Countless numbers of individuals suffer from knee pain on a day to day. When this pain is because of cartilage loss causing bone to rub against bone, the condition is termed osteoarthritis. Until recently, treatments for knee pain secondary to osteoarthritis has been limited.
Medications alone, like NSAIDS and narcotics provide temporary, often incomplete relief and might have unwanted side effects like oversedation and stomach ulcers.
Injections of steroid and implant fluid, like Synvisc and Hyalgan, may prove beneficial, but relief is typically temporary.
Prolotherapy, or injection of a dextrose based irritant solution, induces the body’s own healing process, and might offer long run sympotom relief.
There are several surgical options starting from microfracture to total knee replacement are intended to supply more definitive, long run relief from artiritic knee pain. Thse procedures, however often come short of their promised pain relief. Pain after knee surgery is significant and lead to a chronic recovery period. While microfracture’s recovery is a smaller amount than that of knee surgery pain, it’s cartilage growth is commonly minimal and short lived.
Autologous mesenchymal stem cell therapy is an exciting alternative to knee replacement surgery. Unlike any of the procedures mentioned above, this procedure actually regrows cartilage and ends up in reduced knee pain. There are several successful case studies within the literature which attest to the present.
–Centeno Schults .org