Your knees carry a whole lot of pressure. These complex joints — made up of bones, ligaments, and muscles — carry the weight of your upper body, and they have to move in a variety of ways to allow you to stand, sit, run, and bend.
It’s no surprise that knees can be vulnerable to injury or that an injured or damaged knee can be a real hassle during a long recovery period.
At Synergy Rehabilitation & Wellness Center in Scottsdale, Arizona, our goal is to accelerate your healing and get you back on your feet as soon as possible.
That’s why Anthony Lee, MD, and his expert care team often recommend regenerative medicine as part of the process of recovering from a knee injury.
With regenerative medicine, we can take advantage of your body’s natural healing capabilities, and step up the pace of your recovery.
Whether you’ve suffered a recent injury or are living with a degenerative condition like arthritis, regenerative medicine can relieve your pain and restore your knee joints.
The benefits of PRP for knee problems
Your body naturally produces platelets as one of the components of your blood. The platelets trigger your body’s natural healing processes. Boosting the quantity of platelets around an injured area can help to accelerate natural healing.
When you come in for regenerative medicine treatment with platelet-rich plasma (PRP), we start by taking a sample of your blood. You don’t need to worry about adverse reactions, because the injection is derived from your own blood. We separate out your platelets and use them to prepare an injection targeting your injured knee joint.
The PRP injection releases concentrated growth factors to speed healing and tissue regrowth. PRP injections can also reduce inflammation around your injury.
But if you take blood-thinning medications, PRP treatment might not be right for you.
Treating knee injuries with stem cells and other biologics
Stem cells in your body constantly work to regenerate your aging or damaged tissues. In regenerative medical treatments with stem cells, we inject a concentrated dose of stem cells in the injured area of your knee joint.
Your natural levels of stem cell production may decrease with age. An injection boosts your levels and prepares your body to respond more rapidly to injury. After a targeted stem cell injection, the site of your knee injury responds by building new cells to replace lost tissue or bone.
Biologics are produced in a living system like that of a plant, animal or microorganism, and contain natural growth factors similar to those found in PRP. In this treatment method, your injection contains a combination of growth factors and proteins to promote tissue growth and regeneration.
The Synergy Rehabilitation & Wellness Center team derives your injection from donated amniotic tissues. You won’t need to worry about harmful reactions, as most patients can use donated amniotic products without concern. Unlike PRP, targeted injection treatments with biologics don’t conflict with blood-thinning medications, but can deliver similar accelerated healing results.
To learn more about your regenerative medical treatment options for knee injury, damage, or knee pain, get in touch with the experts at Synergy Rehabilitation & Wellness Center today. You can book your appointment over the phone, or use the online booking tool to schedule now.