If you are one of the millions of people suffering every day from chronic knee pain, you have most likely been told your only option is medication or knee replacement surgery. Or, you’ve tried all the typical self-treatments, such as taking it easy, icing, and elevating to help reduce the swelling and pain. While these are definitely helpful for easing the discomfort from inflammation, they are not long term solutions to serious damage done due to an injury or degeneration.
For severe cases of knee pain, many doctors recommend potentially harmful and addictive pain medications or knee replacement surgery. But neither of these options get to the root cause of your pain, they only mask the symptoms of an underlying problem or require substantial downtime for recovery.
Our knees go through a lot over our lifetime, which inevitably leads to some sort of pain. However, most people who complain of chronic or severe knee pain are dealing with something more than just the normal wear and tear of aging on the joints.
There are many causes for knee pain, such as:
- Cartilage damage
- Torn meniscus
- Torn MCL (medial collateral ligament)
- Runner’s knee
- And more
Oftentimes this type of damage requires surgery to replace or repair the problem. As we age, our body’s ability to heal itself begins to diminish, meaning we need to seek outside sources to help with the healing process. Fortunately, drugs and invasive surgeries are not the only options. Regenerative medicine treatments offer solutions for knee pain that are far less risky and invasive, and can help avoid long recovery times.
Regenerative treatments using mesenchymal cells are among the most effective regenerative therapies available for healing the body without drugs or surgery. These cells contain high levels of growth factors and have shown great success in repairing torn cartilage, healing strained ligaments and repairing damaged joints.
Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) is another highly effective regenerative treatment option to relieve severe knee pain or injury. PRP is created through a process in which the patient’s own blood is used to treat the injury. A small sample of blood is drawn right there in the doctor’s office and then spun in a centrifuge. This process separates the plasma from the rest of the sample. Once the platelets are extracted they are then injected into the injured area. This saturates the damaged area with the platelets, speeding up the healing process.
There are millions of people each year who suffer from knee pain or injury. If you are one of those people, you know that chronic knee pain has a tremendous impact on your quality of life and greatly limits enjoyment from everyday activities, turning them into painful tasks. Regenerative medicine offers many options for relieving chronic pain in your knees as well as getting you back to enjoying a healthy, active life without the need for drugs or surgery.
Getting to the source of the pain is key to getting a proper treatment plan in place that specifically meets your individual needs. Surgery and pain-masking medications are not your only options when you are dealing with knee pain. Regenerative medicine offers our patients an effective and non-invasive alternative. If you are looking for an option that will heal your pain or injury at the source, while also providing long-lasting results, regenerative treatments may be exactly the right path for you.