Do you have a meniscus injury and wondering how stem cell therapy could help? The best part about turning to regenerative stem cell therapy and physical therapy treatment plans before surgery is eliminating the risks and side effects patients experience with surgery. Surgery is not only invasive, but it means long recovery times, and the possibility of more knee degeneration from the removal of parts of the meniscus structure. Why is this important? Every year about 1 million people have surgery to repair a tear in the meniscus of their knee, according to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons.
Why Stem Cells?
When looking for a way to repair meniscus injuries, the least invasive options with the best long-term results are what patients and doctors desire most. The invasive nature of surgery leads to long recovery times, medications–often with undesirable side effects. That’s why stem cell therapy for meniscus injuries is so attractive.
Until recently, the most common approach for meniscus tears was to surgically remove all (or part) of the meniscus that had the tear. But this approach has been shown to weaken the joint leading to osteoarthritis and other degenerative problems. The meniscus offers much needed cushion for the knee joint and prevents the breakdown of knee cartilage.
“The use of cells for regeneration or augmentation of repair holds great potential, as cells can adapt to the new environment and respond to signals sent by the damaged meniscus or differentiate and actively contribute to the repair. In this way, cell therapy may improve long-term outcomes of partial and total meniscectomy and allow for a broader indication of repair for both traumatic as well as degenerative meniscus tears,” writes the National Institutes of Health.
The Applications for Stem Cells Treatments for Knee Injuries
The safe and effective use of stem cell therapy for knee injuries is currently underway. When shopping for treatment, one of the important differences between clinics that offer treatment is whether or not they are complying with FDA law. Some treatments have FDA approval where others don’t so make sure you do your homework.
How Stem Cell Treatment Works
Stem Cell Therapy uses autologous–self derived–adult stem cells. The type of stem cells involved in this treatment uses both mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) and hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs), macrophages, and other needed cells collected from the patient. These adult stem cells reside in all of us and work to repair cells, tissues and bone when they are damaged.
Doctors use either fluoroscopy or ultrasound, to precisely place stem cells where they are needed in the injury area so that stem cells can attach to the damaged area and boost healing. After stem cell adhesion, concentrated platelets can be injected to help trigger a multiplication of stem cells so they can become the repair cells needed tissue regeneration.
This type of stem cell treatment is available at clinics within the United States for those that qualify as candidates. “Stem cells emit growth factors that promote the healing of the meniscus tissue, helping the two sides knit back together,” writes the Smithsonian Magazine.
Growing Your Own Meniscus
The potential for future stem cell therapy is a treatment scaffolding that will enable meniscus tears to regenerate tissue and heal the tear completely. Stem cell therapy today offers patients the closest self-repair process on the market without surgical interventions.
Are You A Candidate for Meniscal Regeneration with Stem Cell Therapy?