How Can Regenerative Medicine Get You Back on Your Feet After a Knee Injury and Joint Damage?
As both professional athletes and weekend warriors know, the practice and dedication involved in pursuing a beloved sport will often take a toll on the body over time. As a result, the cartilage that keeps the joints working smoothly and efficiently through years of training and every day activity can become susceptible to the mechanical and repetitive motion injuries inherent to most sports.
With recent advances in regenerative medicine treatments for orthopedic and sports related injuries, Dr. Steven Meier and his team at Meier Orthopedic Sports Medicine in Beverly Hills are offering athletes and highly active individuals new treatment options for advanced cartilage and joint deterioration. These 21st century advancements in medicine have allowed physicians to use regenerative medicine as alternative or enhanced treatment methods to what has already been available. Some cases have shown promise to deliver results beyond the traditional options previously available through conservative rehabilitation techniques and joint replacement surgery.
The Benefits of Biologic Enhancement Repair for Joint and Cartilage Damage
Healthy joints are obviously crucial for continued participation in sports and athletic activities, but cartilage deterioration can affect anyone, causing chronic pain and mobility issues that can impact overall quality of life. In addition to injuries and conditions like osteoarthritis, there are several factors that are believed to contribute to the risk of cartilage deterioration over time.
Poor nutrition can contribute to a web of health problems that can potentially cause stress and injury to the joints, from being overweight, to weakened bones and muscles, as well as the development of diabetes and osteoarthritis. In the case of healthy joints, moderation during exercise is usually the key – exercising too much and too soon can potentially lead to stress and injury.
Hereditary factors can also play a role in the onset of joint and cartilage deterioration for certain people.
Depending on the occupation, one may be at risk for joint degeneration. Continuous repetitive straining throughout the day can cause cartilage to wear down at an enhanced rate. Physical labor jobs that demand a lot of kneeling, squatting, heavy lifting and climbing stairs can all be contributing factors. Hands, knees, shoulders and hips are most commonly at risk.
Regenerative Medicine and Your Joints
Because cartilage does not naturally replenish on its own, the resulting pain and mobility problems have typically been permanent, and treated with artificial implants and joint replacements.
With the development of biologic enhancement techniques for repairing joint and cartilage damage, Dr. Meier and his team are able to use regenerative medicine to repair or regenerate lost cartilage in a weekend warrior’s knee for example, with mesenchymal stem cells and prp therapy. However, because regenerative medicine techniques like platelet-rich-plasma are anabolic in nature, meaning they stimulate protein and muscle growth, regenerative medicine can be used to treat joint and cartilage deterioration in all patients, not just athletes.
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