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Knee Injections – Why Stem Cells Are the Answer

Scott Brandt, M.D. Knee Replacement Alternative, Stem Cell Therapy, Stem Cells for Joint & Soft Tissue Pain, Stem Cells for Knee

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.

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Contact our Vail or Denver office to find out if you could be a candidate for stem cell therapy.

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

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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.

*Individual patient results may vary. Contact us today to find out if stem cell therapy may be able to help you.

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If you believe you or someone you care about could be a candidate for stem cell therapy for knee pain, please contact us today.

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John Beeman
John Beeman
23:05 08 Jan 17
I just wanted to give an update regarding the stem cell procedure performed by Dr. Brandt at Thrive about 3 years ago. My range of motion continues to improve--remarkable at 64.I skied 150k in 5 days last week and never iced my knee once. I can't remember skiing that many feet w/out having to ice in the last 20 years. The knee treated has been without an acl since I was 18 and is pretty severely arthritic,but I am getting better performance now than I have in recent memory. Thank you, Dr. Brandt!!
Laurel Wilkerson
Laurel Wilkerson
21:22 08 Aug 16
Great job by the Thrive MD team in Edwards. With a torn achilles tendon, I was really opposed to surgery. When I discovered Dr. Brandt and team, I was thrilled. They are most professional and explained every step of the process and procedure for treatment options. I am on the road to recovery, and I am so thankful to have discovered Thrive. Before you let an orthopedic doc operate, take the time to explore and discuss stem cell therapy. Thrive MD made the process easy and convenient. Thanks! One year later update - ankle is doing great. Skied 52 days in 2015-16. Hiking, biking and all are no problem. Great team of caring people who know their business.
Lisa Harris
Lisa Harris
15:59 02 Jan 17
After struggling with an Achilles injury for 1 1/2 years and trying everything to heal it - steroid, physical therapy, wearing a boot, no activity, stretching, etc - I decided to have stem cell therapy at Thrive.md. It was a short procedure and an afternoon of post op recovery, which after 6-8 weeks, resulted in a full recovery from my injury. This seemed to finally stimulate blood flow and healing to an injury I had resigned myself to having forever. I highly recommend this procedure for tendon injuries like this one.
John Reilly
John Reilly
13:44 04 Nov 16
I saw Dr Brandt on 8/8/16 for a lower back stem cell injection. From the injection, I got a serious infection in my lower spine. As a result, I spent 2 days in the Vail hospital and have been on daily IV antibiotics for the past 8 weeks. A few weeks after the injection, I started feeling increased pain which was a different pain than before my injection. It was much sharper and a shooting pain. I communicated this information to Dr Brandt and his staff. There only response and treatment was stronger pain meds. oral and injected steroids (the worst thing to do when an infection is present). The pain became so intense and debilitating, I finally made an appointment with an orthopedic surgeon. Their team quickly discovered from listening to my symptoms and reviewing a new MRI that I had an infection. I also discovered from a search on DORA that over the past 13 years Dr Brandt's has a history of incidents with the DORA which regulates medical professionals. Over this time, his license was suspended for a period of time and is he currently practicing on probation through 2019. At one point, the AG said he was unfit to practice medicine.
Zvezdomir Zamfirov
Zvezdomir Zamfirov
03:55 14 Nov 16
I am a pain management physician myself. I am 52, and physically very active. I still play soccer competitively. Six months ago I suffered a hip injury with a labrum tear. Due to the pre-existing wear and tear, the only conventional treatment, which was offered to me was total hip replacement. I wanted to remain physically active and continue to play sports, so I decided that this is not the best option for me. I choose instead to try stem-cell therapy. Ten days ago I had my procedure done by Dr. Brandt, and since then I have nothing but positive things to say about him and his practice. Everyone in his office was extremely welcoming and put me at ease and comfort about my procedure. The procedure went very smooth. And I did not have ANY post procedure pain or discomfort. I had no need for any pain medication. I was back to work seeing patients on the 2nd day after the procedure. My hip already feels noticeably better. I have the second procedure scheduled in four weeks, and I am confident that in another 3-4 weeks I'll be back playing soccer again. Thank you, Dr. Brandt and team for taking such excellent care of me.
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