Knee pain can be indicative of a number of conditions, one of which is chondromalacia patellae. This condition is typically earmarked by an aching, dull pain in the front area of your knee, a pain that often worsens when you kneel, squat, use stairways or sit with your knee bent for a prolonged period.
In lieu of surgery, the condition can often be treated with a safe, natural and effective method of adult stem cell and platelet rich plasma. As one of the few physicians offering these advanced treatments, SmartChoice® Stem Cell Institute’s Dr. Garg has extensive experience using stem cell and platelet injections to treat a number of conditions and injuries.
Chondromalacia patellae explained
Chondromalacia patellae which is sometimes also referred to as patellofemoral pain syndrome can result from either acute or sudden impact or from a long standing overuse injury. Acute injuries normally occur when the front of the knee cap suffers an impact, such as falling directly onto it, or being hit from the front. This results is small tears or roughening of the cartilage. In overuse cases, the cause of the damage is usually repetitive rubbing of part of the cartilage against the underlying bone.
The condition has been associated with a number of factors. These include overuse, or putting excessive strain on the joint; poor area muscle control that doesn’t properly keep your kneecap aligned or even a fracture, dislocation, or other type of injury or trauma to the knee area.
The risk of the condition may also increase with age or gender, with women typically suffering from chondromalacia patellae more frequently than men. The theory is that women’s wider hips increase the angle at which the bones meet at the knee. Certain sports may also contribute to the condition, particularly those that involve running, jumping, squatting or otherwise excessively stress the knee joints.
Cartilage is meant to act as your knee’s natural shock absorber. When is damaged to the point of no longer being able to adequately absorb shock, pain is frequently the result.
Surgery has traditionally been used to correct the condition, with choices typically including arthroscopy or realignment. Arthroscopy involves the use of a thin device equipped with a light and camera lens known as an arthroscope. The arthroscope is inserted into the knee area, allowing surgeons to remove damaged cartilage and fragments. Realignment surgery is generally reserved for more severe cases. Here the kneecap’s angle is realigned in the hopes of relieving pressure on the damaged cartilage.
Knee surgeries entail a high cost and usually require several months of rehabilitation. These invasive procedures also come with a risk of infection. They are also used more for extensive damage to the cartilage, and not always a viable option if the cartilage damage is less severe.
Stem cell treatments
Stem cell therapy can be a much more attractive, cost-effective and overall viable option for treating chrondromalacia patellae. Dr. Garg would first perform an examination of the area, along with an X-ray or MRI to help determine the severity and location of damage and pain. If stem cell therapy is an option, the SmartChoice® procedure is done in the office on an outpatient basis.
The procedure involves the injection of the patient’s own adult stem cells and platelet-rich plasma (PRP) into the knee area to prompt the body’s own natural healing abilities. The most common used stem cells for orthopedic healing are the mesenchymal and hematopoietic stem cells. Both can help with tissue regeneration and the rebuilding of damaged cartilage associated with chondromalacia patellae.
Safe and effective, SmartChoice® procedures carry almost no risk of infection and result in very little downtime. In fact, most patients are encouraged to walk the same day they undergo the procedure. Healing time is typically rapid, and the results can be remarkable.
To find out if stem cell therapy is right for you, please contact our office today at 904-997-6100. Or visit us at SmartChoiceStemCell.com to learn more about our out-patient, non-surgical procedures to treat your sports injury or arthritis.