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Stem cell therapy for Knee pain : How it works

Author: Jonathan Pham
Review Date: November 20, 2019 | Last Modified: November 29, 2019
Stem cell therapy for Knee pain : How it works

As people’s lifestyle becomes more and more active, the rate of physical injuries increases proportionately as well. Those who frequently engage in physical activities – whether as part of their jobs, exercise routines or hobbies – are at a higher risk of traumas and musculoskeletal issues, which range from simple knee pain to osteoarthritis.

Most conventional methods of treating these problems are invasive and require a very long time to take effect. That is not the case with modern biological treatments – specifically, those that involve the use of stem cells. In fact, countless clinical trials have proven that stem cells can effectively aid in treating knee degeneration and injuries. For athletes and those who live an active life, stem cell therapy for knee pain is currently the best way to retain their athletic lifestyle.

Learn about knee pain

Symptoms & causes of knee pain

Knee pain can occur in or around the knee joint. The symptoms may vary depending on each person’s case. Some people may notice a very mild pain, while others’ conditions may be so debilitating that they can no perform their daily activities. Knee pain is often found in older adults, but younger people may also be affected as well – especially if they perform heavy-duty tasks or play sports too frequently.

Below are some common symptoms of knee pain:

  • Swelling & Redness;
  • Stiffness in knee joints;
  • Weakened and unstable muscles;
  • Cracking noises while moving;
  • Difficulty in straightening the knee.

Many conditions can contribute to the development of knee pain, including:

  • ACL injury;
  • Meniscus tear;
  • Patellar tendinitis;
  • Arthritis;
  • Musculoskeletal disorders;
  • Cartilage diseases;
  • Bakers Cyst;
  • Iliotibial band (ITB) syndrome.

How to treat knee pain

For some people, knee pain is just a slightly uncomfortable problem that can be ignored completely. However, the condition can prove to be truly debilitating in many cases – specifically, many people who suffer from serious knee pain cannot go to work and perform their daily activities. If not treated properly, knee pain caused by osteoarthritis may lead to physical disability and the inability to live an independent life.

Most traditional methods of treating knee pain are either pharmaceutical or surgical-based. To start with, anti-inflammatory drugs (ibuprofen, naproxen) can be taken to temporarily reduce joint pain and swelling. Next, patients may be injected with corticosteroids and hyaluronic acids to repair knee cartilage. In more severe cases, surgery such as arthroscopy is the final solution.

The problem with the above-mentioned treatments is that they are invasive and require patients to rest for a long time before they may observe the effects. For people who live a very busy life, this is just unaffordable. Not to mention, the effects are not long-lasting – in fact, hundreds of patients eventually have to resort to knee replacement surgery as their condition worsens over time. To deal with these drawbacks, patients now have the option to perform stem cell treatment for knee pain.

Stem cell therapy for knee pain

How effective is stem cell therapy for knee pain?

Stem cells have been attracting the attention of researchers for decades. Due to their unique regenerative and immunomodulatory effects, these cells have been widely used in the treatment of various diseases and health conditions – including knee pain. Usually, the condition is the result of a breakdown in the cartilage cells – which happens either due to aging or physical injuries. Hence, stem cells can be injected into the knee to promote self-repair.

What sets stem cell therapy for knee pain apart from other treatments is its minimal invasiveness. As stem cells stimulate the regeneration of cartilage tissues, patients will have their symptoms reduced without the need for a lengthy recovery period – which is usually associated with surgical approaches.

The use of stem cell therapy for knee pain treatment is not something new. As reported by Thrivemd Clinic, the famous tennis player Rafael Nadal has performed fat-derived stem cell treatment twice to deal with his knee ailments. The treatment has since allowed him to swiftly return to his competition schedule.

What types of stem cells are used to treat knee pain?

Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) have been shown to produce the greatest therapeutic effects in patients with degenerative knee cartilage. These cells are extracted from a variety of sources, including the bone marrow and adipose tissue. After a transplantation procedure, stem cells will home to areas that are affected by inflammation/ degeneration – this mechanism is known as chemotaxis. Upon arrival at the desired site, MSCs will differentiate into new cartilage and bone tissues, hence replacing those damaged by illnesses and injuries. On the other hand, these stem cells also help strengthen the immune system, which may pose a positive impact on the cartilage around the injured areas.

Some of our stem cell partners combine stem cell injections with additional treatments to further enhance the chance of improvements for patients. For example, at Bangkok Regenerative Center (BRC) – a well-known regenerative medicine center in Thailand, the treatment protocols involve a combination of Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) injections, prolotherapy, bone marrow treatment, and physical therapies.

Potential improvements after stem cell therapy for knee pain

Hundreds of clinical trials all over the world have proven how effective and safe the use of MSCs in treating knee damage and osteoarthritis is. At our partners, many patients with knee pain and osteoarthritis have reported the following improvements after their treatment:

  • Less joint pain and stiffness;
  • Reduced level of inflammation;
  • Regeneration of cell cartilage;
  • Improved joint flexibility;
  • Increased muscular strength.

As the effects of stem cell therapy are generally long-lasting, people can now enjoy a better life quality without having to resort to expensive, yet risky surgery.

Testimonial video

Source: EW Villa Medica

Where can I get Stem cell therapy for knee pain?

Currently, GO.CARE has been co-operating with numerous leading stem cell clinics in Thailand and some neighboring countries. Some like StemCells21, Bangkok Regenerative Center (BRC) and EW Villa Medica have provided treatment for thousands of patients with knee pain and osteoarthritis.

Contact us now to get a COMPLETELY FREE consultation about stem cell treatment. We will make sure that you receive the best treatment from the most qualified doctors at the most affordable spending!

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