What can go wrong with the knee joint?
Any number of issues could be behind your knee pain. If the bones, cartilage, ligaments, tendons, and muscles fail, your knee can be painful and dysfunctional. Osteoarthritis causes pain and stiffness, while cartilage issues — including “runner’s knee” and meniscus tears — may result in pain, weakness, and swelling.
The first step in treating knee pain is often with physical rehabilitation to correct muscle imbalances and knee bracing.
What are knee injections for pain?
Knee injections treat knee pain, arthritis, osteoarthritis, swelling, and inflammation. At Keystone Health & Wellness Center, the staff offers hyaluronan injections. Hyaluronan injections — also known as viscosupplementation — target only knee pain from osteoarthritis.
If you are not getting relief from pain medications and other treatments, viscosupplementation knee injection may relieve your knee pain. This therapy increases the effectiveness of synovial fluid present in the knee joint. This fluid acts as a shock absorber and lubricant in the joint, allowing for smooth movement of the knee, which helps to reduce your pain levels.
Usually, viscosupplementation knee injections are recommended to those patients who are not responding to exercise, physical therapy, or other medications.
The complete effect can be felt within several weeks or a few months depending on the extent of the problem and pain. Viscosupplementation injections also provide improved knee joint mobility and joint range of motion.
What is stem cell therapy for knee pain?
Stem cell therapy is a form of regenerative medicine that is revolutionizing pain management treatments. Stem cells possess unique abilities to self-renew and self-regenerate. When injected into the damaged knee joint, they bring necessary growth factors, such as hyaluronic acid, amino acids, and cytokines to help in healing. Your body works to create new, healthy tissue in the knee joint.
Each person responds differently to stem cell therapy, but you can expect to feel sore for a few days after treatment. You start to see improvements in knee function and reduction of pain in two to three weeks. Stem cell therapy is a viable, less-invasive alternative to joint replacement surgeries.
Depending on your condition, the stem cells can transform into whatever cells your joint needs. They can differentiate into cartilage, ligament, tendon, bone, or muscle. Regenerative stem cell therapy is a curative treatment; it provides you the power to develop new tissues.