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Stem Cell Treatment for Knees: Evidence Review (2023)

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What is the best stem cell treatment for knees? Can it help knee arthritis and pain? Globally, stem cell therapy is being touted as a miracle cure for everything from wrinkles to spinal repair. However, there is also a lot of misinformation out there. Even among medical groups, the recommendations are conflicting, lacking in depth and out-dated.  Most consumers are interested in stem cell treatment for knee pain because it's a non-surgical option as opposed to knee replacement surgery.  The stages of osteoarthritis, as demonstrated in the knee joint Some doctors and media channels argue that there is very little evidence to support the use of stem cells to treat orthopaedic conditions. As with most cutting edge treatment, research and experiment is part of a continuous improvement process. As of May 2023, there are  more than 400 scientific publications  related to the use of stem cells in treating knee orthopaedic conditions alone. More than 90 studies have been launched to invest

Stem Cell Knee vs Total Knee Replacement for Knee Pain 2023

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Sitting, standing, walking, driving—those with knee pain know how much harder it can make doing the things we need to do every day. Traditional joint replacement can make a real difference, as can regenerative procedures, such as stem cell therapy, that use your own adult stem cells to naturally repair damage. Knee pain is debilitating and often tough to manage on your own, but navigating all of the potential treatment options can leave patients confused and wondering which option is right for them. In particular, patients struggle to decide between joint replacement and regenerative options, such as stem cell therapy, to manage their pain. The stages of osteoarthritis, as demonstrated in the knee joint Read on to see if stem cell therapy or joint replacement is the right treatment for your knee pain. Procedure While stem cell therapy and knee replacement surger

PRP vs Stem Cell Treatment for Knee Osteoarthritis 2023

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Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common type of arthritis. OA of the knee happens when the cartilage — the cushion between the knee joints — breaks down. This can cause pain, stiffness, and swelling. There is no cure for OA of the knee, but treatment can help relieve discomfort and slow the damage. It can improve also your quality of life and help you better keep up with your day-to-day activities. Your treatment options will depend on your individual needs. These include your medical history, level of pain, and the impact of OA on your daily life. Treatment usually includes a combination of therapies and lifestyle choices. What Causes Chronic Knee Pain? Temporary knee pain is different from chronic knee pain. Many people experience temporary knee pain as a result of an injury or accident.  Chronic knee pain rarely goes away without treatment, and it isn’t always attributable to one incident. It’s most often the result of several causes or conditions. Step 1 in dealing with a chronic kn

How Does Orthopedic Surgery Stack Up to Interventional Orthobiologics?

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The Old Gaurd versus the New Kid One of the things that orthopedic surgery suffers from is that the basic technology is decades old and came into being at a time when there were very low research standards for surgical care. Take for example a knee replacement. If this procedure didn’t exist and I were to propose to the FDA and insurance companies today that I wanted to amputate a major part of someone’s body and insert a metal and plastic replacement, both would require large randomized controlled trials and a decade of research before allowing this to be approved and covered. Despite that, it took decades before someone tested a knee replacement against conservative care. Why is that a big deal? Because we didn’t know until that study that whacking out someone’s knee joint and replacing it with a prosthesis was better than going to physical therapy. In addition, we still don’t have a single study that compares a knee replacement to a placebo procedure (the medical term is sham). Why

When Lab Research Scientists Play Doctors -The Paul Knoepfler Files

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Regenexx -  Do you remember that famous 1970s TV quote, “I’m not a doctor, but I play one on TV”? Well, that’s what some research scientists are doing. Let’s dig into that today. Ph.D. vs. M.D. A Ph.D. is someone who begins with a Bachelors in Science degree and then takes additional graduate-level course work in their field. Ultimately, on the lab research side, they work in a lab and then perform original research and rigorously defend a thesis, which can take years. An M.D. (or D.O.) is someone who went to medical school, and then a hospital internship, years of residency training in a hospital, and often subspeciality training. There are boards to sit for, licensing tests to take, and finally, after you’ve given away your 20s, you’re finally a practicing physician. Hence, what do Ph.D.’s know about medicine? Not much outside of their very specific fields. Meaning if a lab Ph.D. tried to treat a patient or provide advice to a patient, that could be practicing medicine without traini

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