Today’s Stem Cell Knee Therapy: Is It Right For You?
Stem cell treatment. For some, that term still evokes a sense of controversy and uncertain ethics. But stem cell research has come a long way from its origins. Today stem cell treatments, like stem cell knee therapy, are practiced by the doctors and clinicians here at NSI Stem Cell using the patient’s own stem cells to help the knee regenerate and heal permanently.*
This not only is a natural resolution to any ethical concerns, but assures that there is no risk for rejection or cross-reaction.
Stem Cell Knee Treatment: Effective, Ethical, and Used for a Wide Variety of Knee Conditions
There are a number of types of stem cells in our bodies, but the type used for knee therapy is the mesenchymal stem cell (MSC). MSCs are located within adipose (fat tissue), and are the optimum stem cells for the healing and regeneration of tendons, ligaments, cartilage and bone.* They are integral to success in therapeutic results for patients.* Following specific FDA guidelines we take the cells, concentrate them, and inject them into the region that has degenerated or has been injured.
This stem cell knee therapy is greatly beneficial in a variety of therapeutic treatments, with stem cell knee regeneration being among the most practiced and successful.* The utilization of the patient’s own stem cells spurs healing in injured or degenerated joints, ligaments and more.*
Stem cell knee therapy works with our bodies’ natural abilities to mend. Stem cell specialists inject the cells into the area of the body being treated, such as the knee.* As with cortisone or steroids, the stem cells go to work reducing inflammation, but that isn’t where the benefits of stem cell knee therapy end.*
Cortisone, steroids and other drugs are just pain relievers. Stem cells, on the other hand, go about the actual work of tissue restoration and repair while alleviating pain.* In addition to this, the injection formula contains elements that lubricate the affected tissues. This not only aids in pain relief but also aids in regaining mobility.*
Every day, our bodies create billions of specialized cells that build and maintain every organ and tissue. And every day, cells degenerate even as the body produces new ones. A stem cell is what every “custom made” cell is before its potential is fulfilled. While still in the stem state, cells can be “assigned” a specific function within the body, like repairing a ligament, a joint, or tendon. But when a region of the body suffers an injury, or degeneration surpasses the body’s natural ability to regenerate, the result is weakness, pain and impaired function.
That’s where therapies like stem cell knee regeneration come in. Of these, there are many. But let’s take a closer look at two of the most common therapeutic stem cell related treatments available: Stem Cell Therapy and its frequent companion, Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy.
Stem Cell Knee Therapy Is A Regenerative Treatment
Stem cell knee therapy is exceptionally safe and effective*. Since the cells come from the patient’s own body, there’s no threat of patient rejection. Stem cells are non-steroidal, naturally occurring anti-inflammatory agents. They contain growth factors which encourage a myriad of different types of tissue growth.* In the case of knee and other joint therapy, these tissues include cartilage. *Stem cell therapy also lubricates the affected joint.*
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy for Knee and Other Joint Treatments
Laboratory studies show that PRP therapies increase the concentration of growth factors in a knee or joint that is injured or affected by a debilitating condition such as osteoarthritis.* The introduction of PRP into the affected area potentially hastens the healing process after treatment.*
A Platelet Rich Plasma treatment can be applied through two different methods:
Platelet Rich Plasma can be administered by carefully injecting the PRP solution into the affected area. It is a therapy offered to those who suffer from osteoarthritis in the knee as well as many other conditions.
PRP procedure begins with taking a patient’s blood sample and processing it in a centrifuge. Once processed, a mixture of PRP and local anesthetic is injected directly into the affected area, such as the knee. With the platelets now in the knee, they release natural chemicals that excite existing cells to migrate to site of the injury or debilitating condition. These “recruited” cells, along with the natural chemicals inherent in the PRP, diminish inflammation and, in many cases, enhance the healing process.
This is not to say there will be zero discomfort after therapy. After the treatment, pain at the injection may essentially increase during the first week or two. Depending on the severity of the injury or condition, the patient should be prepared to wait several weeks before the beneficial effect of the treatment is felt.
Studies on PRP therapy also show that this treatment can slow or stop the loss of cartilage that occurs with osteoarthritis.* A typical arthritic knee can have an annual cartilage loss of as much as five percent. Studies have concluded that, one year after PRP injection therapy, no further cartilage loss occurred in more than seventy percent of the affected knees involved in the studies.*
How Stem Cell and PRP Treatments are Used for Knee Conditions
Knee Osteoarthritis. Stem cell injections for knee osteoarthritis has been well documented. MSC injections have greatly improved the lives of people suffering from knee osteoarthritis. New cartilage growth is stimulated, pain is significantly reduced and knee function is greatly improved.*
The arthritic knee receives a two-pronged treatment of stem cells and platelet-rich plasma (PRP). The plasma acts as a nutrient for the MSCs and aids in signaling the cells to become area-specific cells. In the case of knee osteoarthritis, the MSCs regenerate into new knee tissues. The treated area also signals stem cells that are circulating through the body and draws them to the knee’s affected tissues.
