Stem Cell Therapy Ligament Tear Treatments and Second Opinions for Knee Surgery are available in Gilbert, AZ and the surrounding East Valley communities of Chandler, Queen Creek, San Tan Valley, and Mesa, Arizona by Board-Certified Naturopathic Medical Doctor and pain expert Dylan W. Krueger, NMD.
Ligament tears are relatively common in sports, particularly the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), but also can happen in auto accidents and other traumatic impact events of the knee. The bones of the knee are held together by a collection of ligaments that provide structural stability, movement, and protection. These include the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), posterior cruciate ligament (PCL), lateral collateral ligament (LCL), and the medial collateral ligament (MCL). Various traumatic forces can cause these ligaments to tear, which generates pain in the knee. Tears can broken down into classifications (grades) based on severity of the ligament injury. Grade I tears are the least severe with the presence of a mild partial tear. Grade II tears are more severe than Grade I and consist of a moderate tear. Finally, Grade III tears are the most severe with complete tearing through of the ligament.
Signs and Symptoms of Knee Ligament Tear
- Severe Knee Pain
- Popping Sound
- Joint Instability
- Decreased Range of Motion
- Decreased Mobility
- Direct force to the knee (sports / auto accident)
- Pivoting with foot locked
- Awkward landing from jumping
- Quick stop / start motions
Generally, ligament tears present to urgent care or emergency rooms but can also can be seen by primary care doctors as well. The condition is diagnosed through a detailed case history, orthopedic physical exams in office and imaging studies. These usually include an x-ray to rule out fractures of the knee, and an MRI. The MRI is the gold standard and can accurately visualize the ligaments and the severity of the tear. Treatment is based on the severity of the tear and can begin with conservative measures for grade I tears. These typically include: rest, ice, elevation and compression. Physical therapy and rehabilitation is also advised for several weeks after the tear. This helps increase the range of motion of the knee joint, increase muscular strength, and reduce pain. If the tear is severe, unresponsive to conservative care, or the patient is a competitive athlete, surgery will be recommended. Surgical ligament reconstruction helps repair and replace the damaged tissue but requires at least 12 months of recovery in most cases.
Stem Cell Therapy Ligament Tear Treatment
Stem Cell Therapy is a new, cutting edge, and highly effective treatment option in primary care, pain management and orthopedic medicine for various types of musculoskeletal pain. Stem Cell research has rapidly progressed and helped formed the regenerative medicine field. New studies are continually evolving and showing vast regenerative properties that can contribute to cartilage, tendon, ligament, and bone regrowth. World class athletes have taken advantage of these breakthroughs such as Peyton Manning, Tony Romo, Adrian Peterson, Rafael Nadal, and UFC Champion Daniel Cormier. The process works by injecting Stem Cells mixed with Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) into the site of pain or injury. The most common sites being the knee joint, shoulder, low back, elbow and foot. Next, an inflammatory and immune response primes the site for regeneration, while new Stem Cells and growth factors migrate into the treatment area and trigger a healing cascade (inflammation, proliferation, remodeling).
At the localized site, Stem Cells begin recruiting other cells into the area for differentiation into either cartilage, tendon, ligament or other connective tissue. This unique feature allows them to repair the damaged tissue they are placed in, with the growth factors released from the platelet rich plasma (PRP) speeding up the recovery time and healing. After the recruited Stem Cells have moved in, differentiated and healed the damaged area, function and pain reduction follow as structural integrity is restored to the joint and surrounding tissue.
Benefits of Stem Cell Therapy
- Pain Relief
- Safe / Effective
- Fast Recovery Time
- Non-Surgical / Non-Invasive
- Regenerates Ligaments, Tendons, and Cartilage
- Utilizes your Natural Growth Factors / Cells
Stem Cell Therapy Ligament Tear treatments are safe and effective option for ligament tears (grade I and II) and can provide better results than conservative care and surgery in some select cases. Stem Cell injections with PRP help the the ligaments regenerate and repair from tears. The treatment strengthens the ligament faster with less recovery time than other options. Stem Cell Therapy should be considered as an alternative to physical therapy and surgery in grade I and II tears. From my years of clinical experience, regenerative injections have proven to be highly effective and will definitely play a growing role in the evolution of pain management, orthopedic medicine, and regenerative medicine. For more information about Regenerative Injection Therapy, Stem Cell Therapy, Platelet Rich Plasma, Naturopathic pain management, Dr. Dylan W. Krueger, or our Gilbert/Chandler/Mesa, AZ location, please contact us at: 480-648-1534 or email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org.