We treat a lot of knees at our clinic. Part of the reason is because knee injuries are so prevalent. Another reason is that quite often the other treatments patients receive, only provide temporary relief. When an injury is left untreated or when the treatment fails to adequately repair an injury, the knee becomes unstable. The instability sets the knee up for a cycle of abnormal joint motion, which promotes knee degeneration and destroys the joint over time, setting the knee up for the development of arthritis. If you already have arthritis in your knee, we can help. If you have injured your meniscus or ACL, Regenerative Orthopedics is an effective therapy capable of repairing the injury and stopping the cycle that leads to arthritis. Regenerative Orthopedics is also an ideal treatment for anyone looking to avoid knee replacement!
The Healthy Knee vs An Injured Knee
The knee is the largest joint in the body and one of the more complex joints. In order to accomplish all of the tasks the knee needs to do, many forces and stressors are placed on it. A healthy knee moves smoothly during walking activities, and also when running, jumping and turning. One of the most important keys to a healthy knee is maintaining stability in response to the forces placed upon it. When any part of the knee joint is injured, such as the bony configuration, muscles, menisci, joint capsule or the ligaments, the whole stability of the knee is disrupted, causing symptoms and pain. When knee injury does occur, Regenerative Orthopedics stops the disruption and stabilizes the knee again. The treatment does this by promoting the healing of unstable and weakened ligaments, and other injured joint structures, which then eliminates the pain associated with knee conditions caused by abnormal joint motion.
Knee Pain from Arthritis
Knee pain is one of the most common reasons people seek out medical help, and knee osteoarthritis is a primary player, impairing the mobility and activity level of those who suffer from it. The prevalence of knee pain increases with age, and is affected by lifestyle factors, such as obesity and lack of exercise. Arthritis sufferers deal with chronic pain, joint stiffness, structural damage, and the progressive loss of cartilage, which can be disabling. Did you know the pain of arthritis does not come from the cartilage? Even though cartilage loss plays a central role in arthritis, it is not the source of pain, since cartilage tissue does not contain nerve fibers. The tissue that does contain a lot of nerve fibers includes the ligaments, tendons, meniscus, joint capsule, synovium and periosteum. Arthritis pain is due to injury to these types of tissue. Since soft tissue is mainly responsible for the smooth movement of the knee joint, when abnormal forces are placed on them, injury occurs that disrupts the balance between normal motion and instability. This is where the painful process begins. The nerve endings that cause pain are also present where the ligaments and tendons insert to the bone, and this area can become a source of ongoing knee pain. Regenerative Orthopedic treatments are often directed at these sites and as such are recognized as one of the most effective non-surgical therapies to treat knee pain.
Ligaments play a crucial role in the stability of the knee, because they guide the motion of the knee joints, and restrain excessive motion to prevent dislocation. Ligament injuries are also the most common form of knee injury. Ligament injury then upsets and disrupts the balance in the motion of the knee joint. Injuries that result in ligament damage also commonly result in the injury to other knee structures, such as the meniscus, tendons and cartilage. As mentioned, these injuries can eventually lead to arthritis, which can transpire within a few years with severe injuries or possibly over decades if the injury is less severe.
Regenerative Orthopedic Treatments Heal the Soft Tissue Injuries
Although many treatments may offer temporary pain relief, it is important to find a treatment that does more than chase the symptoms, and one that actually repairs the injured soft tissue in order to restore normal motion to the knee joint. Regenerative Orthopedic treatment options, such as Stem Cell Therapy, Platelet Rich Plasma and Prolotherapy are effective therapies that do just that. These treatments stimulate healing of ligaments, tendons and menisci, and restore normal functioning of the knee joint, thus preventing the arthritic progression. In more advanced cases, the Gold Standard in Stem Cell Therapy can be used to promote the regeneration of articular cartilage.
Regenerative Orthopedic treatments target and repair the structures generating the pain in knee arthritis, effectively resolving the pain. Regenerative Orthopedic treatments give hope to arthritis sufferers, because they provide not only pain relief, but also joint repair, resulting in improved function and a better quality of life.