Knee Pain Conditions in Dallas, TX

Knee pain is one of the most common issues that we see at Atlas Medical Center and our providers have extensive experience in relieving chronic knee pain using non-surgical restorative, reparative and healing therapies.

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Do you suffer with from pain due to any of the following knee conditions?

  • Knee Degeneration/Arthritis/Bone on Bone
  • Meniscus Tear
  • ACL or PCL Injury
  • Chondromalacia

Our Approach

We know that our patients want long lasting relief and they want to be able stay active and not be sidelined, and that’s exactly what we strive to do. As such Atlas Medical Center is primarily focused on minimally invasive alternative procedures that can potentially improve your symptoms and help facilitate repair to the damaged structure in your knee without a lengthy recovery.  Our medical team’s approach is to use PRP, bone marrow cell therapy, and/or other restorative therapies to help accomplish these goals.  In addition, we always use ultrasound guidance for every knee injection so that the injectable is injected precisely into the area of the body to help establish an environment conducive to tissue healing and repair.

Non-Surgical Relief for Knee Pain Arthritis / Bone on Bone

Degeneration can occur in any of the joints in the body, especially those that experience lots of wear and tear. The knees are used in so many daily motions, feeling pain with each movement is debilitating. Joint degeneration generally develops over time, but can suddenly worsen and become more severe and disabling. Cartilage or other soft tissues within the knee joint can begin to dehydrate, deteriorate, or become damaged from some type of injury. These tissues provide a protective cushion between the bones for smooth movement. Once these start to wear down, or degenerate, friction within the joint can lead to inflammation, swelling, bone spurs, and other painful symptoms. Atlas Medical Center is primarily focused on minimally invasive alternative procedures such as Advanced Laser Therapy, PRP, Bone marrow cell therapy, Hyaluronan Knee Therapy and other Physiotherapies.  These therapies have the potential to help relieve knee joint pain and inflammation naturally, without the need for pain medications, steroids, or surgery. Over the years Atlas’ Program has helped many knee pain sufferers get out of pain and improve the quality of their life.

Non-Surgical Therapies for Knee Pain due to Meniscus Tears

The meniscus is located in the knee joint. It is a rubbery piece of cartilage that acts as the body’s shock absorber and also acts as a pad to stabilize and protect the knee. There are three degrees of meniscus tears: severe, moderate and minor. In general, a severe meniscus tear is when bits of ruptured meniscus enter the knee joint and affect the function of the knee causing unbearable pain. For example, if a piece of meniscus tissue gets lodged in the joint, not only will it cause pain, but it also prevents any movement in the knee. This is considered a ‘mechanical’ problem and oftentimes DOES require surgery to remove the meniscus fragment from the joint space. If the meniscus tear is not causing a ‘mechanical problem’, then the tear can oftentimes be treated conservatively.

On the other hand, with minor and moderate meniscus tears, the pain can be severe OR there may be NO pain associated with the tear. In fact, most people over the age of sixty have a meniscus tear in their knee and don’t even realize it’s there. When meniscus tears do cause pain, they can prevent you from twisting, sleeping comfortably, and performing and enjoying simple, normal everyday activities. It is important to note that these types of tears oftentimes do NOT need surgery. And many that do choose surgery unfortunately have to deal with the long-term implications of removing or cleaning out the meniscus.  Others diagnosed with meniscus tears will try physical therapy, rooster comb injections, cortisone injections and pain medications oftentimes with only temporary results. If you have pain from a meniscus tear it is important that you evaluate all of your options- including non-surgical options -such as PRP and bone marrow cell therapy.

A photo of JP, an Atlas Medical Center patientIt’s been incredible. Zero pain. I can now walk normal. I can play with the grandkids. I can take the dog for a walk with no pain. My wife is happy because I can go grocery shopping with her. It’s made a huge difference.

I was nervous [about the procedure]. I thought there would be long needles and lots of pain with it, but there was NONE OF THAT.

The procedure was simple. Very easy. It was not painful and I had no after effects from it. The same day that I had the procedure done I was already feeling at least 50% better, and I could walk close to normal right after the procedure.” — J.P

Disclaimer: Results vary. Please do not expect the same or similar results. As with any procedure there is a success and failure rate.

Pete Thomson, an Atlas Medical Center patient“After many years of running, I developed knee issues and was told I was a candidate for a knee replacement. With the help…from Atlas Medical Center, I’m getting pain relief and have avoided surgery.

Anyone with joint or spine issues needs to learn about Regenerative Medicine.” — Pete Thomson, The Consumer Team, as heard on KRLD

Disclaimer: Results vary. Please do not expect the same or similar results. As with any procedure there is a success and failure rate.

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Non-Surgical Therapy for Knee Pain from ACL or PCL Injury

The posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) and anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) are both major ligaments providing strength and stability within the knee joint. Ligaments are thick bands of tissue that connect bones. Injuries to these connective tissues are painful, debilitating, and have historically been a challenge to treat and heal. In the past, these kinds of injuries could cause what was considered permanent damage to the knee joints. Traditionally, the most common treatment for torn ligaments in the knee is arthroscopic surgery and reconstruction. Some recent studies have shown that years after these types of surgeries, the knee joint is actually worse.

Atlas’ Program uses procedures like Bone marrow cell therapy, Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy, Advanced Cold Laser Therapy, and Physiotherapy to offer non-surgical options for those suffering from knee pain due to knee injuries and damage to soft tissues in the joints.

