Searching for a knee pain doctor in Jacksonville Fl? Unfortunately, people think their only option is going to somebody who will want to do surgery. This is no longer the case.
Why? Because stem cell therapy is an innovative and promising therapeutic treatment option for knee pain and other joint and ligament conditions affecting Jacksonville, FL residents like yourself.
Are you suffering from cartilage degeneration, chronic knee pain or osteoarthritis? Don’t suffer needlessly or risk expensive and invasive surgery. Consider knee stem cell therapy as a way to help gain back the quality of life and mobility you once had.
Who knows, you might be back on your favorite Jacksonville, tennis court or golf course before you know it!
But is Stem Cell Therapy Effective for Issues with your Knees?
This alternative to surgical solutions has shown potential to be an impressive long-term solution to a knee and other joint pain and associated underlying issues.
That said, for some Jacksonville, FL residents it might not be the right course of action. At Regenerative Medicine of North Florida, we take the time to understand your symptoms and utilize state of the art diagnostics to uncover underlying causes of your condition.
Our experienced and caring doctors will discuss the circumstances of your injury or chronic condition, exampling painful or symptom-prone areas and review diagnostic imaging (when necessary) in order to make an individualized recommendation specific to your situation and body.
Our doctor may discuss with you various studies or applications that have shown significant improvement in reducing knee pain and improving knee cartilage health and regeneration following various stem cell treatments and how those may be applicable to your issues.
How Does Knee Stem Cell Therapy Work?
Think of stem cells as the “construction workers” of your body’s own natural repairing and regeneration mechanism. When something gets broken or damaged, either due to overuse, injury or disease, stem cells (in some cases) have the ability to repair and heal that damaged tissue without the need for surgery.
In fact, regeneration by way of stem cells is one of the primary healing mechanisms found naturally in the body. As it relates to knee tissues however, natural stem cell healing can be a challenge for your body.
Knee and surrounding tissues such as joint cartilage and the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) get little in the way of blood supply. This means that your body isn’t as capable of adequately delivering stem cells and other nutrients to those areas in order to initiate natural healing.
However, with regenerative medicine, we are able to give your body a helping hand as it were, by delivering a hefty dose of regenerative stem cells directly into the area in need by way of a simple injection.
By doing so, these stem cells can get to work right where needed, helping to promote the repair and healing of degenerative cartilage, damaged or partially torn tendons, and more. All of which can improve mobility, restore function, and reduce or eliminate pain.
What are the Advantages of Stem Cell Regenerative Therapy Over Other Treatment Options?
Regenerative therapies offer a number of benefits over surgical or other treatment options for those that are a good fit for the procedure.
Some of these benefits include:
- Minimally Invasive Procedure: performed “in office” with no required overnight hospital stays and causing minimal tissue damage.
- Speedy Recovery: Ability to return to work within 24-48 hours and usually does not require the need for braces or other types of supportive assistance.
- Return to Higher Impact Activities Fast: within 4-6 weeks most patients are able to return to sports and other vigorous activities
- All-Natural: Stem cells come from and are found naturally throughout the human body, with treatment helping to trigger and support your own built-in healing mechanism.
- Affordable: though stem cell therapy isn’t covered by insurance, the overall “opportunity cost” may be less than the actual surgery. For example, not only do you bypass deductibles, but you also are able to get back to work and earning a paycheck faster, or get back to spending time with your children or grandchildren sooner. And you can’t put a price tag on that.
- Involves Less Medications: Requires little to no post-procedure pain killers or other drugs.
This Sounds Interesting – What is the procedure like?
Unlike risky and invasive major surgeries, stem cell therapy is a simpler and less intensive treatment option for those Jacksonville, FL residents that are a good fit.
During the procedure, your doctor will mark the area of the knee for treatment and will inject concentrated cord stem cells into the tissue. The process can be completed very quickly. Often it is less than a half hour.
Preparing for Your Procedure
How you prepare for your procedure may be dependent upon your unique situation. As such, it is advisable to ask questions as to what you should or shouldn’t do to prepare for the big day.
For example, avoiding anti-inflammatory drugs (over the counter or prescription) is usually advisable for up to two weeks prior to the date of your procedure.
At Regenerative Medicine of North Florida, we always take the time to answer all of your questions and make sure you are fully prepared for every step of this journey together.
Our patient-centric approach ensures you’re always informed and comfortable.
What Should I Expect Post-Procedure?
One of the great things for those in Jacksonville seeking regenerative therapeutic options is that stem cell treatments are almost always done as an outpatient treatment.
For most individuals, they can be back out on the Jacksonville streets for their brisk morning walk or participating in any low-impact activities soon after the procedure.
That said, a small number of people may notice mild discomfort, swelling or pain for the first 48-72 hours or so post-treatment. From that point, you should experience a gradual decline in discomfort and will be able to resume any other daily activities as usual.
