The Pain Relief Institute offers the most advanced options for knee pain therapy including stem cell recruitment and Zilretta. Read on to learn how this condition arises and how we can help you.
Knee Pain and Stem Cell Recruitment
What Causes Knee Pain?
There are many causes of the knee pain that affects thousands of people of all ages each and every day in this country. These include:
Osteoarthritis. The leading type of arthritis seen by doctors, osteoarthritis is a chronic condition that is marked by the deterioration of bone and ligaments in the affected area. Larger joints are most susceptible, including the knees.
Rheumatoid arthritis. This painful condition occurs when body’s own immune system attacks its own cells, primarily the synovium, which is the membrane lining all joints. When this lining breaks down, the bones rub together and cause pain, with knee issues being a frequent result.
Juvenile arthritis. When symptoms of arthritis occur at age 16 or younger, it is referred to as juvenile arthritis. There are several different types, and the knees are one of the most commonly affected areas, especially in those under the age of 16. Knee pain relief can be harder to achieve in the very young so special care is needed, which is exactly what you get at Pain Relief Institute.
Gout. This type of arthritis occurs when there is excess uric acid, which is a bodily waste product. High levels can accumulate in the joints and cause inflammation and pain. It usually starts in the feet and knees and then spreads if not addressed.
Reactive arthritis. Because this is a chronic form of arthritis, it is often systemic in nature and often starts after there is an illness or injury affecting the genital, urinary, or gastrointestinal system. Since it affects joints and organs throughout the body, you are likely to feel it in the form of knee pain.
Lyme disease. Caused by the bite of a tick that carried the bacterium B. burgdorferi, Lyme disease is feared by hikers and nature lovers and can cause widespread pain and swelling in the joints. The knee is usually the first body part attacked by the disease.
Lupus. Also known as systemic lupus erythematosus, this is a devastating chronic autoimmune disease where the body attacks its own healthy cells, tissues, and organs. It causes swelling in the joints of the body and can lead to organ failure.
Ankylosing spondylitis. Though this is typically seen as a condition that affects the spine and spinal cord, some people, especially younger individuals, see the pain and swelling start in the knee rather than the spine.
Psoriatic arthritis. This variety of arthritis takes its name for the fact that it accompanies the skin disease psoriasis. The skin condition often appears before the joints begin to be affected, but in rare cases, it is the other way around.
Infectious arthritis. Known in the medical community as septic arthritis, this disease is a form of arthritis caused by an infection that gets into the bloodstream and then lands in the joints and attacks tissue and bones.
There are other examples of joint diseases and factors that can lead to knee pain, and for all of them, in the past, most of the treatment options were limited to pain medications, therapies, and surgeries that cost thousands of dollars and often produced minimal results. But today, many patients are finding relief through stem cell recruitment for knee pain.
Knee Pain, Regenerative Medicine, and Stem Cell Recruitment
Regenerative medicine is an outgrowth of translational research in tissue engineering and molecular biology. It offers the promise of restoring damaged tissue by promoting new growth. In the case of knee pain, this means the individual’s knee stops hurting because the cause of the pain has been repaired.
One of the most promising avenues of regenerative medicine, and one we have a great deal of experience with here at the Pain Relief Institute, is stem cell recruitment. Stem cell recruitment has proved useful for addressing a variety of complaints including joint, tendon, ligament, and muscle damage, which means it can often prove therapeutic for knee pain.
Stem cells are “undifferentiated” cells. This means they can renew themselves through cell division and have the potential to develop into many different kinds of cell that the body needs. Thus, when a therapeutic procedure called stem cell infusion applies them to a damaged area, they can promote healing through the growth of healthy new tissue and thus provide stem cell therapy for pain.
At the Pain Relief Institute, we provide stem cell recruitment therapy via stem cell amniotic fluid injection.
Knee Pain, Stem Cell Recruitment, and Stem Cell Amniotic Fluid Injection
Amniotic fluid is the clear yellow fluid that surrounds a fetus in the uterus. It performs many functions to protect the growing baby including cushioning from outside pressures, temperature control, and infection control, but for our purposes, what’s important about it is that it provides a source of mesenchymal (embryonic) stem cells. Embryonic stems cells are pluripotent, which means they can develop into any kind of cell. From a therapeutic perspective, that makes them more broadly useful than stem cells derived from adult tissue, which can only develop into different cell types related to the tissue of origin.
The mesenchymal cells are obtained at the time of a Caesarian birth without risk to baby or mother and with the mother’s consent. They then form the basis for therapy via stem cell amniotic fluid injection, a one-day procedure that provides an alternative to invasive surgery with its lengthy recovery time. At the Pain Relief Institute, stem cell amniotic fluid injection therapy is accomplished through the use of PalinGen®and its sister product Inovoflo.
Knee Pain, Stem Cell Recruitment, PalinGen®, and PalinFlo®
PalinGen® and Inovoflo are products of advanced regenerative medicine. Made up of amniotic fluid components, they provide an abundance of cytokines, nutrients, and growth factors and anti-microbial, anti-inflammatory, and regenerative properties. Donors are extensively screened to make sure they’re healthy, and there’s no risk of rejection because the chorion that has been known to trigger an antigen response is removed during processing.
Knee Pain and Zilretta
The Pain Relief Institute is also proud to offer knee pain therapy via Zilretta. Zilretta is the first and only FDA-approved treatment for knee pain due to osteoarthritis.
Zilretta uses cutting-edge medical technology to gradually release non-opioid pain medication into a patient’s system over a period lasting up to three months. Thus the individual obtains relief from knee pain and is able to engage in normal activities without discomfort for an extended period of time.’
In a clinical study, 70% of subjects reported zero to mild knee pain after 12 weeks of treatment with Zilretta.
Laser Therapy for Knee Pain
Additionally, the Pain Relief Institute offers MLS laser therapy for knee pain. This is a safe, non-invasive pain management technique that uses low-level laser therapy to reduce pain and inflammation. By targeting specific areas of the body, it encourages healing and regeneration and reduces pain and irritation in the treated area. Whether stem cell recruitment, Zilretta, or laser therapy turns out to be the therapy of choice for your knee pain, we invite you to contact the Pain Relief Institute today. We can help you.