Meniscus Tears. Tearing a meniscus, especially one in the knee, is a frequent cause of injury. The meniscus is a thin, fibrous cartilage between certain body joints like the knee. A knee has two menisci. These function as shock absorbers and aid in weight distribution over the knee, reducing stress on bones and cartilage.*
When a tear occurs, the meniscus’ normal functioning is impaired. Abnormal stresses around the knee occur and the potential for arthritis increases, furthering even more cartilage loss as well as pain. Traditionally, surgery has been used to get rid of the torn portions of the meniscus. Doing so, however, often results in the development of osteoarthritis in many people who have suffered the tear.
Prior to 2014, someone suffering chronic pain after meniscus surgery didn’t have many options for recovery. Either meniscus transplants were done or attempts to manage pain were done through medication or injection.
Today, however, for some patients a solitary injection of MSCs has the potential of re-growing a segment of a meniscus that has been surgically removed*. For those who are good candidates for this therapy, the alleviation of pain is often greater than that of other tear treatments.*
The majority of time, stem cell and platelet-rich plasma treatments result in significant pain reduction and recovery time, dramatically increases mobility and bypasses the risks connected to major surgical procedures.* While the patient should still except some bruising and recovery time, that time is considerably reduced with stem cell and PRP therapy, and tenderness and discomfort is minimal.
After the procedure, patients are advised to use the knee normally. Further follow-up PRP therapy is given as necessary, allowing the stem cells to keep up their work and prolong the growth process. Due to the inherent safety of stem cell therapy, the prp procedure repeated as necessary so the knee will regain the greatest possible mobility.
Benefits of Stem Cell Therapy on Knee Conditions
Stem cell knee therapy is an exciting and feasible solution for those who are looking for an alternative to joint replacement or surgical procedures. The therapy is non-surgical and is completed in a day’s time. Those who elect stem cell treatment can go back to normal every-day activities following the treatment. The painful and long recovery period that follows traditional surgical procedures is avoided with stem cell therapy. Plus, the patient is much less vulnerable to hazards like blood clots or infections that may occur following surgery.
Common Knee Conditions
Stem cell therapy can treat the following conditions. Keep in mind that this only a partial list of ALL the conditions that NSI Stem Cell Integrative Wellness Clinic treats, so please contact us if you have any questions regarding your own knee condition.*
ACL tear (Anterior Cruciate Ligament)
Biceps Femoris Insertional Tendinopathy
Chronic Ligament Sprain
Iliotibial Band Tendonitis (ITB Syndrome)
LCL tear (Lateral Collateral Ligament)
MCL tear (Medical Collateral Ligament)
PCL tear (Posterior Cruciate Ligament)
What to Look for in a Stem Cell Medical Clinic
When searching for a qualified stem cell therapy center it’s important to remember that not all of them are created equal. Stem cells, when used properly, are your body’s most powerful means for healing that can repair everything from ligaments, tendons, and cartilage to organs including your liver, pancreas and lungs and even neurological tissue like your brain, nerves and spinal cord.
Unfortunately, the majority of so-called “regenerative medicine clinics” in the world aren’t trained in the latest, most technologically advanced procedures and will, therefore, provide poor results if any.
The good news is the National Stem Cell Institute (NSI) has established the most advanced stem cell and platelet rich plasma procedures on the planet which has drawn patients from all over the world as well as professional athletes and celebrities because they are recognized as the best in the world at stem cell therapy.
What makes NSI Stem Cell the top stem cell clinic in the world is demonstrated in 5 key areas:
1. Highly trained and experienced, board-certified doctors and team members who have performed stem cell procedures on thousands of patients with incredible results.
2. Cutting edge procedures utilizing all that regenerative medicine has to offer for many chronic degenerative conditions.
3. Leading scientific researchers who follow the advanced guidelines to maximize the healing potential of your stem cells and to maintain compliance and ethics
4. Use of only the most potent and viable resource of living, viable stem cells and harvested on the same day. No vial that you can purchase will contain living stem cells. If there is no harvest then there are no stem cells.
5. Post-operative guidance for supporting stem-cell growth including rehabilitation, diet and supplement protocols. NSI is a full-service healthcare center focused on patient outcomes. Stem cell therapy is only one tool used to help improve patients’ lives.
Patients have raved about their experience at NSI Stem Cell Clinics testifying that it was their unique cutting-edge procedures that helped them experience a breakthrough when nothing else worked.
If you want to learn more about NSI Stem Cell Clinics, you can set up a complimentary consultation today to see if you are a candidate. You can contact the National Stem Cell Institute at (877) 278-3623.