Stem Cell Therapy for Patellar Tendonitis
Patellar tendinitis is a painful injury that makes it difficult to extend the knee during activities such as running, jumping, and kicking. The condition is often referred to as “jumper’s knee” since it tends to occur in athletes that participate in sports that require a lot of jumping such as basketball and volleyball, though non-athletes can get it as well. Traditional treatment for patellar tendonitis often begins with anti-inflammatory drugs and physical therapy to stretch and strengthen the muscles around the knee.
In some cases, the knee pain from patellar tendinitis can become chronic, and a patient’s response to traditional treatments diminishes over time. While surgery could be used to repair the patellar tendon manually, the procedure itself is painful and can cause complications that may need further treatment.
At the Institute of Regenerative Medicine, we take a unique approach to patellar tendonitis treatment by combining traditional orthopedics with cutting-edge techniques in stem cell medicine to repair the damaged tissue around the tendon naturally.
How Does Stem Cell Therapy Work
Stem cells are the body’s natural healers. Unlike other cells, they have the unique ability to transform into the cells that are needed to repair the tissue around the damaged tendon of the knee such as cartilage or muscle cells. As we age, the number of stem cells and their potency decline, causing use to take longer to recover from injuries or not at all in some cases. At the Institute of Regenerative Medicine, we use a unique process to supercharge your stem cells and direct them to naturally heal the patellar tendinitis by creating new tissue in the knee.
We begin by harvesting the stem cells and a biological substance called platelet-rich plasma (PRP ) which will act as a stimulant for the stem cell from the patient’s blood and bone marrow. Then we process the stem cells and PRP to create a highly potent concentration of stem cells which we inject into the damaged area of the patient’s knee using ultrasound to guide the injection. After injection, the stem cells will begin the process of restoring the tissues in the knee.
How Does Stem Cell Therapy Compare to Surgery
Stem cell therapy for Patellar Tendonitis only takes a few hours to complete, and patients will be able to go home almost immediately after the injection is done. Since stem cell therapy is a biological treatment that requires time for the stem cells to restore the damage tissues in the knee, patients will not feel the effect of the injection immediately. On average, most patients start to see signs of improvement in the form of reduced pain or increased function within 4 to 6 weeks.
With knee surgery, patients will usually stay in the hospital for 1 to 2 days before being allowed to go home and may require a walking aid such as crutches or a cane until the knee can support the patient’s body weight. Once muscle strength is restored, which can take up to 3 months, patients can resume most activities as long as they do not cause too much impact to the knee
Is Stem Cell Therapy Safe
Stem cell therapy for patellar tendonitis is a safe alternative to surgery. Since stem cells are naturally found in the body, we are not injecting any foreign substances into the patient. Additionally, since we only use stem cells and PRP that was harvested from the patient’s blood and bone marrow, the risk of infections or rejection is virtually nonexistent.
Am I a Candidate for Stem Cell Therapy
In general, stem cell therapy can be utilized by anyone. However, to determine if it will be effective in healing the damage in your tendon, our board certified orthopedic surgeon would have to examine your medical file to make that determination.