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Articles and research on using your own stem cells to treat advanced conditions of osteoarthritis and joint pain.
Over the years we have seen many patients following knee replacement surgery who still had knee pain. What we see in our practice agrees with what medical research is saying – knee replacement surgery offers a lot of hope to some patients and they have high expectations of what their new knee will offer them. In some cases patient expectations are not met and pain continues. Can Stem Cell Therapy help patients following knee replacement and continued pain?
Stem Cell Therapy alternatives to Spinal Surgery
In our practice we often see patients who are in severe back pain with an MRI, X-ray and/or scan that shows an inaccurate picture to determining a treatment plan. For instance, a patient can have muscle spasm from a simple back strain which can cause excruciating pain and may limit one’s ability to walk or even stand. Conversely, a large herniated disc may be completely painless. Yet that large herniated disc will send the patient for a surgery.
Marc Darrow, MD explains Platelet Rich Plasma for Knee Osteoarthritis
Many patients come into our office with confusing recommendations from doctors for their knee problems. Below is what doctors are saying to each other in research that appeared in a leading medical journal: “Osteoarthritis of the knee is a complex interaction of biological, mechanical, and biochemical factors that are further complicated by injury, which accelerates pathological processes within the joint. As a result, athletes, particularly those with a history of knee injury, have an earlier onset and higher prevalence of osteoarthritis that would be expected based on their age. This can present a clinical dilemma to the physician managing the patient who, despite the presence of radiologically confirmed disease, has few symptoms and wishes to maintain an active lifestyle.” (1).
Stem cell treatments for back pain
Recent research published in the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery looked at the reasons and likelihood that a patient would need a second spinal surgery for stenosis. One thing that they noted was that the need for revision surgery declined but not because the first surgery was successful but because the second proceedure was thought too risky! “The likelihood of repeat surgery for spinal stenosis declined with increasing age and comorbidity (other symptoms), perhaps because of concern for greater risks.” 1
Spinal surgery after the failed spinal surgery – what are the options?
We long talk of the need for conservative treatments in problems of the spine. We also talk about why Stem cells, Prolotherapy, Platelet Rich Plasma therapy should be considered first before deciding on a complicated spinal surgery. But what about the patient who already had spinal surgery and did not see the results hoped for? Should they opt for the second surgery? Again, in our opinion, more conservative approaches should be explored first.
Sacroiliac joint dysfunction treatment
One of the most common causes of low back pain that we see in our office is the pain caused by the sacroiliac joint (SI). Typically a patient will come in after visiting a physician who’s sacroiliac joint dysfunction treatment plan was to prescribe NSAIDS or provide a cortisone injection. They may have also visited a chiropractor, a physical therapist,and a massage therapist. All obviously with limited results. Those who come with an MRI will usually provide a film showing a herniation between the L5 and S1 vertebrae and a prognosis of impending surgery. But is it the joint itself causing the pain?
Research on hip and knee replacement
Providing an alternative to a joint replacement surgery keeps our office filled every day. We see patients almost every day already on a waiting for a joint replacement. They have it scheduled, the doctor has told them they need it, they tell them they have bone on bone arthritis; the cartilage has worn down, etc.