Knee Pain and Stem Cells Therapy –
Stem Cell Therapy for Knees
Knee pain is a common complaint that affects people of all ages. According to the Trinity College Irish Longitudinal Study on Aging (TILDA), 39% of Irish people over the age of 56 live with knee pain due to osteoarthritis. This figure increases to 56% for those over 75. Although osteoarthritis is not the only cause of knee pain, it is the most disabling and manifests itself with chronic pain more frequently, severely affecting quality of life and activity levels
Osteoarthritis is a degenerative process in which the cartilage in the joint gradually wears down until it disintegrates completely. As a result, this creates bone-to-bone contact that rubs with movement and causes chronic knee pain. Osteoarthritis can be caused by excessive stress on the joint through repeated injuries, overexertion from physical work, and being overweight.
Developments in modern medicine have given way to regenerative therapies, a non-invasive alternative to long-term medications and surgery when applicable to the illness. Regenecare Pain Management provides ground-breaking pain treatments for knee, shoulder, elbow, wrist, hip, back, ankle, and foot pain at our clinics in Dublin, Cork, and Cavan. Our pain specialist, Dr. Gehad has experience working with both professional athletes and non-athletes who want to return to doing what they love.
Regenerative treatments for knee pain has the potential to provide relief to millions of people around the world. Considering the daily load carried by our legs, chronic knee pain can severely limit mobility, thus substantially reducing your quality of life. Anti-inflammatory medications can control the pain, however somewhat but do not cure the problem and are not for long-term use as they carry serious side effects including kidney failure.
In the adult body, stem cells keep tissue healthy and replace damaged and dying cells. Stem cells are present in all of us and they act like a repair system for injured areas. However, with increased age, sometimes the optimum amounts of stem cells cannot be delivered to the injured area. The goal of stem cell therapy is to amplify the natural repair system of the patient’s body. Stem cells act like a template that can turn into a variety of cells you may need. They can develop into cartilage, bone, fat, and other kinds of connective tissues.
Your knees have ligaments and cartilage that don’t get as much blood as other parts of the body. Since stem cells travel through the blood, the knees don’t normally get all the benefits of the stem cells your body makes. Old age can also affect the number of stem cells that reach your knees. This lack of stem cells makes it difficult for the knees to heal themselves.
Stem cell treatment involves adding extra stem cells to the site of your knee injury to help the damaged cartilage or bone heal naturally. The new stem cells begin working to:
- Repair cartilage,
- Mend partially torn tendons,
- Relieve pain and inflammation,
- Reduce the rate of cell death,
- Decrease scar tissue inside the knee.
This therapy lets your body repair itself without the need for risky and invasive procedures. In many cases, your body can be the best surgeon — it just needs a little help from a treatment like a stem cell injection.
To achieve good results from treatment, the first and most important step is a correct diagnosis. Without one, we cannot treat a patient’s problem or improve their quality of life with the utmost effect. Therefore, before receiving regenerative treatment, you will first have a consultation with Dr. Gehad El Bastawisy, our pain specialist of more than 25 years. He will review and discuss your options with you and you will decide together on the best plan of action. If your pain is related to the musculoskeletal system and can be treated with our regenerative therapies, we will then schedule an appointment for treatment
Knee replacement surgery is one of the major surgeries that carries many risks and has a satisfaction rate of around 40%. Taking into account high surgical risks and many serious post-surgical complications as well as long recovery, surgery should be the last possible resort. On the other hand, with regenerative treatments for chronic knee pain, you can resume your everyday activities within just a week of post-injection recovery. Our regenerative knee therapies have an astounding 90% satisfaction rate with no hospitalization, open wound, or scarring. As the procedure is minimally invasive, you are subject to only trivial risks of infection and can forgo months confined to a bed.
- In order for the treatment to be successful, you should avoid strenuous exercise and standing for long hours for the first two weeks.
- You should continue to avoid Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs) during the recovery process, as these medications can interfere with the healing process.
The procedure begins with the doctor extracting a sample of your bone marrow from the hip region. The hip area is first cleaned and numbed with a local anesthetic. A needle is then introduced into an area of your pelvic bone known as the iliac crest. The extracted Bone marrow is spun in a machine for 10 to 15 minutes and a concentrated stem cell sample is separated. Under the guidance of an ultrasound, the stem cells are injected into the painful joint/area. This is a minor walk-in, walk-out procedure. This whole process will take no longer than an hour to an hour and a half and you may return home on the same day.
Although you will be able to drive yourself home after the procedure, for safety reasons, we always advise that you have someone accompany you to and from the clinic.
If you are experiencing pain or know someone who suffers from it, let us help and contact us through our website www.regenecare.ie or talk to one of our office staff by calling or WhatsApp 0858622734.