Total knee replacement is one of the most common elective surgeries performed in the US. The number of these surgeries performed has doubled from 1999 to 2008, and 3.5 million procedures a year are expected to be performed by 2030. A recent article in the Washington Post highlights some interesting statistics regarding this common procedure:
1) Approximately one-third of patients that underwent knee replacement were not good candidates for the procedure.
2) One-third of knee replacement patients continued to have pain.
3) Patients with less severe arthritis found that knee replacement surgery had no effect on their quality of life.
The latest materials used in knee surgery lasts longer so surgeons are offering knee replacement surgery to younger patients. This creates a problem whereby patients are outliving their knee replacement components and after years of use, most will need a knee revision replacement.
The article continues to suggest that younger patients should pursue non-surgical solutions for their knee pain, but offers only pain medication, dietary advice, physical therapy, and education about their knee pain. (link to Washington Post article)
Luckily, there are safe and effective regenerative orthopedic solutions to knee pain that do not include surgery. The main options are:
1) Prolotherapy. This procedure has been used for 70 years and was found to decrease or eliminate pain in 95% of the patients in the study. (Link to article in Journal of Prolotherapy)
2) PRP - This procedure utilizes the platelets harvested and concentrated from the patients blood to tighten damaged ligaments and tendons. Recent study suggests PRP should be the first choice for treatment of Osteoarthritis. (Link to PRP as first line treatment)
3) Stem cell derived exosomes - This is latest and most effective treatment that uses concentrated exosomes to reduce oxidative stress, promote cell survival and heal damaged ligaments, tendons, and cartilage.
Dr. Nelson, Scottdale's knee pain specialist, has been performing regenerative orthopedics since 1996 and continually is improving his craft by combining the time-honored materials and techniques of the original prolotherapist with the latest advances in regenerative injection therapeutic techniques.
Call our office today to schedule an evaluation with Dr. Nelson to see if you are a candidate for non-surgical regenerative orthopedics for your acute or chronic pain. We can help with: torn ACL, PCL, medial and lateral collateral ligaments, meniscus, osteoarthritis, bursitis, baker's cyst, nerve pain, and pain resulting from auto accidents, chonic or acute injuries or post knee surgery or knee replacement pain.