Knee pain caused by arthritis can become so severe that the pain limits daily activities. When this occurs, a knee replacement may be recommended by a doctor. Patients who want to postpone knee replacement surgery now have a knee repair alternative, stem cell therapy for knees. OPTIMAL Pain & Regenerative Medicine® offers a safe and effective stem cell alternative to knee replacement for patients living in the Dallas, Arlington and Fort Worth, Texas area.
Anatomy of the Knee
The knee is the largest joint in the body, composed of three main bones and a sophisticated network of muscles and ligaments. The three bones include the femur (thighbone), patella (kneecap) and tibia (shinbone). Each bone is covered by a firm, rubbery substance called cartilage that helps the knee joint bend and straighten smoothly and pain-free. Two menisci, located between the shinbone and the thighbone, act as shock absorbers when the knee joint is put under stress.
How is Stem Cell Therapy for Knees Used as a Knee Repair?
When arthritis affects a knee, a patient may experience chronic knee pain, swelling and inflammation caused by the deterioration of cartilage. The deterioration leads to bone rubbing against bone. When traditional knee repair options, such as weight loss and physical therapy, do not alleviate the pain, some doctors may recommend a knee replacement. A knee replacement surgery is not always a viable option for all patients. Some patients may want to postpone or delay surgery for as long as possible. For these patients, autologous stem cell therapy for knees can be performed at OPTIMAL Pain & Regenerative Medicine® as a stem cell alternative to knee replacement.