It takes strong, steady knees to keep ourselves mobile, flexible, and sustain an active healthy lifestyle. What do you do when your knees cause pain and slow you down?
Let’s first take a look at the knee structure to give you a greater understanding and see why knee health is so important to provide good quality of life. Your knee is made up of five different parts
- the bones (3 bones meet together to form your knee cap),
- cartilage (the slippery substance that helps your knee bones glide smoothly as you run or walk),
- meniscus (tough and rubbery piece of cartilage to act as “shock absorbers”),
- ligaments (connect the bones together), and
- tendons (connect muscles to the bones).
Any part of the knee can be injured by strenuous types of activity, such as running or vigorous exercise — or something as minimal as standing up too quickly with a twist of the knee. Sore, injured knees are one of the most common reasons that people see their doctor, the main injuries being strains, sprains and tears of soft tissue, dislocations, and fractures.
Stem Cell Therapy
In previous years, people underwent major surgery to repair a damaged knee joint; however, traditional treatments require long recovery times, along with painful physical therapy. Fortunately, modern science has discovered newer, minimally invasive types of treatments to restore the knee and even repair damaged tissue naturally. For example, stem cell therapy is now used frequently to repair knee injuries.
Stem cell therapy for damaged knees utilizes your own stem cells to help the healing process of injured or degenerated joints. With regenerative therapy, stem cells are withdrawn from the bone marrow, concentrated through a lab process and then re-injected precisely into the injured tissues. After stem cells are re-injected into the damaged localized area, they enhance the natural repair process of degenerated and injured tendons, ligaments, and arthritic joints. Furthermore, regenerative therapy doesn’t mask the symptoms, but addresses the root cause of the condition.
The best part about regenerative therapy is that stem cell injection procedures are treated in a single day and offer a viable alternative to surgery or joint replacement. After the first treatment, the stem cells are injected again 2-5 days later to keep the cells activated and promote additional natural healing. The best part: patients are able to return to normal activity right after the procedure and go on with their day!
It’s good to be mindful if you suffer from knee pain. Be sure to seek treatment as soon as possible if you:
- Have severe pain
- Begin limping
- Have swelling that won’t go down away
- Cannot move the knee
- Feel like your knees are giving out
There’s no need to suffer any longer, or put off seeing a doctor due to fear of surgery. Call Dr. Kamson at (206) 496-0630 to see if you are a good candidate for stem cell treatment or other forms of regenerative therapy for your hurting knees.