Overview of Knee Conditions
Knee Pain? You Are Not Alone.
Knee injuries may reach as high as 2.5 million per year among teen athletes in the United States. The knee is built to support the body’s weight while walking, running and standing. It connects the two lower bones, the fibula and tibia to the thigh bone at the knee joint which is connected by a network of supporting ligaments and meniscus. Protecting the ligaments, nerves and blood vessels is the kneecap or patella which rests on a dense layer of cartilage that serves as a shock absorber. The joint is also lubricated and protected by the joint capsule and 14 tiny bursae. The knee is a well-oiled machine – if you experience regular knee pain, something is not right.
Why are knees so easily injured?
The knee is built to withstand quite a bit of stress, but active sports add high energy stressors on the knee that are not normal. Sprains and strains to the ligaments such as the ACL and MCL are common and may be accompanied by a pop. A meniscus tear usually occurs in a high energy event like a tackle that forces the knee to twist. A fractured patella is the most common break and can be caused by a tackle or a car accident.
Age can play a role in the gradual deterioration of our knees. It can creep up on us slowly. When you are over 50, you can tear a meniscus by turning suddenly or tripping on a curb. Poor posture, leg length discrepancy, osteoarthritis and undiagnosed pelvic tilt can also place stressors on the knees resulting in long term damage and knee pain.
Can knees be regenerated instead of replaced?
Doctors like Scott Greenberg are making considerable strides in the regeneration of knee joints. The kinetic knee regenerative treatments that Dr. Greenberg has developed are an alternative to knee replacement operations. The treatments are natural and steroid and opioid-free. They use your body’s own stem cells, growth and healing factors to help regenerate ligaments, cartilage, bursa, meniscus and strengthen bones.
Dr. Greenberg published the first knee meniscus regeneration treatment in 2018. The team used treatments of adipose-derived regenerative cells (ADRCs) and platelet-rich plasma to regenerate meniscus and repair a torn meniscus of the knee. They permanently eliminated a painful, chronic condition for the patient.
Dr. Scott Greenberg is a pioneering leader in prolotherapy, PRP, and stem cell procedures. He serves as the chair of the Institutional Review Board of the American Association of Stem Cell Physicians and is a founding board member. He was a member of the first team to repair a meniscus tear using stem cell therapy and has treated many professional and Olympic athletes among the thousands of people helped since starting his practice in 1999. He also has the distinction of being named Director of the Regenerative Medicine team at the Dee Adams Center for Integrative and Regenerative Medicine at the Bryn Mawr Hospital.
If you or a loved one is looking for a regenerative strategy to treat your chronic conditions, fill out the form on this page to schedule an appointment or call Dr. Greenberg’s office today at (833) 440-4325.
J Med Cases, 2018:9(7);221-225, Comella, Greenberg, Ross; Intra-Articular Implantation of Stromal Vascular Fraction Plus Platelet Rich Plasma in a Degenerative Meniscal Injury