Knees do not necessarily wear out evenly, sometimes one part of the knee is perfectly fine while another part is completely destroyed. If only part of the knee joint is worn out, why replace all of it?
While elite cyclists, with prize money and international rankings at stake, get straight back onto their bikes with broken clavicles, the rest of us tend to be more sensible in our approach to healing.
Can't find the right words to describe the symptoms of your health concerns? Not sure when they began? Don't worry, data captured from your body will soon be revealing all, perhaps picking up problems before you're even aware of them.
Have you injured yourself recently? How are you feeling about it? a) Sad: “What did I do to deserve this? It’s all over.” b) Angry: No words. Just fury. c) In denial: “Hopefully it will just get better on its own.”
d) Accepting: “Yes, it’s a bummer but I’ll take stock and figure out how to get better and stronger.”
If you have osteoarthritis, or if you think you may develop it later, you don’t have to just “suck up” the symptoms or change your life to manage the disorder. There is something that you can do about it, especially if you catch it early.
Our unique regenerative approach to healing joints and repairing arthritis can get you back to the activities you love, without compromise. You’ll be fitter, faster and stronger than you have been in years.
Stem cells are both in and out. It was once thought that if these cells were injected into joints, they would turn into cartilage. Two problems arose. First, patients (unless they are infants) have very few stem cells left. Second, the injected cells died after releasing their instructional growth factors, never turning into cartilage. But what we have learned is that an increasing number of concentrated growth factors, immune stimulants, and even some drugs can induce the migration of the body’s own progenitor cells—some of them stem cells—cells that direct healing—to the injured area. These cells then optimize the environment around the injury to effect healing.
The science of cartilage repair for joints is in full swing. There is a frenzy of activity around stem cells, growth factors, exosomes (small packets of growth factors), and all forms of stimulation therapies. And the matrices or patches that those factors are placed on vary widely. The bottom line is that no one factor does it all. Here is the latest update on what needs to go into the chicken soup of tissue repair to make you well.