Do Stem Cells Work on Knees?


If you’ve done a bit of research on non-surgical orthopedic treatments, you’ve probably come across stem cell therapy and its many potential benefits. Leveraging the natural restorative properties of stem cells, this treatment is a viable option for some patients with musculoskeletal injuries and degenerative diseases, including a handful of knee conditions. Let’s take a closer look at how several common knee problems can be addressed through stem cell therapy.

What Knee Conditions Can Stem Cell Therapy Treat?

Stem cell therapy involves injecting a concentrated amount of stem cells into an injured joint to help reduce inflammation, lessen pain, and slow tissue deterioration. While it is not recognized as a curative treatment, it can potentially benefit patients with knee conditions such as:

Meniscus Tears

The menisci are two C-shaped pieces of cartilage that cushion each knee joint, providing a buffer between the bottom of the thigh bone and the top of the shin bone. Among the most common knee injuries, a torn meniscus can occur when the knee suddenly and forcefully twists. Common symptoms of this condition include knee swelling, pain, stiffness, and difficulty fully straightening the leg.

Knee Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis of the knee is characterized by a slow degeneration of cushioning joint cartilage. While this condition cannot be reversed, the right treatment plan can help slow the progression of the disease, improve mobility, and reduce painful symptoms. Knee osteoarthritis is common in adults over age 50, although it’s possible for younger adults to develop this condition.

Knee Bursitis

The knee features several small, fluid-filled sacs known as bursae that reduce friction and help cushion joint structures. These sacs can sometimes become inflamed, causing pain, swelling, and reduced mobility. Common risk factors for knee bursitis include being overweight and playing sports or having jobs that require frequent knee bending or kneeling.

Stem Cell Therapy at Tampa Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine

Progressive musculoskeletal treatments such as stem cell therapy and platelet rich plasma (PRP) injections are available at Tampa Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine Group—the area’s longest operating orthopedic practice and a division of Florida Medical Clinic. Our team is led by two board-certified physicians: orthopedic sports medicine surgeon Dr. Daniel Murphy and sports medicine specialist Dr. Arnold Ramirez. When they’re not caring for patients at our clinic, you can find our physicians on the sidelines as medical providers for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and New York Yankees.

Our team at Tampa Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine Group encourages you to schedule an appointment if you’re interested in learning more about stem cell therapy for knee pain and whether or not it’s right for you. Contact us today, or request an appointment online. We look forward to helping you achieve your best orthopedic health!