and ligaments of the knee. Beyond soft tissue injuries that are common in the knee, regenerative medicine has shown great success in repair of degenerated cartilages under the kneecap (patella).
Regenerative Medicine Alternatives
Focused around promoting healing within, regenerative medicine can offer knee pain suffers an alternative to invasive surgical procedures that may not alleviate all the pain. Other advantages of regenerative medicine includes lack of scars around the knee and the effects allow for the avoidance of lengthy physical therapy. For treating the ligaments, tendons and joints of the knee; two regenerative medicine therapies have been proven to provide relief.
- Autologous Stem Cell Therapy (using your own stem cells)
- Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) (concentration of the platelets in your own blood )
As both of these regenerative medicine procedures are extracted using your body’s own biologics, the risk of adverse side effects is almost non-existent. Lead by Dr. Lucy Hostetter, Seattle Regenerative Medicine Center can provide advanced regenerative medicine options to treat many injuries.
Treating the Knee with Stem Cell or PRP Therapy
- Cartilage Deterioration
- Torn Meniscus
- Torn ACL
Stems Cell Therapy for the Knee
Mesenchymal Stem Cells are a significant advancement in regenerative medicine, including the way we treat knee related pain and injuries. These Stem Cells provide a way for pain sufferers to use their body’s own biologic response to injury to recover quickly. As Stem Cells can promote healing in sections of the body that often have low blood flow or are in constant use.
Chondromalacia Patellae, which is cartilaginous softening and fibrillation of the patellar bone cartilage, can be a cause of patellofemoral pain syndrome. PFPS is characterized by anterior knee pain. Stems Cells have shown promise in aiding in the recovery of cartilage tissue, and a reductions of anterior knee pain.
Patellar Tendonitis is a painful injury that makes it difficult to extend the knee during normal activity, often referred to as Jumper’s Knee. This condition often plagues athletes that participate in sports that include a lot of jumping, basketball and volleyball to name a few and is typically treated with anti-inflammatory drugs and physical therapy. Stem cells in combination with PRP has been shown to aid in recovery and restore non-painful use of your knee.
PRP Injection to Treat Soft Tissue Injury of the Ligaments and Tendons
Treating soft tissue injuries that are often the result of repetitive activities, such as torn ACL or torn Meniscus, can be difficult and slow going. PRP, or Platelet Rich Plasma, is where we take your plasma, separate out the platelets to create a higher than normal concentration to be injected at the injury site. Similar to Stem Cells, platelets signal to the body to heal. Consequently, the higher the concentration of platelets, the greater the response from your body’s own biologics.