Knee replacement surgery is an invasive ordeal. In addition, after a knee replacement has been performed, there is a lengthy period of recovery. Learning to walk on a replaced knee is no picnic either. With more and more people reaching retirement, they find that arthritis creates inflammation and enzyme reactions further damage the cartilage around the knee joints. While it is expected that the elderly population will experience these sorts of problems, the best that doctors have been able to offer as solutions in the past were inflammation reducing drugs and surgery. Today, the landscape of medicine is changing with the advent of stem cells. Instead of introducing foreign agents into the body to address issues with the knee joint, doctors can utilize the healing power of a patient’s own stem cells to affect positive change in the health of a person’s knee joints.
Why Use Stem Cells?
When a patient experiences the breakdown of cartilage in the knee joint region, this leads to bone on bone contact. This contact is both painful and can cause even more damage to the bone itself. Stem cell therapy works well because stem cells have an amazing ability to differentiate into the type of cells that reforms cartilage around the damaged joint. This, in effect, restricts contact between the bones. By restoring the cushion that protects the bones, this also works to eliminate pain and increase mobility. It also aids in regenerating synovial fluid that functions to lubricate the knee joint to ensure the joint is getting the nutrients it needs. As an added benefit, stem cells typically do not produce any undesirable side effects, making them a much safer option than standard drug therapy approaches.
Where Do the Stem Cells Come From?
The beautiful thing about stem cell therapy for knee joints is that the stem cells themselves come right out of the patient’s own body. In effect, the patient is producing the means to their own cure. To get all the facts about stem cells and how they can work for you, make an appointment at Longevity Regenerative Institute in Oklahoma City. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and get started!