Countless numbers of people suffer from knee pain on a daily basis. When this pain is due to cartilage loss causing the bone to rub against bone, the condition is called osteoarthritis. Until recently, treatments for knee pain secondary to osteoarthritis has been limited.
Every year, ~700,000 meniscus surgeries have been performed. However, it’s been shown in major studies that the removal of the MCL ligament is not only no better than a placebo but that it can also lead to osteoarthritis.
And what’s worse, the treatment for osteoarthritis is often knee replacement.
Wait! You’re telling me that an MCL tear starts you down a slippery slope toward knee replacement.
Answer: Yes! That is the gist of what the research has shown.
Medications alone, such as NSAIDS and narcotics, provide temporary, often incomplete relief and can have unwanted side effects such as over-sedation and stomach
Injections of steroid and artificial joint fluid, such as Synvisc and Hyalgan, may prove beneficial, but relief is usually temporary. And just recently, steroid injections have been shown to eat away at cartilage.
PRP, or platelet-rich plasma, on the other hand, has been shown to help the area regrow at the point of the MCL tears, leading to a more natural type of healing.
There are several surgical options ranging from microfracture to total knee replacement are intended to offer more definitive, longer-term relief from arthritic knee pain. These procedures, however, often fall short of their promised pain relief.
Pain after knee surgery can be significant and result in a prolonged recovery period. While microfracture’s recovery is less than that of knee surgery pain, its cartilage growth is often minimal and short lived.
Autologous mesenchymal stem cell therapy is an exciting alternative to knee replacement surgery. Unlike any of the procedures mentioned above, this procedure regrows cartilage and results in reduced knee pain. There are several successful case studies in the literature can attest to this.
To learn more about this and other orthopedic procedures involving stem cells, please contact Centeno-Schultz Clinic, the home of