Knee Pain Relief Osteoarthritis Treatment Royal & West Palm Beach, Florida

Navija Valladares10233 Okeechobee Blvd
Suite B-6
West Palm Beach, FL 33411

561-721-0492OPEN HOURS:
Tuesday 8am–5pm
Thursday 8am–5pm

Amniotic Cell Therapy For Knee Pain, Arthritis, Tendonitis & More

 

For many patients with debilitating knee osteoarthritis, treatment options are limited and include steroid injections, hyaluronic acid injections (viscosupplementation), physical therapy, and joint replacement surgery. Rotator cuff tendonitis is also a common problem and again, treatment is often limited to intermittent steroid injections, physical therapy and possibly surgery when conservative management fails. Steroid injections have frequently been met with either ineffectiveness, short-term pain relief and the risk of tendon atrophy and rupture. Currently, The Advanced Spine & Joint Institute offers new cutting-edge treatment options like amniotic cell injections which can be used to as an alternative to surgery to successfully treat patients with degenerative arthritis (knee and shoulder), rotator cuff tendonitis, lateral epicondylitis (tennis elbow) and other tendon and joint disorders.

How Does Amniotic Cell Therapy Work?

Amniotic cell treatment takes advantage of the body’s ability to repair itself. An amniotic cell is a type of cell the body uses to create new tissues and structures. Amniotic cells have the ability to differentiate into any kind of cell that the body might need: skin, bone, blood, cartilage, etc. They also remain stable for many years and have the ability to divide and regenerate.

With amniotic cell therapy, our Physician at The Advanced Spine & Joint Institute injects amniotic cells from into your affected area. This has been sterilely processed and converted into a flowable injectable form. For the knee, this is placed sterilely within the joint. For the shoulder it is either placed subacromially (above the rotator cuff) for tendonitis or into the joint. All of the amniotic cell injections at The Advanced Spine & Joint Institute are given under fluoroscopic guidance. These amniotic cells have potent anti-inflammatory properties. Tissue in the body are also a rich source of collagen, elastin, fibronectin, mesenchymal amniotic cells and growth factors that can support tissue repair and regeneration. While similar in concept to steroid injections, stem cell therapy is thought to have a longer and greater impact. At this stage we do not know if this will actually repair or restore damaged cartilage but preliminary data has been promising. A recent scientific paper published in January of 2014 out of University of Southern California showed a benefit in pain control and possibly in regeneration of meniscus tissue after knee arthroscopy for meniscus tears. Applications of this therapy are still being researched and implemented around the world.
While cortisone and other drugs only provide temporary pain relief, stem cells have the ability to restore degenerated tissue while providing pain relief. The growth factors in amniotic cells may replace damaged cells in your body. Additionally, amniotic cell injections contain hyaluronic acid, which lubricates joints and tendons, easing the pain and helping restore mobility. The hope and thought is that because of their regenerative capacity and stability, the impact and pain relief may be much longer than previously obtained with past treatments (steroid, viscosupplmentation, etc.).

Are Amniotic Cell Injections Safe?

Yes. Amniotic cell treatment has been used by ophthalmologists to aid with corneal surgery for over 20 years. It also has applications in plastic surgery assisting in burn patient healing. To date, more than 18,000 injections have been performed without a single reported adverse side effect. As with all treatment options, the biggest risk of a stem cell injection is that it does not alleviate all your pain but does afford one more option prior to surgical intervention.

Am I A Candidate For Amniotic Cell Therapy?

Patients suffering from any kind of joint, tendon, or ligament pain may be considered as candidates for stem cell therapy. Upon evaluation at The Advanced Spine & Joint Institute, our Physician may be able to provide you with recommendations for other types of treatment options if you are not a candidate for amniotic cell injections.

Does Insurance Cover Amniotic Cell Therapy?

Most insurance companies do not cover Amniotic Cell injections at this time. As such, this is fee for service due at the time of treatment. Many insurance companies, however, may cover the initial consultation as well as some aspects of the treatment, such as the injection fee, radiographs, and use of fluoroscopic guidance if necessary during your appointment.
At The Advanced Spine & Joint Institute, we can help review the advantages, costs, and indications for stem cell treatments to help you select which treatment is best for you.

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