The Daily Prolonews – Meniscal Treatment – April 6, 2012
Knee Surgery vs. Prolotherapy
THE REDZONE OF THE MENISCUS IS THE MOST IMPORTANT PART TO PRESERVE DURING ARTHROSCOPY BUT PROLOTHERAPY IS A BETTER OPTION!
Although I write about the negative aspects of arthroscopy, trust me if I had a complete anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tear I would have it arthroscopically repaired. I guess my main criticism with arthroscopy is the fact that most folks going in for arthroscopy have the notion that the doctor is going to make the joint “healthier.” In reality, however, almost every study has shown “clean out” arthroscopy doesn’t help or in many instances sets the stage for osteoarthritis (OA) to develop.
Stem Cell Therapy for a Torn Meniscus
The meniscus is essential to knee function. There are two menisci in each knee, lining the inner surface and absorbing the shock in between the upper and lower leg bones. A torn meniscus is a common sports injury and source of chronic pain. The standard therapy for a torn meniscus is a partial or total meniscectomy – in other words they take some or the entire meniscus out. But as we already stated, the meniscus acts as a shock absorber in the knee. It also provides stabilization. So removing a torn meniscus removes shock absorption and stability. The results are instability in the knee, extra force on the cartilage of the knee, and inevitable degeneration of cartilage leading to osteoarthritis of the knee. Clearly a meniscectomy is not the answer to a torn meniscus.