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MENISCUS TEARS

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The meniscus is a piece of cartilage that is located in the knee joint between the thigh bone (femur) and shin bone (tibia). The meniscus acts as a shock absorber and helps to distribute weight evenly across the knee joint, which helps to prevent damage to the bones and other structures in the knee.

Meniscus tears are a common injury that can occur as a result of a sudden twisting or bending motion of the knee, such as during sports activities. In older individuals, degenerative changes to the meniscus can also occur over time, leading to an increased risk of tears.

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Other factors that may increase the risk of meniscus tears include:

  • Age: Meniscus tears are more common in older individuals, as the cartilage becomes more brittle and less flexible with age.
  • Gender: Men are more likely to experience meniscus tears than women, due in part to differences in anatomy and physical activity patterns.
  • Obesity: Excess body weight can place added stress on the knee joint, increasing the risk of meniscus tears.
  • Previous knee injuries: Individuals who have previously experienced knee injuries or have had surgery on the knee may be at increased risk of meniscus tears.

Symptoms of a meniscus tear can include pain, swelling, stiffness, and limited range of motion in the knee joint. 

Treatment for meniscus tears may involve rest, ice, compression, and elevation (RICE), as well as physical therapy, medication, regenerative treatments and in some cases, surgery.

There are several regenerative treatments available for meniscus tears, and the best option depends on the severity of the tear, the age and health of the patient, and other individual factors.

Some of the most common regenerative treatments for meniscus tears include:

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  1. Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy: This involves injecting concentrated platelets from the patient’s own blood into the injured area, which can help to stimulate the body’s natural healing response and promote tissue regeneration.
  2. Stem cell therapy: Stem cells are specialized cells that can differentiate into a variety of different cell types, and can therefore be used to repair damaged tissue. In meniscus tear treatment, stem cells are often harvested from the patient’s own bone marrow and injected directly into the tear site.
  3. Hyaluronic acid injections: Hyaluronic acid is a natural substance found in the body that helps to lubricate and cushion the joints. Injecting hyaluronic acid into the knee joint can help to reduce pain and inflammation associated with meniscus tears, and may also promote tissue healing.
  4. Surgery: In some cases, surgery may be necessary to repair or remove the damaged portion of the meniscus.

It is important to note that the effectiveness of regenerative medicine treatments for ligament and tendon tears may vary depending on the severity of the injury and other individual factors and not all patients may be good candidates for regenerative treatments. 

Call us to learn more about our treatments and if they are a viable option for your specific condition.

What do I need to have prior to receiving stem cells treatment?

 

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  1. Book Free consultation with us.
  2. Bring your MRI results. If you don’t have an MRI test done recently, don’t worry. Miami Stem Cell has partnered with imaging clinics to provide MRIs to our patients for as little as $200 per test. Ask us about our partnerships.
  3. Do a tumor marker test. This is a simple blood test that you will need to do prior to the procedure.
  4. Bring someone to drive you back home.

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