Category: Knee

NON-SURGICAL KNEE TREATMENT DONE RIGHT

Unfortunately, as the population ages, the prevalence of osteoarthritis increases. In 2020, 595 million people reported having osteoarthritis, which is a 132% increase since the year 1990 (1). The knee was the most common site for osteoarthritis among those surveyed. A population so afflicted by knee troubles should be informed on how best to treat them. This article poses non-surgical orthobiologic PRP or Bone Marrow Concentrate (BMC) procedures over typical options given to patients–surgery or corticosteroid shots. If you’ve made the decision in favor of the less invasive non-surgical route, be educated and be warned. Unfortunately, not all non-surgical clinics are created equal. Read to learn about Regenexx’s procedure methods and the standards we uphold using knee treatment as an example.

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The Lasting Results of BMC Non-Surgical Knee Treatment

The dreaded phrase for older Americans: knee replacement surgery. Osteoarthritis in joints like the knee is quite common for older people, and even present but less common in some younger people as well. Knee replacement surgery is a long and painful process with a long recovery time needed. Supposedly it’s all worth it in the end, since a knee replacement can last 15 to 20 years. However, there’s evidence to suggest that BMC knee treatments can be just as effective and last as long as knee replacement, but with a non-invasive procedure and a shorter recovery time. Read more.

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Clinical Study Shows BMC Effective in Treating ACL Tears

Is it necessary to get surgery for a torn ACL? A clinical study on patients with ACL tears shows that bone marrow concentrate (BMC) procedures are a promising alternative. The ideal patient for a BMC procedure is a patient with a grade one, two, or mild grade three ACL tear, who would slightly alter their lifestyle to accommodate their injured knee. While a college football player with a severe grade three ACL tear might require surgery, a similar athlete with a lesser grade 3, grade 2 or grade 1 ACL tear might be able to avoid surgery altogether.

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Knee Replacement: How and Why to Avoid It

Common knee injuries like sprains, fractures, tears in the meniscus cartilage, and osteoarthritis can all lead to a diagnosis of knee surgery. Patients who receive a non-surgical Regenexx treatment for knee pain can return to normal activities just 1-2 days post-treatment, which is a fraction of knee replacement surgery recovery time.

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Debunking Traditional Knee Pain Approaches

Traditional orthopedic approaches may do more harm than good for all osteoarthritis sufferers (32.5 Million in the US), including the majority who have knee osteoarthritis. See research-based evidence that debunks traditional orthopedic knee treatments like non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), cortisone shots, meniscal surgeries and knee replacements. Find out about non-surgical alternatives.

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Rotator Cuff Re-tears Reduced with Bone Marrow Concentrate

Studies show that Rotator Cuff (not Rotator Cup as some patients say) surgeries have re-tear rates as high as 21%. A November 2022 Mayo Clinic study shows that Bone Marrow Concentrate (BMC) via a precise ultrasound-guided injection can help patients avoid surgery; or, when surgery is needed, BMC can help to make that surgery a long-term success.

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PRP Vs. Corticosteroids

Primum non nocere is a Latin phrase meaning “first, do no harm.” It is a reminder to physicians that their first priority is to protect their patients. However, this rule can get pushed to the side when the complicated issue of health insurance comes into play. Despite significant and mounting evidence that corticosteroids last only a short time and can actually worsen osteoarthritis, insurance-covered corticosteroid injections are sometimes favored over the less risky and better long-term pain reducing PRP option. Does this circumstance disregard primum non nocere? Read more.

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You CAN Ski or Board with Knee Osteoarthritis

You CAN ski or board even if you have knee osteoarthritis or chronic back pain. A regenerative procedure this fall, can have you ready for strenuous activity on the slopes so that you don’t miss the snow season. See 5 steps to get your knees ready for ski & board season, and view a compilation of 8 can’t-miss ski resorts near Pittsburgh.

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Bone-on-Bone Pain and Maintaining your Knees

What is Bone-on-bone pain? Loss of cartilage can result in Bone-on-bone pain or osteoarthritis. This is the most common form of arthritis, and approximately 46% of people will develop it in their lives. Regenexx PRP or Bone Marrow Concentrate has been found to decrease symptoms and increase function in patients that suffer from bone on bone arthritis.

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Step-By-Step PRP Procedure for a Meniscus Tear

Knee pain is often caused by meniscus tears. These tears are quite common. In fact, according to the British Journal of Sports Medicine, if you were to get MRI’s of people over the age of 35, most of them are likely to have a meniscus tear. Before you consent to meniscus surgery, see step-by-step how a non-surgical PRP procedure can increase function, decrease pain and minimize downtime.

