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Can I Receive Stem Cell Treatment for Knee Pain?

Posted at 10:35 AM on Feb 26, 2019


Here at Twin Cities Pain and Regenerative Medicine, we receive all kinds of questions regarding the different treatment options we offer. As leaders in the medical field, we are passionate about educating our patients and making them feel confident and comfortable in their choice of treatment.

We often hear from patients who are considering stem cell treatment for their knee pain. If you’re curious about this treatment option and are wondering if it’s a good fit for you, read on.

What is stem cell treatment?

Stem cells are like the construction workers of our bodies’ repair mechanisms. Stem cells heal damaged tissue and replenish dying or damaged cells.

In stem cell treatment, stem cells are harvested from the patient’s own body (in a quick and minimally invasive process that generally only requires local anesthetic). They can then be injected into the affected area, where they go to work repairing and regenerating the tissue.

Where are stem cells taken from?

Stem cells can be harvested from the patient’s own bone marrow, typically from the hip bone (the iliac bone). The procedure takes minutes and, as mentioned, is relatively painless, requiring only a local numbing agent.

Why choose stem cell treatment?

Stem cell treatment has two major advantages: it is minimally invasive (unlike knee surgery), and it lasts longer than many other treatments. A standard stem cell treatment session lasts about 90 minutes. While the effects of the treatment vary somewhat from patient to patient, many clinical studies have demonstrated that the pain relief it provides lasts several years.

The speed with which the treatment delivers results also varies from patient to patient. Sometimes, it can take as little as a few days, but typically we find that our patients are fully able to engage in physical activity after about four to six weeks.

Stem cell treatment is completed in house at Twin Cities Pain and Regenerative Medicine and typically involves no hospital visit. Although it is relatively quick and painless compared to the alternatives, we highly recommend that our patients find a designated driver after completing treatment.

Who can receive stem cell treatment?

Stem cell treatment works by regrowing weakening or damaged tissue. It can serve as an alternative to replacement surgery for patients experiencing back or shoulder pain, or joint pain of various kinds (including knee and elbow pain).

For example, patients with tennis elbow, meniscal tears, or osteoarthritis have all employed stem cell treatment to great success.

Ideal patients are in generally good health and are at least somewhat physically active and under the age of 75.

At Twin Cities Pain & Regenerative Medicine, we treat the following conditions with stem cell therapy:

  • Osteoarthritis of the joints including knee, hip, shoulder, and ankle joints
  • Chronic partial rotator cuff tears
  • Persistent partial tendon tears, such as tennis elbow, plantar fasciitis, quadriceps and patellar tendon tears
  • Muscular tears
  • Meniscal (cartilage) tears in the knee
  • Discogenic back pain
  • Spinal facet pain
  • Chronic radiculopathy (pinched nerve)
  • Sacroiliac joint pain

Will my insurance cover stem cell treatment?

Stem cell treatment is not covered by most major medical insurance policies, so it will more than likely involve out-of-pocket costs. We emphasize the importance of visiting a reputable stem cell clinic. Many low-cost clinics have begun to pop up in the area, and it is important to undergo care at a facility with the proper medical credentials to perform the procedure.

Twin Cities Pain and Regenerative Medicine is a leader in stem cell treatment. Each patient who considers treatment at our facility receives a physical examination and a thorough review of all the appropriate imaging to determine whether stem cell therapy is suitable for them. We only move forward with the procedure if the answer is yes.

About Twin Cities Pain and Regenerative Medicine

Twin Cities Pain and Regenerative Medicine is a leader in Minnesota and the Upper Midwest in stem cell treatment for pain. Our medical director, Dr. Constantin Starchook, has been a leading anesthesiologist in Minneapolis for over 20 years and is consistently ranked as one of the top doctors in Minnesota.

If you suffer from tennis elbow or back, shoulder, or joint pain, do not resign yourself to orthopedic surgery as your first and only option. Instead, make an appointment at our outpatient facility in Edina, Minnesota to see how we can relieve your pain with a minimally invasive 90-minute stem cell procedure.

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