Knee Pain

Knee pain can affect anyone. However, it is more common in adults, the elderly, and athletes. According to the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP):

  • Nearly 25 percent of adults are affected by knee pain.
  • The prevalence of knee pain has increased by 65 percent in the last 20 years.
  • Approximately four million visits to primary care annually are because of knee pain.
  • Patients that require urgent care generally have symptoms like swelling, severe pain, and instability in bearing their weight on their knees.
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Risk Factors

Though aging can lead to knee pain, other factors that increase the risk of developing this condition are:

  • Excess weight
  • Poor muscle flexibility and strength
  • Previous injuries
  • Playing sports or engaging in occupations that put repetitive stress on the knees

The severity and location of the pain in the knees depend on the underlying cause. However, in most cases, knee pain is accompanied by the following symptoms

  • Stiffness
  • Inflammation
  • Warmth and sensitivity to the touch
  • Instability
  • Crunching and popping noise
  • Difficulty in straightening knees
  • Redness in the affected area

The condition can result from multiple reasons, such as:

  • Wear & tear from everyday activities like standing, lifting, bending, and walking
  • Stress on the knee joints or movements that strain the knees
  • Injuries such as torn cartilage and ruptured ligaments
  • Medical conditions like gout, arthritis, Osgood-Schlatter disease, and infections

However, one of the most common causes of knee pain is Chondromalacia patellae. Here is more about this condition.

Chondromalacia

Chondromalacia is also called the runner’s knee. The condition is characterized by softening and deterioration of the cartilage from the kneecap’s undersurface (patella). Knee bending causes the kneecap’s backside to glide on the cartilage of the thigh bone. The kneecap has ligaments and tendons that attach to the thigh muscle and shinbone. However, improper movement of these components can cause the kneecap to rub against the thigh bone, which deteriorates the patella leading to the runner’s knee/Chondromalacia.

Four grades are designated to the runner’s knee severity. Treatment is designed according to the grading the doctor rates your condition.

Grade 1 is the least severe, indicating cartilage softening

Grade 2 marks the starting of the knee tissue erosion

Grade 3 is characterized by cartilage thinning and active tissue deterioration

Grade 4 is severe and indicates significant cartilage damage and bone exposure

It can affect people from all age groups but mainly occurs in aged individuals with knee arthritis. Chondromalacia is viewed as an overuse sports injury. Hence, it is advisable to rest for a few days to ensure recovery. 

However, it can also develop because of improper knee alignment due to the following:
  • Weak quadriceps and hamstrings
  • Imbalanced muscles
  • Repeated stress on the joints of the knees
  • Trauma or direct blow to the kneecap
  • Poor alignment as a result of a congenital condition
Symptoms of Chondromalacia patellae are grinding sensations as you bend or move your knee. However, the pain worsens during activities like exercising or standing for long hours. It is best to consult a doctor for immediate treatment in such a situation. At Beyond Stem Cells, we specialize in treating knee pain. Our certified doctor will examine your knee to look for tenderness and swelling. Other assessment techniques include applying resistive pressure on the kneecap and carrying tests like X-rays to identify signs of misalignment, arthritis, or bone damage. An MRI scan may follow this to evaluate cartilage condition, and an arthroscopic examination to visualize the knees inside. Based on the assessment, we will grade your situation and customize a treatment plan to alleviate knee pain and facilitate a smooth recovery.

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When the meniscus cartilage raptures due to traumatic injuries or due to age-related wear and tear it is referred to as meniscus tear. Meniscus tear is usually very painful and limiting. The knee will not operate correctly with this type of injury. The meniscus is located at the knee joint. It is a rubbery piece of cartilage that acts as the body’s shock absorber and also acts as a pad to stabilize and protect the knee.

Meniscus tear are of three degrees: severe, moderate and minor. Severe meniscus is when bits of ruptured meniscus enter the knee joint and affects the function of the knee causing a lot of pain. But for minor and moderate meniscus tears, the pain usually disappears after conventional treatment or a few weeks of rest. Those suffering from meniscus tear are increasingly becoming aware of the implications of removing the meniscus though surgical operation, they also prefer not to risk the side effects that come with steroid injections.

The posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) and anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) are both major ligaments providing strength and stability within the knee joint. Ligaments are thick bands of tissue that connect bones. Injuries to these connective tissues are painful, debilitating, and have historically been a challenge to treat and heal. In the past, these kinds of injuries could cause what was considered permanent damage to the knee joints. Traditionally, the most common treatment for torn ligaments in the knee is arthroscopic surgery and reconstruction. Developments in regenerative medicine make effective, natural treatment of PCL and ACL injuries within reach. Procedures like Amniotic Regenerative Cell Therapy offer non-surgical treatment options for those suffering from knee injuries and damage to soft tissues in the joints. Using these cells in concentrated amounts to target the injured area, the body is able to reduce inflammation and heal itself naturally.

Degeneration of the joints can occur in any of the joints in the body, especially those that experience lots of wear and tear. The knees are used in so many daily motions, feeling pain with each movement is debilitating. Joint degeneration generally develops over time, but can suddenly worsen and become more severe and disabling. Cartilage or other soft tissues within the knee joint can begin to dehydrate, deteriorate, or become damaged from some type of injury. These tissues provide a protective cushion between the bones for smooth movement. Once these start to wear down, or degenerate, friction within the joint can lead to inflammation, swelling, bone spurs, and other painful symptoms. Recent developments in Amniotic Regenerative Medicine make it possible to treat degenerative joint conditions naturally, without the need for medications, steroids, or surgery. Amniotic Regenerative Cell Therapy uses these cells to target the damaged and deteriorating tissues. Concentrated amounts of these cells are injected into the affected area, and immediately reduce inflammation and reverse damage and deterioration of tissue.

Amniotic regenerative cell therapy is one of the newest and most cutting-edge therapies for chronic joint pain. Amniotic derived regenerative cell therapy offers patients 3 essential properties for healing and restoring joint health:

  • A high concentration of regenerative cells
  • Hyaluronic Acid for joint lubrication and movement
  • Anti-inflammatory cytokines and cellular growth factors essential for building new joint tissue

Since amniotic derived regenerative cell therapy is not derived from embryonic stem cells or fetal tissue, there are no ethical issues with the treatment. The amniotic regenerative cell therapy consists of an injection directly into the painful area. The therapy has the potential to actually alter the course of the condition and not simply mask the pain. This therapy has significant potential for those in pain, and could actually repair structural problems while treating pain and inflammation simultaneously.

When the amniotic cell material is obtained, it comes from consenting donors who have undergone elective c-sections. The fluid is processed at an FDA regulated lab, and is checked for a full slate of diseases per FDA guidelines. The amniotic material has been used over 60,000 times in the US with no adverse events reported. It acts as an immunologically privileged material, meaning it has NOT been shown to cause any rejection reaction in the body. This means there is no graft versus host problem.

If you’re suffering from Chronic Knee pain, find out if you are a good candidate for Regenerative Cell Therapy. Schedule your free consultation with our specialists today!