Always heed the advice of the doctor or nurse practitioner for your unique situation. They know your body best. That said, below are some general guidelines and restrictions you may be advised to follow after your operation:
- Avoid high-impact or heavy use of your knee for the first 14 days
- Pay attention to how your knee feels as you ease back into regular activity
- Avoid anti-inflammatory medications for up to two weeks post procedure
- For 24-48 hours post procedure take it easy and rest as much as possible
- Both walking and cardio are allowed from weeks 3-4 onward
- After 30 days you may resume running and weight lifting as permitted
Let’s look a little closer at your knee and how stem cell therapy for knee pain may be a great option for you.
The Healthy Human Knee
Your knee is a complex joint comprised of a load-bearing hinge. This hinge relies heavily on proximal surrounding ligaments, musculature, and connective tissues for both stability and function.
In case its been a while since biology class at Jacksonville High, let’s recap below…
Human Knee Components:
- The Femur (thigh bone)
- Tibia (top of your shin)
- Patella (kneecap)
The aforementioned bones above are kept together by both ligaments and tendons and separated by an absorptive layer of smooth articular cartilage that aids with shock absorption.
The associated cartilage comprises both the medial and lateral meniscus, allowing the bones to roll and glide smoothly over each other with very little friction or resistance.
What Can Go Wrong With your Knee?
Unfortunately, a lot. Especially if you’ve happened to have put yours through years of high impact wear and tear (such as with sports).
But even if you treat your knee with care and kindness throughout the years that doesn’t mean that you too won’t be susceptible to issues.
Everything from hormonal changes, to genetics and weight gain, can take a toll on your knees. Not to mention the natural degradation that generally comes with aging.
Hey, no one ever said getting old was easy right?
The two most commonly treated issues Jacksonville patients see us about include:
- Chronic pain (often due to overuse, cartilage degeneration or arthritis)
- Acute knee injuries or strains
Common Issues of the Knee – an overview
Torn Meniscal Cartilage – damage that occurs as a result of a tear in the cartilage that is located along the top of the tibia, allowing the femur to slide when the joint moves. This type of injury is often the result of a sudden stopping or abrupt twisting motion, causing the end of the femur to grind into the top of the tibia. This motion can tear or pinch the cartilage of the meniscus causing injury and is often seen as a result of athletic activities.
Damaged ACL Anterior Cruciate – ACL injuries refer to those that cause a sprain or tear of what is called the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL for short). These injuries are most often seen as a result of sports activities and often brought on by sudden changes in direction, stopping of motion, jumping or landing. One notable characteristic is that many individuals will notice or hear a “pop” in the knee when the injury occurs. Following this “popping” noise, the knee may swell, feel unbalanced or be painful to bear weight on. There are a tremendous about of ACL surgeries and people are often looking for alternatives to help avoid ACL surgery. Stem cell therapy is a great option.
Damaged Posterior Cruciate Ligament PCL – Damage to the posterior cruciate (PCL) is less common than that to its anterior counterpart, yet just as serious. The PCL in combination with the ACL connects your femur (thighbone) to your tibia (shinbone). Tears can cause instability, pain, and swelling.
Collateral Ligament Injuries – Located along the outside of your knee joint, the collateral ligaments aid in connecting the bones of your lower and upper leg on the inside of your knee joint. When damaged, the lateral (LCL) or medial (MCL) ligaments can cause pain and instability, allowing your knee joint to slide too far to the left or right. These injuries are often seen as a result of those activities that involve twisting.
Articular Cartilage Defects – Similar to other joints or “articulations”, those of the knee joint including the femur, tibia, and patella, are covered with a smooth, highly durable lining called “articular cartilage”. This cartilage has both unique physical and biochemical properties that allow your knee joint to move virtually frictionless (much in the same way two sheets of ice would glide over each other). Articular cartilage defects are a common condition affecting the knee joint of many Jacksonville residents. These defects are a main contributing factor to a condition known as osteoarthritis (OA) or degenerative arthritis in the knee joint.
Swollen or Inflamed Synovial Membrane –arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis cause synovial membranes to become thickened and inflamed, causing both pain and swelling. Long term this condition can even cause deformity of the joint itself.
Arthritis – arthritis affects millions of individuals all across Jacksonville and the United States. Arthritis causes pain, stiffness, swelling, and inflammation of the knee joint, making everyday activities such as climbing the stairs and walking a challenge. We get asked all of the time if stem cell therapy can help arthritis? The answer is ‘it depends’. But the only way to discover if you’re a candidate is to have a consultation.
Ready to Learn More?
Don’t suffer from pain, discomfort or decreased mobility of your knees. Whether due to acute injury, overuse, or degenerative conditions, Regenerative Medicine of North Florida is here to help.
Our talented team of regenerative medicine specialists will evaluate your situation and can quickly assess whether or not you’d be a good candidate for stem cell treatments.
From your first call to post-treatment care and follow up, you’ll be treated like family. Because to us, you are.
Call or drop us a message today and find out why so many Jacksonville, FL residents turn to us for help with knee pain and discomfort. Even if you’re still in the ‘searching phase’ and you just need some answers to questions. We are happy to answer questions for you. Give us a call.