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1 in 8 Orthopedic Surgeries Lead to Heart Damage

According to the American Heart Association 1 in 8 orthopedic surgeries lead to heart damage. If you’ve been told you need orthopedic surgery on your knee or shoulder or any other joint, please get a second opinion with Regenexx for a less invasive non-surgical option.

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About Regenexx Pittsburgh COVID-19 Protection Zone

At Regenexx Pittsburgh, we are foremost committed to the health and safety of our patients. Our team adheres strictly to COVID-19 protection protocols and ALL staff wear masks and are COVID-19 vaccinated.

Advanced IOF Certifications

Certified at the highest level for Ankle / Foot, Wrist / Hand, Hip, Knee, Shoulder, and Spine Intradiscal

Specialized Certifications

Top available certifications in Diagnostic Ultrasound, Bone Marrow and Adipose Aspirate, and Nucleated Cell Counting

Educational Certifications

Our doctors have earned both General Instructor as well as Spine Instructor certifications.

Knee

Regenexx® Procedures are non-surgical injection treatments that are intended to help reduce pain and improve function for those who are suffering from pain due to common injuries, arthritis, and overuse conditions. View Details About Knee Treatments >

Commonly Treated Conditions:

  • Arthritis
  • Meniscus Tears
  • Patellofemoral
  • Syndrome/Chondomalacia
  • ACL Tears + PCL, LCL & MCL Tears & Sprains
  • Patellar Tendonitis
  • Pes anersine bursitis
  • Baker’s cyst
  • Instability
  • Hamstrings Tendinopathy & Biceps Femoris Insertional Tendinopathy

Lower Spine

Regenexx® Procedures are non-surgical injection treatments that are intended to help reduce pain and improve function for those who are suffering from pain due to common injuries, arthritis, and overuse conditions. View Details About Spine Treatments >

Commonly Treated Conditions:

  • Lumbar Facet Injury
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Herniated or Bulging Disc
  • Radiculopathy (pinched nerve)
  • SI Joint Syndrome
  • Many More Disc and Low Back Issues

Cervical Spine

Regenexx® Procedures are non-surgical injection treatments that are intended to help reduce pain and improve function for those who are suffering from pain due to common injuries, arthritis, and overuse conditions. View Details About Spine Treatments >

Commonly Treated Conditions:

  • Cervical Instability
  • Cervical Facet Injury
  • Neck, Back or Rib Instability
  • Many More Disc and Cervical Issues Causing Pain

Foot & Ankle

Regenexx® Procedures are non-surgical injection treatments that are intended to help reduce pain and improve function for those who are suffering from pain due to common injuries, arthritis, and overuse conditions. View Details About Foot & Ankle Treatments >

Commonly Treated Conditions:

  • Arthritis
  • Ankle Instability
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Peroneal tendon tear or split
  • Ligament sprain or tear
  • Sub-talar arthritis or instability
  • Tarsal tunnel syndrome
  • Bunions

Hip

Regenexx® Procedures are non-surgical injection treatments that are intended to help reduce pain and improve function for those who are suffering from pain due to common injuries, arthritis, and overuse conditions. View Details About Hip Treatments >

Commonly Treated Conditions:

  • Arthritis
  • Osteonecrosis
  • Bursitis
  • Tendinopathy
  • Labral / Labrum Tear

Elbow

Regenexx® Procedures are non-surgical injection treatments that are intended to help reduce pain and improve function for those who are suffering from pain due to common injuries, arthritis, and overuse conditions. View Details About Elbow Treatments >

Commonly Treated Conditions:

  • Arthritis
  • Instability
  • Tennis Elbow or Golfer’s Elbow
  • Nerve entrapment (ulnar nerve)

Shoulder

Regenexx® Procedures are non-surgical injection treatments that are intended to help reduce pain and improve function for those who are suffering from pain due to common injuries, arthritis, and overuse conditions. View Details About Shoulder Treatments >

Commonly Treated Conditions:

  • Rotator cuff tears
  • Arthritis of the shoulder joint
  • Thoracic outlet syndrome
  • Labral tears or degeneration
  • Rotator cuff tendonitis & tendonosis
  • AC Joint Separation
  • Recurrent shoulder dislocations

Hand & Wrist

Regenexx® Procedures are non-surgical injection treatments that are intended to help reduce pain and improve function for those who are suffering from pain due to common injuries, arthritis, and overuse conditions.

View Details About Hand & Wrist Treatments >

Commonly Treated Conditions:

  • Hand Arthritis
  • Basal Joint Arthritis or CMC / Carpometacarpal
  • Arthritis
  • Instability
  • TFCC Tear
  • Carpal Tunnel SyndromeTrigger Finger