An injury to the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) can cause substantial difficulty with basic mobility and function and is especially common among athletes, including professional ones. From NBA point guard Derrick Rose to U.S. soccer player Alex Morgan, ACL injuries and ACL surgeries occur in just about every sport. Strains or sprains to the ACL typically heal with rest, but at the point of ACL tear, the main treatment option is ACL surgery involving applying a tissue graft taken from elsewhere in the body or a cadaver. This graft attaches at a steeper angle than the original tendon which causes more compression on the cartilage in the knee and greatly increased chance of osteoarthritis while the position sense and strength in the repaired knee are never the same. In addition, as is typical with orthopedic surgeries, patients who get this surgery are significantly more likely to experience additional knee injuries. The Regenexx perc-ACLR procedure is an injection-based procedure that can replace 70% of ACL-repair surgeries. During this outpatient procedure, our expert physicians use precise image guidance to inject custom concentrations of your body’s natural healing agents into the precise areas of damage to tighten and stabilize your knee joint for better function and mobility. Call our patient care coordinators today to get started on your path to ACL recovery.
Knee osteoarthritis is one of the most prevalent chronic disabilities in the United States that causes pain and a reduction in range of motion and possible activity until even walking becomes difficult. Common treatment options include harmful steroid injections and risky surgeries that don’t restore patients to full function, while the joint continues to deteriorate over time. As knee osteoarthritis progresses, total knee replacement is the most common treatment.
Alternative to Meniscus Surgery
A knee meniscus tear is one of the most common causes of knee pain. The meniscus is basically the shock absorber within the knee. You can tear either the medial (inside) or lateral (outside) meniscus. The inside meniscus is the more commonly injured side. When someone says they have torn cartilage in the knee, they’re typically referring to a torn meniscus.
The two treatments for a meniscus tear that are most commonly prescribed are surgery or physical therapy. Most noteworthy, if you opt for surgery, you likely will require physical therapy afterward. There is no guarantee that either option alone will eliminate your pain or regain the function in your knee.
However, there is a third choice, Regenexx, which can be used alone or in conjunction with surgery and/or physical therapy to help with the healing process of a torn meniscus.
Recent studies have shown that some of the most popular arthroscopic surgeries, including meniscus surgery, have no benefit at all. Most noteworthy regarding meniscus surgery is that it involves the removal of a portion, if not all of the valuable meniscus tissue. This can accelerate the cascade of degeneration that leads to osteoarthritis. In addition, all surgeries require months of recovery and frequently painful rehabilitation to regain strength and function.
Regenexx regenerative orthobiologic treatments are intended to help you avoid the side effects of surgery and prolong the healthy cushioning environment that the meniscus provides for your knees.