Non Surgical Knee Pain Treatment
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Stem Cell Therapy for Knee Pain
Can my Knee pain be treated nonsurgically?
A question I get a lot from prospective patients is can my knee injury be treated Non-surgically?
The answer to that question in a lot of cases is yes.
Stem cell therapy works great for ligament strains and partial tears, meniscus, tears, and other strains and sprains of the knee, including any level of arthritis. But a lot of people come in with acute injuries of the knee.
Stem cells are a better treatment for acute knee injuries than surgery, especially when it comes to problems with the meniscus.
Most studies through the years have shown that meniscus surgery is unnecessary and that stem cell therapy is just as if not better. And it certainly is safer than traditional surgery.
NeoGenix Specializes in Non-Surgical Knee Pain Treatment
Stem cell therapy is a natural, non-surgical alternative treatment for knee pain relief from arthritis and chronic knee cartilage degeneration. We also commonly treat acute conditions resulting from recent soft tissue injuries, such as meniscus or ACL tears.
Why are people choosing stem cell therapy over surgery?
- Quicker and easier recovery with no downtime
- Out-patient procedure with a local anesthetic only
- Complications are extremely unlikely
What is Stem Cell Treatment for Knee Pain?
Stem cell therapy is a natural treatment for knee injuries and conditions that cause knee pain. Stem cell therapy triggers cartilage repair in the knee and starts relieving the debilitating symptoms, such as pain, stiffness, or immobility.
At NeoGenix, we typically recommend a combined approach of high-dose stem cells (from bone marrow aspirate and adipose tissue) with collagen-based matrix – or scaffolding – because knee injury treatment requires an aggressive approach to prevent it from worsening.
Milder cases can be treated with just growth factors from Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP).
Is Stem Cell Therapy for Knee Pain Effective?
Many patients find relief from pain and stiffness caused by knee injuries or osteoarthritis with stem cell treatments. There have been many research studies demonstrating significant improvement in knee pain and cartilage quality following stem cell therapy and numerous ongoing studies continuing to evaluate the benefits.
Patients who have received stem cell therapy at NeoGenix have reported:
- Less pain from osteoarthritis or past injuries
- Reduced knee stiffness
- Reduced dependency on pain medications
- Improved knee mobility and range of motion
NeoGenix is also founded by one of the most experienced stem cell treatment doctors in Charlotte, NC, Dr. James Altizer, who has been performing therapeutic procedures in North Carolina since January 2016. Dr. Altizer received expert training from recognized leaders in the regenerative medicine field, including training on bone marrow aspiration with Duke University-affiliated physicians. He has performed thousands of stem cell and growth factor procedures, more than any other medical doctor in the Carolinas.
NeoGenix has a patient success rate of over 94%* with many results lasting for years.
Alternative to Knee Replacement Surgery – Regenerative Medicine
So over time and after trauma, our joint cartilage starts to wear out, sometimes slowly over years and sometimes very quickly over a few months. The only alternative to invasive surgery is stem cell therapy. Do not agree to surgery until you’ve got a second opinion to see whether or not stem cell therapy can help. The less invasive treatment is, the easier and more successful your recovery will be.
Many patients who have undergone stem cell treatments for knee pain and acute knee injuries have found this minimally invasive regenerative medicine procedure to be an excellent alternative to total knee replacement, arthroscopic surgery, or meniscus surgery.
CONDITIONS THAT CAUSE KNEE PAIN
The knee is one of the body’s largest and most important joints. Due to its intricate assembly of ligaments, bones, cartilage, and tendons, knee issues can cause intense discomfort. It could be damaged due to osteoarthritis, wear and tear from repetitive use, or an unexpected impact. Neogenix stem cell treatment in Charlotte, North Carolina – plus our new location in Lake Norman – offers comprehensive treatment for knee pain patients.
Knee pain can significantly hinder your movement and functional capacity, making it challenging to move around or perform daily activities. Finding relief for this issue is paramount; a physical examination will identify the source of your pain issues, and we may recommend additional tests, such as an X-ray or MRI, for further diagnosis if needed.
Knee pain treatment from our doctor-led team – board-certified physician Dr. James Altizer – can improve your quality of life and get you back on your feet quickly.
Trauma to the knee and sprains can cause significant knee discomfort. Recreation and sports, as well as osteoarthritis, are often cited sources of knee injuries. While most times the joints can withstand these stresses, sometimes additional force may result in excessive damage that will need to be treated. Some of the following sports can cause knee injuries and we have worked with patients on recovering from these injuries.
Medical Conditions that result in Knee Pain
Knee pain can be caused by an unexpected incident, an untreated issue, or a knee injury that is left untreated.
Osteoarthritis is the most prevalent and well-known type of arthritis. A staggering 30.8 million United States adults are affected by it, with the knee being one of the joints most often affected. Knee osteoarthritis may be caused by weight, age, genetic predisposition, and gender – as well as repetitive injuries from sports or certain diseases.
The meniscus is a cartilage with a rubbery surface cushioning the knee joint. Meniscus injuries often happen during contact sports activities. A meniscus tear is the most common type of knee injury. Symptoms include swelling, pain, stiffness, and difficulty fully stretching the leg.
Patellar Tendinitis and Prepatellar Bursitis
Tendinitis and bursitis are two conditions that cause general knee inflammation. Tendinitis causes inflammation of the tendons, commonly referred to as Jumper’s Knee; bursitis refers to swelling of the bursa sac and may also be called Housemaid’s Knee or Carpenter’s Knuckle. Most often these conditions develop due to repetitive contact or trauma to the knees.
