Patients may initially be reluctant at first to consider stem cell therapy. As they begin to understand stem cells, they may begin to consider it as a potential option.
One patient who already underwent knee stem therapy, did so well he returned to have his hip treated. Often patients who are initially wary for knee stem cells may be more wary of a knee joint replacement. These patients may find improvement after a few months and elect to have another stem cell procedure preformed. This is what occurred with this particular patient who subsequently had his hip joint treated.
Arthritis or osteoarthritis is the most common reason patients elect to have stem cell procedures preformed. Over half of patients greater than 60 have osteoarthritis. This is a common condition indeed. Knee and hip joint replacements are the two most common joint replacement surgeries, and as such comprise the most common joints for stem cell therapy.
Osteoarthritis is a progressive condition. Understanding the nature of joint arthritis may be beneficial to alter this progression.
Joint loading sports that involve the lower extremity such as running must be considered into a treatment plan. Likewise obesity may involve excessive joint loading and be addressed as well. The careful evaluation of each patient to arrive at a precise treatment strategy for their condition ensures the best possible outcome possible. This personalized approach is most appropriate for patients desiring stem cell treatments.
Symptoms of Arthritis of the Knee
Common symptoms of osteoarthritis in the knee joint are:
Pain with all activity,
Stiffness or swelling of the joint,
Loss of weight bearing capacity,
Loss of motion of the knee
Often times, the knee may feel like it is going to give out and falling does occur.
Treatment for Arthritis of the Knee
Losing weight – Modifying activity
Physical Medicine modalities, including physical therapy
Anti-inflammatory or arthritis medications
Injections of a corticosteroid (an effective, potent anti-inflammatory)
Other effective treatments include: Visco supplementation has been shown to be effective in certain patients and may prevent some patients from even having surgery. Visco supplementation helps by replacing the lubricating fluid (synovial fluid) in the joint, which dries out with the aging process and with arthritis. Joint supplements such as Glucosamine and Chondroitin Sulfate have been popular and have many components that can help replenish proteoglycan that is normally found in the joint, which may help improve the lubrication as well.
If you’re in pain or had an injury and are looking for an alternative to surgery, contact us immediately at one of our locations. Our Main Medical Center located in Tampa Bay, Florida (727) 462-5582 or at Beverly Hills, California (310) 975-7033.