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Can Stem Cell Therapy Repair Damaged Knees?

Updated: Jul 2, 2023

Overview

In recent years, stemcell therapy has been hailed as a miracle cure for many conditions, from wrinkles to spinal repair. Stem cell treatments have shown promise for various diseases, including heart disease, Parkinson’s disease and muscular dystrophy.j

At Revival Clinic we are using Stem cell therapy to treat osteoarthritis(OA) of the knee. In OA, the cartilage covering the ends of the bones starts to deteriorate and wear away. As the bones lose this protective covering, they start to rub against one another. This leads to pain, swelling, and stiffness — and, ultimately, loss of function and mobility.

If symptoms become severe, total knee replacement is an option. Stem cell therapy at Revival Clinic can be an alternative to surgery.

What is stem cell treatment?

The human body is constantly manufacturing stem cells in the bone marrow. Based on certain conditions and signals in the body, stem cells are directed to where they are needed.

A stem cell is an immature, basic cell that has not yet developed to become, say, a skin cell or a muscle cell or a nerve cell. There are different types of stem cells that the body can use for different purposes. Stem cell treatments work by triggering damaged tissues in the body to repair themselves. This is often referred to as “regenerative” therapy.

Stem cell injections for knees

The cartilage covering the ends of the bones enables the bones to glide smoothly against one another with only slight friction. OA causes damage to the cartilage and leads to increased friction — resulting in pain, inflammation, and ultimately, a loss of mobility and function.

In theory, stem cell therapy uses the body’s own healing mechanisms to help repair and slow the deterioration of body tissues, such as cartilage.

Stem cell therapy for knees aims to:

  • slow and repair damaged cartilage

  • decrease inflammation and reduce pain

  • possibly delay or prevent the need for knee replacement surgery

Side effects and risks

Stem cell treatment for knees is noninvasive, and studies suggest that side effects are minimal.

After the procedure, some people may experience temporary increased pain and swelling. However, the overwhelming majority of people who get stem cell injections have no adverse side effects.

The procedure uses stem cells that come from Umbilical Cord Tissue, sometimes known as Wharton’s Jelly. At Revival Clinic we use fresh, live cells that habe never been frozen. In theory, this dramatically reduces the risk of any serious side effects.

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