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Does Stem Cell Therapy Help Arthritic Knees?
By: California Center of Longevity & Functional Medicine on May 1, 2019
This article looks at how new methods of Stem Cell Therapy may help those with pain in the knees due to arthritic conditions.
Pain, stiffness and swelling in the knee are all earmarks of arthritis, and those who suffer from the painful condition know how uncomfortable and difficult it can make daily activities.
Of the more than 100 forms of arthritis, 3 tend to affect your knee(s) most often. These are osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and posttraumatic arthritis.
Osteoarthritis is caused by degeneration of the cartilage in the knee. In other words, osteoarthritis of the knee is essentially the result of 'wear-and-tear' over the years. Primarily affecting men and women in Los Angeles over the age of 50, osteoarthritis may lead to the development of bone spurs, as the protective cartilage between the bones of the knee wears away.
Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic, autoimmune disease, which leads the membrane covering the knee joint to swell. Like all autoimmune diseases, those suffering from rheumatoid arthritis have an immune system which attacks its own tissues.
Posttraumatic arthritis of the knee is arthritis that results after an injury. For this reason, many athletes and former athletes in Los Angeles who suffered knee injuries will develop posttraumatic arthritis in the knee. Those who develop posttraumatic arthritis are also susceptible to tears of the meniscus and ligaments surrounding the knee.
Can Anything Be Done for Arthritis in the Knee?
If you suffer from knee arthritis, take comfort in knowing that there are many potential treatments for arthritis. Treatments for arthritis of the knee may involve a combination of lifestyle modifications, such as losing weight, or modifying exercise routines (substituting low impact activities for high impact activities), to icing/heating, and using over the counter medication to, to alternative treatments, or ultimately surgery. However, of all treatments for knee arthritis, some of the most promising non-surgical, natural treatments for knee arthritis is autologous stem cell therapy and PRP injections.
What are the Latest Treatments for Knee Pain?
Stem cell therapy and Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) injections are two of the latest treatments for knee pain. Stem cell therapy and PRP injections for knee pain caused by arthritis both help to stimulate healing of injured ligaments, menisci, and tendons, to promote normal function of the knee and stop the progression of knee arthritis. Stem cell therapy can even help promote regeneration of cartilage.
Both stem cell therapy and PRP injections can be performed in a regular office visit to the California Center of Longevity & Functional Medicine in Woodland Hills. Because both stem cell therapy and PRP injections utilize your body's own cells and plasma, these treatments are more natural to your own body. These are also minimally invasivetreatments, and studies have shown that patients who receive these injection therapies report reduction in pain. Better yet, the injections are rarely painful, and side effects from stem cell therapy or PRP injections are minimal.
Stem Cell Therapy & PRP Injections for Knee Arthritis in Woodland Hills
If you've been suffering from knee arthritis, regenerative stem cell therapy and PRP injections may be the solution you've been looking for. Dr. Allan Kurtz,Founder ofthe California Center for Longevity &Regenerative Medicine is pleased to offer ultrasound guided stem cell therapy and PRP injections for knee arthritis to men and women in Woodland Hills and surrounding areas.
Schedule a consultation today by calling 818.346.1440
Fellowship trained in Integrative and Functional Medicine, Dr. Allan Kurtz is a member of the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine and The Institute for Functional Medicine. He is fellowship trained in Stem Cell Therapies. As founder of the California Center of Longevity & Functional Medicine and the Heart Attack and Stroke Prevention Center of Southern California in Woodland Hills, Dr. Kurtz focuses his practice on functional, preventative, and regenerative medicine. Visit www.californiacenteroflongevitymedicine.com, or call 818.346.1440