Knee osteoarthritis is the most common joint disorder in the United States. Knee pain occurs in 10% of men and 13% of women aged 60 years or older. Knee pain significantly limits exercise, walking, bending and standing contributing to the physical decline of aging.
Knee osteoarthritis is caused by the breakdown of cartilage that cushions the joint. Over time, the breakdown of the cartilage, ligaments, and bone begins to deform the joint and cause severe pain and limitations of movement. There are several stages of osteoarthritis from mild to severe. In severe cases, a total knee replacement surgery may be indicated.
The usual treatments for knee pain include physical therapy to strengthen supporting muscles. Gel injections into the joint with a substance called hyaluronic acid that helps to lubricate and cushion the joint. And cortisone or steroid injections into the joint that may reduce pain, swelling, and inflammation.
Recently, the Journal of the American Medical Association published a study comparing the long-term effects of steroid injections into the knee with an injection of saline (sterile water). Patients received a steroid injection or saline injection every three months. MRI images of the knee were obtained to evaluate the cartilage volume.
The researchers concluded that among patients with painful knee osteoarthritis, two years of steroid injection compared with saline injection, resulted in greater cartilage volume loss and no significant difference in knee pain. Stated differently, a patient who receives frequent steroid injections risk the greater loss of cartilage volume inside the knee joint. The breakdown of cartilage inside the joint may accelerate the progression of osteoarthritis causing more knee pain which ultimately requires more invasive surgical treatments.
Regenerative medicine physicians have long recognized joint destruction by steroid injections and have recommended various regenerative medicine procedures such as stem cell injections. Stem cells are harvested from the patient’s body, concentrated and injected back into the knee joint.
Stem cell therapies are a source of mesenchymal stem cells (MSC), growth factors and cytokines. These stem cells are proven to contain viable and living cells which provide a therapeutic and regenerative healing response. The stem cells have the capacity to change into cartilage cells, bone cells and ligament cells. The regenerative properties of the stem cells result in healing the damaged and inflamed tissues resulting in relief of knee pain.
The physicians at 5280 Stem Cell are uniquely qualified to accurately assess your medical condition and help you decide which stem cell therapy method would medically benefit you. All our physicians are board certified and surgically trained to perform stem cell procedures.
Michael Shell, DO
Medical Director 5280 Stem Cell
Board Certified Physicians
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To provide people with non-surgical treatment options that bring relief from pain, harness the body’s ability to heal itself, and restore hope for a healthier active future.