The knee joint is known to be the largest joint in our body. This joint is made up of four bones, the Fibula, and Patella (Knee Caps), the Tabia (Shin), and the Femur (Thigh Bone). These joints support the weight of the body, so what happens when the joint that holds your the upper half of your body gets damaged? Your mobility is affected, this includes the walking and running of a person, and of course, if the person feels pains in the knee, it could be a red flag for a knee condition. Stem Cell Restoration is a way to reduce and heal the knee conditions.
What are the knee pains and conditions that can be treated through stem cell restoration?
1. Knee Bursitis
We all have a small jelly-like sack filled with fluids in our knees, this sack is called the bursae/ bursae. The job of a bursa is to be the cushion to help reduce the friction between your bones, tendons, muscles as well as the skin near your joints. There are a total of 11 bursae in our body. If one of these small sacks in our knees are inflamed, it becomes a Knee Bursitis.
The bursa that gets inflamed most of the time is the one located over your kneecap and the one on your inner side of the one, right below your knee joint. With the bursa inflamed, the person with an inflamed bursa experiences pain along the area where the bursa is inflamed. This pain will then result in limited mobility, especially the area over the knees.
Common causes for an inflamed bursa is when a person’s knee is:
- Knees constantly feel pressure such as kneeling on hard surfaces
- Strenuous activities that cause stress on the knees
- Infection of bacteria on the knees
- Knee Gout, Osteoarthritis, and Rheumatoid Arthritis on your knees
Knee bursitis can be treated through invasive Surgical Procedures. One of these is the Aspiration where a needle is inserted into the bursa to draw out the excess fluid in it, which is aimed to reduce the inflammation. However, aspiration can be very painful, and it might swell your knee up. If this happens, the doctor may advise that you wear a knee immobilizer, for the time that your knee is swelling up, to prevent the swelling from getting worse.
Another way of treating Knee Bursitis is through surgery— this is for the severe knee bursitis where the inflamed bursae do not respond to any treatment, and there is no other but to remove the inflamed bursa from the knees.
Also known to many as the simple wear and tear condition of the cartilage along the joints. However, Osteoarthritis is more complicated than simple wear and tear, as it can involve active disease processes. Osteoarthritis does not only occur on the knees as it may also develop on any joints in the body. A person with osteoarthritis may experience the difficulty of doing day-to-day activities such as climbing the stairs or even just walking. This is because people with osteoarthritis feel extreme pain on their knees or on any joints. This is because the cartilage located on the knees slowly wears off over time.
If the cartilage wears off, it becomes rough, and the space that protects the bones wears off. With the cartilage wearing off, the bone on your knees will be rubbing with a bone, which then can cause pain and bone spurs. Bone spurs are small bone growths that develops when cartilage is damaged, and bones are rubbed together with other bones.
This is common for people in their 50s and older. However, that does not guarantee that it won’t affect young people too. It starts out as a minor pain that can be ignored by the person affected, however, over time, the pain builds up and slowly worsens over time.
Signs and Symptoms of Osteoarthritis
The main symptom for osteoarthritis is the pain on the knees, or on any joints in the body. And although pain commonly develops over time, a sudden pain burst may occur too. Other symptoms are:
- Difficulty on straightening or bending the knees due to a swollen and stiff joint.
- Severe pain in the morning or after resting or sitting
- The rain may become severe during a rainy weather
- Pain outburst after a vigorous activity
- A click, creak, or snap can be heard due to the grinding noise from the bones.
Osteoarthritis can be treated through both surgical procedures and non-surgical ones. However, non-surgical treatments focus on making the pain more tolerable, instead of taking actions on the root of the pain. If the pain does not subside even after the non-surgical treatment is applied, then the doctor will advise the person with osteoarthritis to undergo through a surgical procedure. This way, the root of the pain will be removed from the body of the affected person.
Knee Gout is a condition in the body where the knee joint is inflamed. Knee Gout is caused by the formation of urate crystals on your knees. Urate crystals develop when a person has a high level of uric acid in the bloodstream. The human body naturally produces uric acid to break down purines in the body. Purines can also be found on the food we eat such as seafood, steaks, and organ meats or the beverages we drink such as alcoholic beverages and drinks containing fructose (fruit sugar).
So, when a person eats food with high purine level, the body has to release a lot of uric acids to break the purine done. However, when there’s already too much uric acid in the bloodstream, the uric acid is not dissolved. The kidneys are not able to filter it and does not turn into urine. With the uric acid still in the bloodstream, it will build up and will form into sharp crystals resembling a form of a needle around the joint and tissues. These needle-like crystals, also known as Urate Crystals builds up, on a person’s joint, or tissues surrounding the knee area and will cause swelling, inflammation and severe pain on the knees.
This is common among men, but can also happen among women, especially those who are postmenopausal. The urate crystals tend to develop with cool temperatures. Which is why it develops on the parts of the body that gets cold easily such as the hands, knees, and foot.
Signs and Symptoms of Knee Gout
The pain for the person with gouts tends to worsen at night when the body temperature goes down. The skin of the area with gout will appear shiny with firm lumps under the skin. Other symptoms include:
- Redness of the knee
- Knees Swelling
- Severe Pain in the Knees
Although the treatment for the Knee Gout is are not invasive, it only targets to relieve the pain felt from gout, and not eliminate the root of the pain, the urate crystals.
How Stem Cell Therapy Can Help?
Stem Cells are cells in our body that are naturally occurring. It does not have one particular job in your body. However, it can replace the weakened and dead cells in your body and is able to reproduce them. With a regenerative stem cell therapy, the stem cell regeneration on the part where the stem cells are injected is multiplied. This additional stem cells will speed up the process of healing on the injected part.
Which means if Stem Cells are Injected on your knees that either has gout, knee bursitis, and osteoarthritis, the inflammation, swelling, and tears in the cartilage will be healed much faster. Although these conditions can be treated through surgical procedures or relieving the pain felt through taking medications, stem cells for the knees provide a less invasive— pain-free treatment for the person experiencing knee pains.
Although there are a lot of treatment and surgical procedures for the knee pain you’re experiencing, these processes can either be very painful, invasive or can bring up harmful side effects in your body. Stem Cell Therapy is a less invasive treatment and does not bring the body harmful side effects. It is the rising therapy that many people who have endured painful day and nights have to try.