A sudden change of direction or an improper landing after jumping can put you at risk for an ACL injury. An ACL tear is one of the most frequent sports injuries to affect the knee since ligaments connect bones. Therefore, tearing a ligament could cause significant joint instability. Bend the knee too much or too hard and you could suffer from a PCL tear. This type of injury is often the result of car accidents.
Mechanical issues like Iliotibial Band Syndrome should also be considered when performing specific exercises.The Iliotibial Ligament runs along the outside of a person’s leg from the pelvis to the tibia, connecting hip and knee joints. It provides support when these joints stretch or flex. Iliotibial Band Syndrome (IT bands syndrome) occurs due to overuse of this connective tissue, leading to discomfort on one’s outside knee joint.
Pes Anserine Bursitis
Bursa are small, fluid-filled sacs throughout the body that act as cushions between bones and tissues. Pes anserine bursitis is a condition in which the bursa connecting the shin bone to tendons in the hamstring becomes inflamed or releases too much fluid, placing excessive pressure on the knee joint, which leads to tenderness and pain. Even after knee replacement, patients experience persistent discomfort.
Chronic pain in the knee is rare but can happen even after knee surgery. Instability or pain in the joint may develop following surgery. Some patients experience pain on the outside part of their knee, where ligaments and tendons are located. This connective tissue may have been damaged during surgery or injured by the implant afterward; as a result, they may experience hypermobility, instability, and discomfort.
- Stem Cell Therapy for Osteoarthritis (Degenerative Joint Disease)
Osteoarthritis is a chronic degenerative, progressive disease resulting in cartilage degeneration, osteophytes, and loss of joint function. Why doesn’t cartilage in knee joints self-repair similar to a cut on your hand or a broken bone? Why can’t our body repair damaged knee cartilage before it gets thinner and thinner, eventually leading to denuded areas of bone on bone arthritis?
The simple reason is that knee joints do not have adequate circulation. There is no artery inside any joint. Cartilage gets oxygen and nutrients that diffuse or dissolve tissue fluid from the underlying bones. This circulation is enough to keep it alive but is not adequate to repair the damage with trauma, repetitive use, and aging. Over time and after trauma, our joint cartilage starts to wear out, sometimes slowly over the years and sometimes very quickly over a few months.
- Stem Cell Therapy for Meniscus Tears and Strains
The meniscus is one of the most susceptible areas of the knee to degeneration and tearing. Surgeries and arthroscopic procedures are very common treatments for meniscus tears, however, the verdict is in. Medical studies have now proven beyond any doubt that most surgeries and arthroscopic procedures for meniscus problems are absolutely no better than conservative, non-operative treatment. Yet meniscus surgery continues to be one of the most frequently performed surgeries in the country. Why? Because it’s lucrative for the doctor and insurance companies pay for it. Stem cell therapy for a torn meniscus can be just as beneficial with none of the risk, expense, prolonged recovery, and morbidity of a surgical procedure.
- Stem Cell Therapy for Ligament Tears and Strains
Stem cell therapy has proven to be so successful for ligament damage in knees, that many professional athletes have now chosen it as their standard of care for knee injury treatment. One thing to be aware of is most people who undergo surgery for knee ligament tears go on to develop arthritis in that same knee years later, so avoiding surgery is important if possible. An MRI or ultrasound exam will provide a good prognostic indicator to determine the severity of the ligament tear or strain.
- Stem Cell Therapy for Patellar Tendon Tears and Strains
So called ‘Jumper’s Knee’ results from repeated high impact stress on the patellar tendon. Stem cell therapy has been proven to heal tears and sprains in this tendon, allowing patients to resume their previous level of activity. The recovery is quick and the treatment is safer than cortisone shots.
- Common Causes of Knee Pain
Knee pain can be caused by a range of issues including osteoarthritis, tendonitis, bursitis, meniscal tears, ligament injuries like ACL or MCL tears, and overuse injuries. Degenerative diseases and age-related wear and tear are also common causes.
- How to Identify Serious Knee Pain
Knee pain is considered serious if it’s accompanied by severe swelling, redness, tenderness and warmth around the joint, significant pain even at rest, or an inability to bear weight. These symptoms may indicate an acute injury or an underlying condition that requires medical attention.
- Home Remedies for Knee Pain Relief
Home remedies include rest, ice therapy to reduce swelling, compression with a knee brace or wrap, elevation to reduce swelling, and over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications. Gentle stretching and strengthening exercises may also help
- When to See a Regenerative Medicine Doctor
It’s important to consult a doctor if the pain is severe, doesn’t improve with rest and home care
- Exercises to Reduce Knee Pain
Low-impact exercises like swimming, cycling, and using an elliptical machine can be beneficial. Specific strengthening and stretching exercises targeting the muscles around the knee can also help, but these should be tailored to your specific condition
- Symptoms of Arthritis in the Knee
These include joint stiffness, especially in the morning or after sitting for a long time, swelling, pain that increases with activity, a decrease in mobility, and a feeling of warmth in the joint.
- Diagnosis of Knee Pain
Diagnosis typically involves a physical examination, medical history review, and imaging tests such as X-rays, MRI, or CT scans. Sometimes, arthroscopy, a minimally invasive surgical procedure, is used for diagnosis and treatment.
- Treatment Options for Chronic Knee Pain
Apart from conventional treatments like rest, medication, and in some cases, surgery, regenerative medicine offers options like stem cell therapy and PRP Treatments. This involves using the body’s own cells to promote healing and regeneration in the damaged knee tissue.
- Preventing Knee Pain in Sports
Preventive strategies include proper warm-up and cool-down exercises, using correct techniques and equipment for your sport, maintaining a healthy weight, strength training to support the knee joint, and avoiding overuse. Regular exercises to improve flexibility and strength, particularly in the muscles supporting the knee, are also crucial.
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