Do you suffer from discomfort and pain in one or both of your knees? Using stem cells can help
2 February 2020| Last updated on 4 February 2020
This minimally invasive procedure can help reduce or prevent knee pain.
For many, knee pain as a result of osteoarthritis is a major cause of both disability and discomfort. While conservative treatments available focus on relieving the pain, most usually involve the use of anti-inflammatory medications, lots of physical therapy and opioid pain killers.
Not only are these costly and time-consuming, but they rarely are able to provide full relief or lasting-effects in reducing or prevent pain in the knees.
This is why individuals suffering from this type of pain should consider stem cell therapy. In the case of knee pain, stem cell therapy is a minimally invasive procedure that has the potential to yes, decrease inflammation, but also helps to prevent the profession of the arthritic damage, repair joint cartilage, and delay or avoid knee replacement surgery altogether.
Other treatment modalities have traditionally used injection therapy, with corticosteroids and hyaluronic acid, as well as surgical treatments like arthroscopy, subchondral one drilling, and microfracture. Underdoing stem cell therapy, however, helps to reduce the chances of undergoing these more invasive procedures.
What is osteoarthritis?
Osteoarthritis is a chronic degenerative disorder that ultimately leads to a gradual deterioration of the knee joint cartilage. It may also be the result of a prior injury to the knee joint, such as a fracture, tendon damage, and ligament tears.
Having the condition may lead to joint instability, which can cause wear and tear to the articular cartilage. Arthritis can affect not only the cartilage, but may lead to damage of the bone beneath the cartilage, the synovial lining to the joints, ligaments, tendons, and muscles.
Articular cartilage damage, especially when it affects the knee joint, remains a major clinical problem due to the body's inability to repair itself effectively The major function of joint cartilage is to allow for smooth gliding of joint surfaces and protect the surrounding bone from stress. This is crucial for performing sports such as skiing and running. Articular cartilage allows the knee to absorb shock and loads up to 20 times the body weight.
How can stem cells help knee pain?
Injecting stem cells into the knee has been shown to be a better strategy to repair degenerative cartilage than implantation of other cells.
Adult stem cells have a reliable potential to differentiate into cartilage, bone, fat or soft tissue. They also display the ability to permeate to areas of inflammation and degeneration and to modify immune system activity that can positively influence the surrounding cartilage in areas of damage.