Putting Off a Knee Replacement? Try Stem Cell Therapy Instead
Posted on August 4, 2018
Does it hurt to walk? Does going up a flight of stairs seem impossible? Exercising is a no-go? If you’re struggling with day-to-day living because of knee pain, you’re not alone. For many patients, rest does not help and medications have stopped working – they are living with knee joint pain and facing (and hoping to avoid) knee replacement surgery. However, what if there was an alternative to surgery? There is, with fat stem cell therapy from Park Avenue Stem Cell.
What Causes Knee Pain?
One of the most common causes of knee pain and the need for knee replacements is osteoarthritis, also known as degenerative joint disease. Osteoarthritis affects over 27 million Americans and develops when the cartilage of the knee joint begins to break down. Without this cushioning cartilage, people feel pain, stiffness and difficulty moving their joints.
What Are the Treatments for Knee Pain?
Conventional treatments for knee pain include rest, ice, pain relievers or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications such as ibuprofen. More severe cases could require steroid injections and surgery to replace the knee joint.
Many people wait as long as they can and live in pain for years before having knee surgery because they do not want to undergo the pain, downtime and rehabilitation associated with a surgical joint replacement procedure.
How Is Stem Cell Therapy an Alternative to Knee Replacement Surgery?
For many people, stem cell therapy can help reduce the need for a knee replacement because stem cells can help heal or replace cartilage. As a result of new cartilage, pain and inflammation are reduced. Movement becomes more comfortable, and patients can return to regular activity.
Stem cell therapy also does not require the removal of healthy bone tissue, something usually associated with knee replacement surgery. During the stem cell procedure, Dr. Singer takes fat from another body area such as the waist or thigh. The fat is then spun to separate out the stem cells from blood and other tissue, and Dr. Singer injects the stem cells back into the damaged joint.
Unlike the surgical knee replacement, the procedure takes less than one hour, and most people return to normal activity the same day. No months of rehab or downtime is necessary. The procedure also does not require the general anesthesia that is necessary for traditional surgery.
Another benefit to stem cell therapy for damaged knee joints is that there is no “shelf life” associated with stem cells. They regenerate without limit until the tissue is healed, while knee replacement devices only last 15 to 20 years. This short lifespan means that you could potentially have to have more than one knee replacement surgery.
Learn more about how stem cell therapy from Park Avenue Stem Cell can benefit knee and other joint conditions. Call us now at 888-386-4751.