As you get older, the general wear and tear of life starts to take its toll on your body. Many people really start to feel the pain most strongly in their knees. While joint pain is thought of as fairly common as you age, significant and severe pain is not. Talk to an orthopedic expert about your treatment options. Some experts might suggest steroids, or pain injections, while others might quickly decide on surgery. What if there was an option which was less invasive, that could help stop your knee pain and improve mobility?
Discussions around stem cell treatments have been swirling for years. While the practice is certainly growing, many experts are quick to point out that results from stem cells are purely anecdotal and there isn’t enough long-term research to support it definitively. That’s because stem cell treatments for knee pain haven’t been approved by the FDA yet. That doesn’t mean anything negative, necessarily, it just means it’s not regulated; you need to be very careful where you get stem cell treatment.
If you do find a reputable location that has extensive experience in stem cell injections, discuss your options. Some experts swear that it can help osteoarthritis pain, or be the first step to try before a knee replacement. While your doctor can’t definitively say that stem cell treatment will work for your knee pain, many agree that there is minimal risk with trying the injection as an option to treat knee pain, especially before deciding on invasive surgery.
So, how does it work? The practice of using stem cells to treat knee pain involve injections of the stem cells, either taken from your body or from a donor, into your knee. These cells are typically taken from your own fat tissue or bone marrow.
What should you ask your doctor? The most important red flag is talking to your doctor about their preferred method of gathering stem cells. If they are coming from a donor, keep in mind that the FDA does require it to be tested extensively for diseases. If it is coming from your own bone marrow or adipose fat, as many doctors say is a quick and simple procedure, you have less to worry about.
To learn more about stem cell treatment, especially if you are considering treatment for knee pain, call the orthopedic experts at Tarpon Orthopedics at (972) 596-1059 today .You can also make an appointment at one of our locations in West Plano, North Plano, or Addison, Texas using our online form.