Along with ligaments, muscles, and tendons, menisci are the soft tissue structures that stabilize and cushion the knee joint. Meniscus are tough, rubbery wedge-shaped pieces of cartilage that act as “shock absorbers” between the thighbone and shinbone.
There are two menisci in the knee – one is on the inside and is called the medial meniscus, and the other rests on the outside of the knee. This is called the lateral meniscus.
Athletes are particularly prone to a torn meniscus, but the injury can also happen during daily activities that involve heavy lifting or deep squats or knee bends that place undue pressure on the knee area. Getting older can also increase the risk of a meniscus tear due to the ongoing wear and tear on the knee over the years.
People who play contact sports – such as tackle football – are at risk for meniscal tears. Anyone is susceptible, though. A meniscus tear is most often caused by traumatic injury or degenerative disease, such as osteoarthritis. The movement that causes the tear is when the knee joint is bent (such as in a squatting position) and the knee is then twisted.
Stem cell therapy is a safe, non-invasive alternative to traditional surgery, and SmartChoice® Stem Cell Institute’s Dr. Garg M.D. is one of the select physicians to offer it in the U.S. His stem cell procedures involve the use of adult stem cells from the patient’s own body, resulting in repair, regeneration and healing of tissue for a wide range of conditions and injuries.
What are the symptoms?
Symptoms of a torn meniscus include knee pain; stiffness or swelling of the knee; tenderness; popping or clicking within the knee; catching or locking of the knee; and/or limited range of motion of the knee joint.
PRP and Stem Cell Treatments can help:
Most times athletes are told that they need orthopedic surgery to fix their meniscus injuries. But surgery is not the answer for most of the sports injuries, and may actually never help you regain your performance to the level you were prior to the injury.
As alternatives to the meniscus surgery, SmartChoice® Procedures may help alleviate joint pain, arthritis and other sports injuries that caused it with a simple office injection procedure. We encourage the patients to walk the same day and most experience almost no downtime after our procedures whatsoever.
Recent research studies also strongly support the benefit of stem cell treatments as alternative to surgery for meniscus injuries.
Dr. Garg has experience working with professional and amateur athletes from different sports to increase their performance with this unique and individualized health and wellness program. He has worked with professional athletes like former number one PGA Tour Golfer, several NFL players, many Tennis and baseball athletes and athletes from various other sports.
Surgery vs. Stem Cell Therapy
More than rest and natural healing is typically required for a meniscus tear that results in ongoing knee pain and the inability to move your knee in its normal fashion. The traditional solution to more severe tears has long been surgery, but medical advancements have made stem cell therapy a beneficial option.
Traditional surgery involves removing some or all of the torn meniscus. While the procedure, known as a meniscectomy, does remove the damaged area, it also removes some of your knee’s ability to absorb shock. Taking away even a portion of the meniscus additionally decreases your overall stability.
Because you no longer enjoy the full amount of protection your meniscus offered, your knee becomes subjected to excessive wear and tear. The excessive wear on your knee cartilage can eventually lead to its degeneration and, eventually, osteoarthritis in your knee.
Instead of removing the torn meniscus, stem cell therapy aims to repair it. Stem cells from your own body are injected into the injured knee area, where they grow, differentiate, and assist with the healing of the meniscus.
Researchers from Japan’s Hiroshima University have undertaken studies that transplanted stem cells from the tibia to the torn meniscus in rats, resulting in the healing of the meniscus. Their results were promising enough for them to predict stem cell therapy would eventually outshine surgery as the go-to clinical procedure used to treat a tear in the meniscus. At SmartChoice® Stem Cell Institute, it already has.
Other Stem Cell Therapy Benefits
In addition to the chances of succumbing to knee degeneration and osteoarthritis, surgery comes with a number of risks not found with stem cell therapy. Most surgeries involve the use of a general anesthesia and its potential side effects, whereas stem cell therapy uses a local anesthesia to numb the affected area.
Recuperation after traditional surgery can be lengthy and fraught with the risk of infection. Stem cell therapy often has patients ready to return to work within a week or less, without the scarring or infection risk that comes with an invasive surgical incision.
And if you are considering a knee, hip or other joint surgery for your sports injury, you might want to learn about how the adult stem cells and PRP procedures stack up against these risky Orthopedic surgeries.
For more information on how stem cell therapy can help your torn meniscus, contact SmartChoice® Stem Cell Institute today by calling 1-888-434-6841 or visiting us online at SmartChoiceStemCell.com.
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