ThriveMD is Colorado’s leading stem cell clinic with a large pool of satisfied stem cell patients. With facilities in Vail and Denver, severe knee pain, caused by injuries or wear and tear from activities such as golf or skiing, is one of the most common conditions we treat. Stem cell knee injections are becoming a popular answer to resolving acute and chronic knee pain.
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Why Patients Seek Out Knee Injections
Knee pain is one of the most common reasons patients seek out consultation with their family doctor or an orthopedic surgeon. Rest, ice, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications, and physical therapy are typical first-line treatments for this condition. If these conservative therapies prove unsuccessful, which is often the case, more aggressive treatment most typically involves some sort of injection into the knee joint.
Short Term Pain Relief with Common Knee Injections
Corticosteroid medications are initially used to decrease inflammation and will often greatly reduce pain. Hyaluronic acid compounds are used to lubricate the joint space and potentially reduce the day-to-day wear and tear on the joint. Neither of these injections improve the cartilage structure and most often offer only short term improvements in pain and function.
Long Term Regenerative Effects of Stem Cell Knee Injections
On the other hand, adult stem cells harvested from one’s own body are the ultimate injection to reduce inflammation, diminish ongoing breakdown of the joint surfaces and most importantly – have the ability to produce new cartilage leading to lasting knee repair.
By combining A2M to our current ground breaking stem cell therapies we are capable of not only building new soft tissue, cartilage and tendon, but halting the degenerative arthritic process and further protecting the treated joint. Along with knees and other joints and soft tissue, we have been experiencing similar pain relief effects in our patients who utilized stem cell injections for back pain.
The Knee Pain Procedure with Adult Stem Cells
Adult stem cells are found in two primary locations: adipose (fat) tissue and bone marrow. The richest source of these cells are found in adipose tissue and to a much lesser (2000 fold) degree in bone marrow. Additionally, these stem cells carry no risk of rejection or transference of disease as they are harvested from the patient’s own body. At ThriveMD, we typically use a combination of both adipose cell and bone marrow concentrate in order to maximize the healing potential.
The minimally invasive procedure can be carried out in 2-3 hours and have you back in action within several weeks.
Should You Wait Until Your Knee Needs a Replacement?
I often hear patients talk about waiting for stem cell use until they are in need of a knee replacement. While it’s true that stem cells may help avoid or delay the need for joint replacement, it is optimal to start treating the knee pain well before joint replacement is recommended. Treating the joint during the early stages of knee arthritis will provide the best chance of keeping the joint well-tuned and functioning into the later years of life.