Living with an Orthopedic Condition like Knee Osteoarthritis can be extremely challenging. Ongoing pain, physical limitations, and depression can affect an individual’s ability to engage in social, community, and work-related activities. However, arming yourself with the right knowledge can help you get the best treatment plans.
Do you know that Osteoarthritis is the most common age-related joint disease affecting more than 80% people beyond 55 years of age? What more is that approximately 46% of people develop it during their lifetimes.
Also called wear-and-tear arthritis, degenerative arthritis, and degenerative joint disease, Osteoarthritis occurs when the cartilage (which acts like a shock absorber) breaks down and enables the bones to rub together. The friction leads to knee pain, stiffness, and swelling. Although Osteoarthritis can affect any part of the body such as hands, fingers, shoulders, spine, and hips, knees are the most commonly affected areas of the body.
Knee Osteoarthritis symptoms often develop slowly and worsen over time. Signs and symptoms include:
01 Stem Cell Therapy
In recent years, Stem Cell Therapy has shown promising results for treating patients with Knee Osteoarthritis. As a form of regenerative medicine, it utilizes the body’s natural healing mechanism to repair the damaged cells by reducing inflammation and modulating the immune system.
The aim in using stem cells is to support the self-healing process of the knee joint cartilage, which results in relief from symptoms of the condition. Clinical trials in patients with Knee Osteoarthritis have shown a significant advantage of Stem Cell Therapy over traditional surgical approaches such as autologous chondrocyte transplantation. Since cartilage biopsy is unnecessary, external stress and cellular damage are not applied at the donor-site articular surface. Moreover, direct intra-articular injection of mesenchymal stem cells has proven as a technically simple way to treat advanced Osteoarthritis of the knee.
02 Physical Therapy
Individuals with Knee Osteoarthritis often face problems in walking, maintaining balance, and other movements. Many patients even complain of severe pain in their knees. Research has shown that exercise is effective in managing Knee Osteoarthritis, by reducing pain and improving function. Thus, performing Physiotherapy under guided supervision of experts, can play a major role in improving joint mobility, improving overall quality of life, and reducing depression. Being a non-invasive treatment, physiotherapists can construct effective exercise programs to assist in your everyday functioning in managing Knee Osteoarthritis.
Catherine Cutinho (name changed)
“My 55-year-old mother was unable to climb the stairs and sit down to eat due to severe knee pain. When we took an orthopedic opinion, the X-ray showed degeneration of knee joints and the only treatment suggested was calcium tablets, vitamin D sachets, and pain killer medicines. When I came to know about the application of Stem Cell Therapy in Knee Arthritis, I contacted Plexus. Here my mom was assessed thoroughly and treated under Dr. Na’eem and his excellent team. After the treatment, her knee pain completely disappeared and she is able to climb stairs and even sit down without any pain. I am very happy with her progress. Thank you, Plexus.”
Sushmitha V. (name changed)
"Due to severe knee pain I was not able to do a lot of my work which required walking. I was given the option to choose between a knee surgery and stem cell injections. I went ahead with stem cells and I would say that, that was the best decision of my life. Thanks to Dr Na'eem, my knee pain magically disappeared and I re-gained all my lost mobility."