Whether you call it runner’s knee, patellofemoral pain syndrome (frontal knee pain) or iliotibial band friction syndrome (pain in the side of the knee) – it hurts. And not just for runners.
Runner’s knee can account for up to 40% of the knee complaints in sports medicine clinics where patients are commonly instructed to rest, ice, wrap, elevate, and stretch their knee while taking NSAIDs. In severe cases, surgeons remove damaged cartilage. These aren’t always effective long-term solutions, especially as our knees begin to age.
Regenerative medicine specialists have been performing stem cell therapies on the knees of professional athletes for over 20 years. When live stem cells are injected into damaged knee tissue, they may be able to stimulate your cells to repair themselves, and also promote new cell growth, while relieving or reducing your pain.
Pain. Lots of it. You know you have runner’s knee when you feel:
Whenever you suddenly and forcefully twist or rotate, aggressively pivot, or stop and turn your knee, you risk tearing your meniscus. Kneeling, deep squatting, or heavy lifting can also cause a tear. Athletes who play contact sports like football, basketball, tennis, soccer, or lacrosse, as well as runners who jog on uneven terrain, are at a higher risk for a meniscus tear. The degenerative changes that come with aging can also cause a torn meniscus with little or no trauma.
Here are the most common:
For over 20 years clinical trials have been demonstrating promising results of stem cell injections as an efficacious runner's knee tissue treatment. After a thorough physical knee exam, and maybe an X-ray, your provider will inject 5 million live-nucleated cells into your injured knee tissue using ultrasound technology as a guide.
These stem cells will migrate to your damaged cells and release growth factors, cytokines &chemokines into your blood. These substances may then:
How quickly or potently this regeneration occurs in your knee depends on your age, genetics, injury severity, general health, follow up care, and other environmental factors.
As with any injection procedure, there is a small risk of bacterial infection (not associated with the product) and nerve damage. If you experience severe pain, bleeding, or swelling at your injection site, or experience symptoms like fever, nausea, dizziness, or vomiting, seek emergency medical care right away.
People heal at different rates. Your recovery time depends on your age, genetics, damage severity, general health, and environmental factors, as well as your dedication to post-treatment care.
Give your cells time tore generate by taking it easy on your knee. Temporarily switch to a new form of exercise that won’t hurt your joint (e.g., joggers, consider swimming laps for a couple of months instead of jogging).
Your body’s regenerative powers work slowly and steadily – observe your unique pace and respect it. If you return to your usual workouts before your tissues have had a chance tore generate you could damage your knee permanently. You can return to your usual robust routine after your doctor informs you it’s okay to do so, generally after: