Stem cell therapy can be used to effectively treat a wide range of acute and chronic knee conditions and injuries. Thanks to advancements in regenerative medicine, we are able to use stem cell therapy as a viable alternative to many invasive procedures such as, total knee joint replacement surgery and arthroscopic knee surgery, to treat knee pain. Additionally, stem cell therapy may be ideally suited for those who do not qualify for surgical procedures.
Commonly Treated Knee Conditions & Injuries Using Stem Cell Therapy
Every patient will need to be carefully considered for this type of treatment. If you have knee pain or limited mobility due to cartilage, ACL, MCL or other injuries, contact us to learn more about how stem cell therapy can work for your individual needs.
Common knee conditions and injuries treated using stem cell therapy:
Sprains or tears
Benefits of Stem Cell Therapy for Knee Pain
Compared to many other procedures, stem cell therapy can provide incredible improvement without all of the limitations. Instead of surgery or steroids, stem cell therapy uses your body’s own cells to repair damaged knee tissue.
Because stem cell therapy is minimally invasive, there is very little recovery time associated with this treatment option. While results vary, many patients see improvement in their knee pain and mobility in 2 to 4 weeks, on average. There is little to no chance of infection or rejection since the procedure consists of using your own cells for healing.
How Does Stem Cell Therapy Work?
Stem cells are undifferentiated cells found in our bodies that have the unique characteristic to self-renew. Stem cells have the ability to regenerate and in turn repair damaged or injured tissue. At the Orlando Center for Regenerative Medicine we only use your own mesenchymal stem cells, or adult stem cells, to promote healing in the body. We aspirate these cells from your bone marrow found in the pelvis, or iliac crest. We use bone marrow from the iliac crest because research has found that this part of our body contains a very high amount of adult stem cells. When a concentrated source of these adult cells are placed in the proper environment of the body, they are able to differentiate into cells that are a part of the musculoskeletal system, allowing the advancement of healing in bones, tendons, cartilage, and ligaments.
The Stem Cell Therapy Treatment Process
Many patients find stem cell therapy to be a pain-free procedure with little to no downtime, post-procedure. Our center uses advanced, state of the art equipment for each and every procedure performed in our office. Before being considered for a regenerative medicine procedure, such as stem cell therapy, you must have a consultation with our team in order to ensure that you are a good candidate for the treatment. After being approved for the procedure, you will be provided with a list of medication and supplements that should be avoided pre- and post-procedure. There are some medications, such as anti-inflammatories, that may hinder the healing process for stem cell therapy and platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy.
The procedure is performed in one of our beautiful treatment rooms under the guidance of an ultrasound machine. The procedure begins by cleaning and numbing the skin and bone around the pelvis area. A special needle is then inserted into the iliac crest in order to harvest stem cells located in the bone marrow blood. This process of aspiration is usually painless and is carefully done by one of our doctors.
Once the proper amount of bone marrow blood has been obtained, the tube of blood is spun in a high-spinning centrifuge in our facility. The machine concentrates the blood mixture so that the highest amounts of stem cells are separated from other cells. There is no other manipulation to these cells other than the simple process of centrification. This concentrated source of powerful stem cells is then re-injected into the area of pain or injury in order to promote healing in the body.
These procedures are considered minimally invasive and are done on an outpatient basis. We ask patients to expect that the procedure will last 90 minutes.