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Stem Cells Being Used To Treat Knee, Joint Pain

(Photo Credit: KDKA)

Photo Credit: KDKA.com

With so many new treatments for joint and knee pain available these days, it’s not surprising that stem cells have become yet another option.

Stem cell treatment is so cutting edge, very few medical facilities offer the procedure to their patients, but has been effective on patients who would otherwise rely on medications, physical therapy, or even joint replacement surgery to cope with their pain. The stem cells derive from blood, bone marrow, fat and placentas, and some doctors have seen considerable inflammation decreases in patients who received the injections.

Procedure for stem cell treatments:

Bone marrow from the crest of the hip bone, sent to a lab, where it is spun down to get at the layer of stem cells. They are combined with platelets from the patients (a type of cell involved in healing) and returned to the patient. The goal is having stem cells evolve into new tissue to improve mobility function while decreasing pain.

Advantages:

Patients notice significant improvements within three months, and full benefits within one year.

Stem cell injections are usually done for wear-and-tear knee arthritis of the knees, but can also be used for hip, shoulder, ankle, and spinal pain.

Disadvantages:

While approved by the FDA for safety, like most new treatments, additional studies are needed as to the effect stem cell treatment works on everyone.

Stem cell treatment is not cheap; injections can cost anywhere between a couple hundred and thousands of dollars. The cost is usually out-of-pocket since this procedure will not usually be covered by insurance.

Want to learn more about stem cell treatment for joint pain? Click here.

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The 30-Year Knee Replacement

What? I need a knee replacement?

That is the first reaction of many knee arthritis patients when they are given such news. Most people who need knee replacement surgery either procrastinate having the procedure or forego it altogether, not only because it’s major surgery, but also standard knee replacements last only 10 to 15 years, therefore subsequent surgeries are likely.

Other factors of patients putting off knee replacement surgery include age (usually too young in many cases), being overweight, or being very active.

However, the 30-year knee replacement puts such concerns to rest.

Unlike standard metal artificial knees, the 30-year knee replacement is composed of ceramic over metal with tolerant plastic. The 30-year knee replacement has been on the market since 1997; however, many patients didn’t know such an option was available. Its cost is only a few hundred dollars more, but covered by most insurance plans.

The 30-year knee replacement isn’t foolproof. There is still a chance for failure, but doctors can now make sure hips and knees are properly aligned via X-rays and MRI. The surgery is followed by “hard physical therapy for about two to three months, but patients receiving the 30-year replacement start to feel normal again in around six months.

Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh has offered the 30-year knee replacement surgery for at least two years.

It is recommended that all other treatment options must be tried and exhausted before having any type of knee replacement surgery.

To see a 30-year knee replacement success story, click here.

This entry was posted on May 4, 2012, in Treatments.

New Way To Diagnose and Treat Arthritis – Using Old Technology

(Photo Credit: CBS)An old technology used in many medical diagnostic procedures now has a new purpose – as part of treatment for arthritis.

Doctors can now use ultrasound methods to not only pinpoint inflammation with more accuracy, but also as a guide in administering injections, such as cortisone or hylan G-F20, to be assured they reach the affected joints.

Benefits of this new treatment are patients avoiding exposure to radiation that accompanies traditional X-rays, and the high cost of MRI’s. Ultrasound arthritis treatment is both less expensive and pain management can be felt in a shorter period of time.

 

ADDITIONAL LINKS:

CBS Local: Ultrasound Offering Arthritis Patients Some Relief

OzarksFirst.com: Old Technology Has New Use for Arthritis Sufferers

This entry was posted on April 20, 2012, in Treatments.

Exercise Center for Osteoarthritis Knee Pain Sufferers From Synvisc-One

Previously posted on December 9, 2011

People with osteoarthritis who suffer knee pain now can find even more help to treat it. by visiting the Knee Exercise Center, a new program introduced by Synvisc-OneĀ®.

The Knee Exercise Center offers information on knee fitness, effective nutrition and weight loss, alternative therapies, and a knee pain Q and A by orthopedic surgeon Dr. DiNubile.

Patients can also watch step-by-step knee exercise videos at this link.

ABOUT SYNVISC-ONE:

Synvisc-OneĀ® (hylan G-F 20) is indicated for the treatment of pain in osteoarthritis (OA) of the knee in patients who have failed to respond adequately to conservative non-pharmacologic therapy and simple analgesics, e.g., acetaminophen. Visit the Synvisc-One web site at www.synviscone.com.

This entry was posted on March 23, 2012, in Treatments.

The LEGION Revision Knee System – A Comprehensive Knee Replacement Option

The LEGION Revision Knee System is a one of the newest designs in knee replacement surgery with its simple and efficient instrumentation and extended variety of implant options which are suited to the needs of each patient.

This revolutionary product features a fully interchangeable stem, more cemented, press-fit, short-stem options, increased distal, posterior, and L-wedge options, 360 degree offset instrumentation for tibia and femur, a rigid connection to reamer or trial shaft, and a cutting plane (block) which rotates medially and laterally.

OXINIUM Oxidized Zirconium is the material in the femoral components. These offer reduced wear in knee replacements. In addition OXINIUM femoral components contain no nickel content, reducing any chances of metal sensitivities.

The LEGION Revision Knee System is more comprehensive in offering surgeons flexibility in adjusting the system’s components intraoperatively. While the average knee replacement lasts approximately 15 years, the LEGION Revision Knee System’s life span is estimated around 30 years.

For more on the LEGION Revision Knee System and other LEGION knee products by Smith and Nephew, click here.

This entry was posted on March 22, 2012, in Treatments.