Knee Stem Cells in Clearwater, Tampa Bay, FL
The knee and hip account for nearly a million joint replacements annually in the United States. The knee is the most frequent joint affected with problems in the lower leg.
Regenerative therapy and stem cells are being used for a variety of musculoskeletal complaints, including knee pain. Understanding the nature of knee pain and the use of stem cells for the treatment of knee pain, may help in determining if knee stem cell treatments may be an option.
Stem Cell Treatments
Stem cell treatments have been presented in animal and human studies to show variable degrees of cartilage regeneration. Something no other current medical treatment for knee maladies can do.
Though cartilage regeneration is not uniformly consistent in all patients and further studies are needed to properly delineate this, Dennis M. Lox, M.D. of Clearwater, FL, has treated patients of diverse backgrounds and trends for higher success can be seen, by understanding the science and the art of regenerative medicine.
This is why no cookie cutter approach should be undertaken, and experience is invaluable in proper patient selection. A personalized medicine approach is optimal for each and every patient.
Conditions Treated by Knee Stem Cells and Regenerative Therapy
Stem cells for knee pain are probably the most frequent reason patients seek out stem cell advice.
A combination of growth factors and platelets naturally found in the body, provides cell signals and nourishment to help the knee stem cells flourish and develop into new joints, ligaments, tendons, and other body parts.
When relief is needed, knee stem cells may be applied to a variety of conditions:
Degenerative Arthritis or Osteoarthritis
Osteoarthritis was previously thought of as a wear and tear disease. Trauma, surgery, weight, genetics, and local inflammatory factors all may play a role in the development of osteoarthritis.
Current scientific knowledge, reveals that knee osteoarthritis is a complex disorder that may encompass many variables.
Knee osteoarthritis is also a progressive disorder, and patients may be seen at different spectrums along this progression. A common goal of many patients is to avoid knee replacement surgery.
Avascular Necrosis (AVN)
Avascular necrosis (AVN) also known as osteonecrosis, is a complicated and troubling medical condition. It is a great source of worry for both patient and families due to the uncertain outcome. Osteonecrosis refers to: Osteo (bone) and Necrosis (cell death).
This is similar to a heart attack caused by lack of blood flow, which results in cardiac cell death. The striking difference is heart tissue that becomes necrotic, may fill in with scar tissue, while bone that becomes necrotic may collapse and lead to a rapid secondary arthritis.
Knee stem cell injections can be a treatment for chronic pain such as Avascular Necrosis as a means of non-surgical treatment as opposed to surgery. This is ideally suited for early AVN before knee joint collapse occurs.
Meniscal tears is another common problem seen in patients with knee pain.
Many meniscal tears have been treated with surgery. Some improve, while others do not. Surgically treated knee meniscal tears also may respond initially to surgery, only to develop knee pain and arthritis later in time.
What Knee Stem Cells Can Be Use For
Patients with chronic knee pain and histories of prior trauma, and surgery are often told they may need a knee joint replacement. This also is a leading reason patient seek consultation for knee stem cells.
Stem cells are appealing options for these patients as the short to no down time, and the noninvasive nature compared to knee joint surgery are attractive to these patients.
Adult stem cell therapy for knee arthritis or injury is the ideal choice if you have been suffering from knee joint pain. Stem cells may exert an effect on modulating degenerative cartilage breakdown signals. In effect the stem cells may overrule the inflammatory response that results in cartilage breakdown.
Another effect of stem cells is the ability to form new cartilage cells (chondrocytes). This process of forming new cells is regeneration, and is part of the pathway to repair degenerated joints.
Each patient is a unique individual and treatments must be tailored for each patient’s needs, goals, and desires.
Additionally, different patients all have different responses to many types of treatments. This reflects how complex we are, and reiterates a custom approach to treating patients to obtain the best outcomes.
Knee stem cells have been used for cases of:
- Options or alternatives to knee joint replacement
- Failed knee surgery
- Failed knee arthroscopic surgery
- Multiple failed knee surgeries and arthroscopies
- Alternative to knee surgery
The suitability of knee stem cell therapy as an alternative to knee surgery, can be viewed as surgery can always be done in the future if results are not successful or symptoms delay surgery to a much later date.
However if surgery is precluded, as the result of successful knee stem cell therapy, then success is often determined and the patient is very satisfied with the outcome. This can often lead to a return to sports participation, a highly valued goal, as well as a measure of success.
Do Your Research
Weekend warriors come in many varieties. A marathon runner exerts far more stress on the knee joint than a cyclist. A bodybuilder squatting several hundred pounds exerts more knee compression and strain, than someone doing circuit training. Elite athletes desiring to extend their playing career a few more years, than retire, is different than a 40 year old triathlete who has yet to visualize his own finish line.
Different goals require different approaches. Not all approaches are appropriate for all patients. Finding the best option for each patient is the best one can offer. Proper education helps to align these goals.
Knee pain is common. Stem cells may be a viable option for some types of knee pain, and as an alternative strategy to knee replacement surgery.
An experienced Regenerative Medicine specialist will also address other factors which may be important in the overall treatment strategy.
Quality Regenerative Medicine in the Tampa Bay, Clearwater Area
Dennis M. Lox, MD, offers adult stem cell treatments at his Pinellas County Clearwater, Florida office for knee pain related to osteoarthritis, meniscus tears, ACL tears, tendonitis, and other knee joint conditions. Many patients are finding that regenerative approaches like stem cell therapy offer them a nonsurgical means of pain relief, allowing them to return to active, fulfilling lives without the downtime and risks associated with surgery.
Many people have questions about stem cell knee therapy, and Dr. Lox helps his patients to learn as much as they can about this progressive treatment so that they can make the best possible decision for their knee condition. Below are a few basic facts about stem cell therapy for the knee that you might wish to know:
- Our stem cell knee therapy does not use embryonic cells. The stem cells are extracted from the patient’s own tissues during a short procedure right in Dr. Lox’s Clearwater office.
- The cells used for our stem cell knee treatments are called mesenchymal cells, which are basically cells that can differentiate, or become specialized, for many different areas of the body.
- Mesenchymal cells are usually taken from fat tissue or from bone marrow; once extracted, the cells are prepared and injected into the affected joint in Dr. Lox’s office on the same day.
- These cells can become specialized for the knee and help to regenerate the cartilage and other tissues that have worn away over time due to osteoarthritis or other joint conditions as well as reduce the inflammatory response.
- Dr. Lox has a state of the art laboratory and decades of experience in joint and spinal injections with fluoroscopic and ultrasound guidance. This experience combined with decades of teaching at the national and international level gives him a truly unique expertise.
While results vary among patients, many individuals experience inflammation and pain relief in as little as one week; the stem cells will continue to regenerate tissue in the knee joint in the months that follow.
To ensure that his patients fully understand their condition and their options for treatment, Dr. Lox offers a warm, welcoming environment in which his patients can ask questions and get thorough, straightforward answers.
Contact Dr. Lox to Schedule a Knee Stem Cell Therapy Consultation
Call Dr. Lox: 727-462-5582