Persistent knee pain can negatively impact quality of life, because it makes simple activities such as walking and sitting difficult. Although surgery was once the primary solution for chronic knee pain, several non-surgical treatments have been explored in recent years, including stem cell therapy. But can stem cell therapy reduce knee pain.
Knee pain may be due to several factors including the aging of the cartilage in the knee over time, as well as conditions such as tendonitis, cysts, and sprains.
What Is Stem Cell Therapy?
Stem cells reside in various parts of the body including the bone marrow and blood, and are responsible for repairing injured tissue. Stem cell therapy harnesses the power of these cells, to promote healing where it’s needed in the body.
The stem cells used for the procedure are harvested from the patient’s own bone marrow, and are usually taken from the hip bone. They are then passed through a centrifuge, and the concentrated cells are subsequently injected into the desired area.
Can Stem Cell Therapy Reduce Knee Pain?
Yes, stem cell therapy can reduce knee pain. Stem cell therapy stimulates the growth of new, healthy tissues that cause the cartilage to start healing. When this happens, the knee pain gradually decreases. The stem cells are harvested from the donor site and then injected into the knee joint, in order to restore normal cartilage function. Most patients notice an improvement within 4-8 weeks of treatment (learn more).