Innovative Regenerative Treatments for Knee Osteoarthritis
A recent clinical study demonstrated that Regenerative Injection Therapy (RIT) delivered considerable improvement in knee function and pain to individuals experiencing Knee Osteoarthritis. The study revealed that study participants receiving RIT treatment achieved a 29.5 percent improvement in knee pain, stiffness, and function measured according to the Western Ontario and McMaster Universities Osteoarthritis Index (WOMAC score).
This treatment is one of several innovative options available for Knee Osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis of the Knee usually occurs in knees that have experienced trauma, infection, or injury. The articular cartilage, which acts as a protective cushion, starts to deteriorate. These biological treatments promote the growth of new cartilage. It’s a tactic that tackles the primary cause of the condition.
To expedite healing, Exosomes are used with other cutting-edge Regenerative Treatments including Prolotherapy, Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) and Platelet Lysate Therapy. In certain cases, a patient’s unique medical condition or circumstance may prevent using the benefits of all treatments simultaneously. If this is the case, a custom-tailored plan is created using one or several of the treatments to achieve the best patient outcomes possible. While occasionally there is no good alternative to surgical repair, most often biologic repair provides a better option.
Exosomes are an innovative development in Regenerative Medicine with immense potential to stimulate healing and repair. Exosomes are naturally occurring vesicles and proteins that are developed within cells. When Exosomes leave these cells, they transfer information to neighboring or distant cells. Once they reach their destination, they signal cells to regenerate, repair, and heal. Exosomes are exceptional because they provide safe, efficient treatment. They are commonly used to treat many medical conditions with outstanding results.
Exosome Therapy might provide certain advantages with regards to Regenerative Injection Therapies. For example, Exosomes don’t require bone marrow aspiration. Exosomes are externally developed, so the procedure may help patients avoid having their bone marrow used for injection therapy into their painful joint.
Exosomes easily cross cell barriers and adapt to an inflammatory environment, stimulating the healing process so patients experience relief, reduced pain, and swelling.
Platelet Rich Plasma
Platelets activates tissue repair by releasing Growth Factors. These Growth Factors start the healing process by attracting cells that aid in healing. Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy intensifies this process by delivering a higher concentration of platelets. The therapy involves a small sample of the patient’s blood placed in a centrifuge to separate the platelets from the other blood components. The concentrated PRP is then injected into and around the point of injury, bolstering the body’s natural healing. Our PRP process is unique. Since our samples are all hand processed, we are able to produce PRP without contaminating red and white cells, which can hinder repair. This same special process also allows us to customize the concentration and volume for each individual and each injury type. This vastly improves results.
Platelets in the blood deploy powerful Growth Factors that assist in the healing process. Typically this happens gradually over time, but through the creation of a Platelet Lysate solution, a high concentration of Growth Factors can be immediately released into the body. The upshot is a focused, quicker healing process. Furthermore, there are areas of the body where using traditional PRP can generate too much inflammation. Platelet Lysates are a better option where inflammation may become an issue.
Regenerative Injection Therapy to Regain Knee Function
These regenerative treatments are a promising revolution in the treatment of knee osteoarthritis. Although they are not a “cure,” these treatments can decelerate advancement of the disease, drastically diminish pain and restore knee function and mobility. When coalesced with short term knee bracing and physical therapy, the effects of this approach can be significantly amplified to reestablish quality of life to most patients.