Living with severe knee pain is difficult. We understand. There are treatments to mask the pain, but they do not address the cause, just the symptoms. Once your knees cease to support you and allow you to move without pain, and once you have exhausted the non-invasive treatment options, the next step for most people is knee surgery. You may be lucky enough that knee arthroscopy or meniscus surgery could address your issues and repair the damage that the years and miles have done to your knees.
However, most people require knee replacement surgery to fully recover what they once had – the ability to take steps without pain. Not everyone can afford the time off work and the hassle of making it to physical therapy, and many people have responsibilities that make the idea of being laid up for weeks impossible.
Luckily, there are alternatives to traditional knee surgery. Advances in regenerative medicine have given us many opportunities to heal ourselves naturally, using the most powerful cells our bodies create to renew the damaged parts of ourselves, rather than having parts of our bodies replaced with steel and plastic.
Regenerative Medicine for Knees
As cartilage breaks down in your knee joint over time or due to injury, its ability to cushion the articulation of the joint is affected. When the cushioning of the cartilage disappears, the simple movements of the knee can wreak havoc on the entire system of movement, including tendons, muscles and the bone itself.
Until recently, there was no way to help the body regenerate the cartilage and address the causes of knee pain without surgery. Doctors now have access to these powerful regenerative cells through the Wharton’s jelly found in umbilical cords. The same cells that renew and grow inside us as we transform from a clump of cells into a complete human being can, when injected into the affected areas of problem knees, address the damage and pain associated with osteoarthritis or severe knee injury. The stem cells release proteins called cytokines that research has said can put the brakes on the degeneration of cartilage and grow new cartilage cells.
In this regenerative medicine approach, peptides can provide a scaffold for the body to renew what it has lost, minus the lengthy knee surgery recovery time. Our bodies were engineered for growth and renewal, and by using mesenchymal stem cells in a regenerative medicine approach, we can rekindle that process inside a damaged knee, saving the need for an expensive invasive procedure.