Center for Pain Management & Rehabilitation
Midwest Joint Pain Institute, SC
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2015 October Newsletter

New Medical Breakthrough Treatments For Knee Pain
~ Surgery may not be the only option ~
By: Yibing Li, MD, ABPMR, ABPM

Knee pain is one of the most common causes of chronic disability in USA. The most common causes of knee pain may include osteoarthritis, sports injury, meniscus tear, ligament instabilities, etc. Current treatments options are targeted towards symptomatic management via pain relief drugs, steroid injections or surgical interventions. However, these traditional treatments not only carry many side effects and complications, but also are associated with poor outcomes and may accelerate the progression of osteoarthritis. Recent medical doctors and researchers have discovered that Regenerative Therapies, such as Prolotherapy, PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) and Stem Cell Therapy may provide permanent cure and pain relief for people who suffer from chronic knee pain from ligament instability, meniscus tear or even severe arthritis.

Regenerative Therapies
are spectrum of therapeutic techniques used to naturally treat & heal the cause of painful condition rather than masking the symptom through stimulating & accelerating our own body's natural ability to heal ourselves.

1. Prolotherapy

healthy runner

is an injection therapy for chronic musculoskeletal injury, including knee osteoarthritis. A core principle is the injection of small volumes of an irritant solution at multiple painful ligament and tendon insertions and in adjacent joint spaces over several treatment sessions.

2. PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma)

utilizes platelets taken from the patient's own blood to possibly rebuild damaged tendons or cartilage. Platelets normally circulate within the blood stream and are responsible for blood clotting and initiating the healing response in an acute injury. PRP therapy allows us to harvest the patient's own platelets into the site of injury to help initiate healing and the likely improvement of function. Numerous studies showed PRP treatment had positive effects in patients with knee osteoarthritis by healing the damaged tissues, diminishing pain and in turn improving quality of life.

3. Stem Cells
are "undifferentiated" cells, which allow them to develop into another type of cell that is required to repair or replace damaged tissue. Stem cell therapy may repair tissues that might be too damaged to heal on their own. Stem cells can possibly stimulate the formation of cartilage, tendon, ligaments, bone & fibrous connective tissues. Stem cells are obtained from either the patient's own tissue or a purified amniotic source. These concentrated stem cells are then injected into the patient's damaged tendon or joint.

The Procedure Is Safe and Simple.
before & after cartilage scans

Prolotherapy, platelet rich plasma injection and stem cell therapy are done at a physician's office and can only take about an hour. Patients return home the same day and often able to work the following day. As a result, the damaged tissue may begin to heal immediately and see results in a few months. When researching this type of treatment and finding a provider, make sure the doctor is a board certified physician and has years of experience in minimally invasive procedures & additional training in regenerative injection techniques. It is best to schedule an appointment with a physician provider to discuss if this is the procedure for your condition. The procedures are ideally performed under the guidance of ultrasound or a fluoroscopy unit to assist in maximizing the results.

At Center for Pain Management & Rehab., in Peoria, IL, we offer a multidisciplinary evaluation and create an individualized treatment plan for each patient. We offer both traditional pain management and alternative, regenerative treatments for acute or chronic knee pain. As one of the national leading providers in Regenerative medicine, our overall success rate for knee pain reduction and functional improvements is over 90% without surgery.