Knee Stem Cell Treatment
Are you suffering from Knee Pain or had an Knee Injury? Before you go and have surgery, find out if your own body can heal you by consulting with Dennis M Lox M.D. at our Sports and Regenerative Medicine Center of Excellence located in Beverly Hills, California and find out if Stem Cell Therapy can prevent you from having surgery.
The stem cell therapy has grown in popularity in the last years as part of regenerative medicine. This is because the physician promotes healing through the use of the patient's own repair mechanisms and growth factors, so the risk of rejection is very low.
Basically, the procedure consists in withdrawing the stem cells from the bone marrow (mainly the bone of the hip) or the adipose tissue on the stomach, concentrate them through a laboratory process, and later re-inject them precisely in other areas of the body (the injured tissues).
Currently, this treatment has been expanding in many areas of medicine as a treatment for different diseases. Especially in orthopedic and musculoskeletal disorders; it is used for both degenerative diseases (like osteoarthritis) and post-traumatic injuries (like sports injuries and surgeries).
According to Dennis M Lox M.D., expert in knee stem cell therapy, most body injuries occurs due to a lack of local stem cells and the lack of a blood supply to deliver a sufficient quantity of stem and regenerative cells. The stem cells have the unique capability of being able to create multiple types of other cells. They are normally found in everyone, but with aging the amount of these cells decline, therefore the body’s innate healing capacity to aid declines too.
Also, the body's joint are mostly avascular or lack a good blood supply, which increase the degenerating process. These characteristics explain why the degeneration of joints (osteoarthritis) tends to be progressive.
Knee osteoarthritis is the degeneration of the knee joint components, both cartilage and bone. Experts agree that stem cells may help in the repair of knee osteoarthritis in many ways, since they may act as anti-inflammatory mediators, or forming new cartilage or bone cells, by differentiation.
However, there are several types of stem cells. Experts say that the best type for promoting musculoskeletal healing (as tendon, ligament, cartilage and bone) are the stem cells found in the bone marrow.
Between the knee injuries and conditions that may be treated with stem cells include:
- Arthritis / Osteoarthritis.
- Knee ligament injuries, like sprains and tears (MCL, ACL, PCL or LCL).
- Patellofemoral Syndrome / Chondromalacia.
- Pes anserine bursitis.
- Baker’s cyst.
- Patellar tendonitis.
- Meniscus tear.
- Knee Instability.
- Biceps Femoris Insertional Tendinopathy.
- Hamstrings Tendinopathy.
- Cartilage Damage.
The benefits that could provide the stem cell therapy is that it is performed within a single day and it may be used as a safer alternative to the surgery or total joint replacement. In other terms, this therapy could provide the same results in a less traumatic way, within the risks of complications such as infection and blood clots.
Some experts say that even most patients are able to return to normal activity following the procedure, which allows avoiding the painful and lengthy rehabilitation periods that are typically required after joint surgeries.
However, always is recommended to visit a doctor, he/she can determine the best treatment for each patient according to his/her particular needs.
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