Torn Meniscus Stem Cell Treatment
Is your knee swollen, stiff, and slow to straighten? You may have torn your meniscus. That’s the C-shaped piece of cartilage that cushions your shinbone from your thighbone like a shock absorber and distributes weight across your knee joint. This very common knee injury has traditionally been treated with surgery to remove frayed cartilage and tissue, often leaving them vulnerable to further damage in the future.
Our stem cell product may target the root cause of your pain by stimulating your body to regenerate its own damaged cells.
Physicians have been using stem cell injections to regenerate the meniscuses of professional athletes for over 20 years. Introducing mesenchymal stem cells into torn cartilage may stimulate the patient’s own cells’ regenerative properties, helping to repair the injury, relieve pain, and promote healthy new cell growth.
Don’t allow a torn meniscus to degenerate your knee stability and range of movement , or even develop into osteoarthritis.
You’ll know your meniscus is probably torn when you consistently feel the following symptoms:
- swelling or stiffness
- a popping sensation
- pain, especially when twisting or rotating your knee
- difficulty straightening your knee fully
- knee locking with limited mobility
Whenever you suddenly and forcefully twist or rotate, aggressively pivot, or stop and turn your knee, you risk tearing your meniscus. Kneeling, deep squatting, or heavy lifting can also cause a tear. Athletes who play contact sports like football, basketball, tennis, soccer, or lacrosse, as well as runners who jog on uneven terrain, are at a higher risk for a meniscus tear. The degenerative changes that come with aging can also cause a torn meniscus with little or no trauma.
According to the Journal of Orthopedic and Sports Physical Therapy, more than 850,000 meniscal tears are treated each year in the US, making it one of the most common athletic injuries. While surgery is typically used to repair these injuries, its failure rate is enough to discourage many patients from choosing it. Stem cell injection may treat pain and immobility without the need for painful or risky surgery.
First, your provider will give you a physical exam and discuss your symptoms, medical history, and any medications you’re taking. Special attention will be given to your symptoms’ duration, severity, and intervals. Your provider will also examine the spot along your joint where your meniscus lies and test your range of motion.
Performing a McMurray test is a common and effective way of confirming or ruling out a medial or lateral meniscal tear. Your practitioner will ask you to lie down on an exam table and flex your knee as far as you can, then relax it. He or she will then grasp your ankle while palpating and rotating your lower leg internally and externally and extending the knee. If you hear a “click” while your knee is rotating and extending, you’ve likely torn your meniscus.
If these exams are inconclusive (potentially because of the size or position of the tear) magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) can produce detailed images of all your knee’s soft tissues and determine whether your damage extends beyond the meniscus.
Injured cells in your skin, bones, muscles, ligaments, tendons, and connective joints send out signals. Stem cells respond to those signals, migrating to the injured tissue and release proteins that nourish and stimulate your own cells’ regeneration process.
Once your provider injects them, these stem cells dock next to your damaged cells and release growth factors, cytokines, and chemokines which then may:
- activate T-cells to secrete proteins
- open your blood vessels and form new ones
- move cells out of your blood vessels and into the tissues surrounding them
- stimulate your cells to regenerate your tissue
- inhibit your inflammation
- regulate your immune system
Usually, pain relief begins immediately after treatment. Regeneration time varies depending on your age, genetics, general health, injury severity and your ability to follow post-treatment care instructions, along with your rehabilitation program to strengthen affected areas.