Non-Surgical Therapy for Knee Pain from Chondromalacia

Also known as “runner’s knee,” chondromalacia is inflammation of the underside of the kneecap and deterioration of the cartilage that supports it. When this cartilage is damaged or wears down, it becomes difficult to bend and straighten out the leg. This condition is common among young athletes, but may also be present in older individuals with arthritis of the knee. For those suffering with pain from chondromalacia patella Atlas’ Program offers a natural alternative to pain medications, steroid injections, and surgery.

The Research

Published: Cytotherapy. 2018 Oct;20(10):1238-1246. doi: 10.1016/j.jcyt.2018.08.005. Epub 2018 Oct 11.
 Authors: Emadedin M, Labibzadeh N, Liastani MG, Karimi A, Jaroughi N, Bolurieh T, Hosseini SE, Baharvand H, Aghdami N.

Summary

In one recent triple blind, randomized, placebo-controlled study (this means that the patients nor the providers knew the type of treatment the patient would be receiving) forty-three patients diagnosed with moderate to severe knee osteoarthritis, were randomly placed in one of two groups. Nineteen patients received bone marrow derived mesenchymal stem cell injections in their knees and twenty four received normal saline injections (placebo). Six months later those that received stem cell treatments experienced significantly greater improvements in pain and function; and could walk further with less pain compared to those patients who received the placebo knee injection. There were no adverse events experienced with those that received the stem cell injection; therefore, they concluded that the stem cell treatment was safe and effective.

Published: Int Orthop. 2018 Nov;42(11):2563-2571. doi: 10.1007/s00264-018-3916-9. Epub 2018 Mar 27.
 Authors: Hernigou P, Auregan JC, Dubory A, Flouzat-Lachaniette CH, Chevallier N, Rouard H.

Summary

A randomized controlled clinical trial was carried out in 60 knees of 30 patients who had severe osteoarthritis in both knees due to osteonecrosis (bone death) as a result of taking too many corticosteroids (steroid injections or oral steroids) for severe medical conditions. All thirty patients received a total knee replacement in one knee; while the other knee received stem cell therapy. The results were as follows: A higher number of thrombolphlebitis was observed on the side of the total knee replacement (15%) versus none on the side with stem cell therapy (0%). At the most recent follow-up (average of 12 years later, some were seen at 8 years others at 16 years), six knees that had a total knee replacement needed subsequent surgery versus only one knee out of 30 needed another stem cell treatment. Twenty one patients (out of 30) preferred the knee that had stem cell therapy. Knees that had stem cell therapy had improvement in cartilage and bone marrow lesions in follow up MRI’s and X-rays. The bottom line? Bone marrow stem cell therapy was an effective long term treatment for knee osteoarthritis with a lower complication rate and a quicker recovery compared to total knee replacement surgery.

Published: Med Hypotheses. 2008 Dec;71(6):900-8. doi: 10.1016/j.mehy.2008.06.042. Epub 2008 Sep 10.
 Authors: Centeno CJ, Busse D, Kisiday J, Keohan C, Freeman M, Karli D.

Summary

Stem cells from bone marrow regenerated and increased meniscus cartilage volume in an adult human knee.

Published: Cartilage. 2011 Jul; 2(3): 286–299.
 Authors: Alberto Gobbi, Georgios Karnatzikos, Celeste Scotti, Vivek Mahajan, Laura Mazzucco, and Brunella Grigolo

Summary

15 patients were followed for 2 years. They were all operated for severe cartilage lesions in the knee. The study was done to determine the effectiveness of cartilage repair utilizing a 1-step surgery using stem cell therapy from bone marrow combined with a collagen matrix. Patient’s showed significant statistical improvement in all scores at their 2 year follow-up. MRI’s showed cartilage regeneration. No adverse reactions or postoperative complications were noted.

Published: Clin Med Insights Arthritis Musculoskelet Disord. 2013; 6: 65–72.
 Authors: Ross A. Hauser, MD and Amos Orlofsky, PhD

Summary

Seven patients diagnosed with hip, ankle or knee osteoarthritis received two to seven stem cell treatments over a period of 2 to 12 months. All patients reported improvements with respect to pain, and function. Three patients achieved complete or near-complete symptomatic relief, and two were able to resume vigorous exercise.

Published: Clin Med Insights Arthritis Musculoskelet Disord. 2013; 6: 65–72.
 Authors: James Holton, Mohamed A. Imam, and Martin Snow

Summary

Bone marrow derived stem cells have the potential to provide an easily accessible and readily available source of mesenchymal stem cells with key growth factors that can be used in treating cartilage injuries. This paper gives a thorough review of all studies that support bone marrow aspirates potential in repairing and regenerating cartilage damage.

Non-Surgical Therapy for Knee Pain Relief

At Atlas Medical Center, we have been helping patients get relief from knee pain even after other conventional treatments such as medications, cortisone injections, physical therapy and surgery have failed. Atlas’ Program is customized depending on your age, health, diagnosis, and the severity of your condition. The program may include one or more of the following procedures: Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy, Bone marrow cell therapy, Joint Fluid Knee Therapy, Advanced Cold Laser Therapy, and Physiotherapy. The integration of procedures allows us to help accelerate the healing process by enhancing the body’s ability to heal naturally. Our goal is to relieve pain, inflammation, and improve mobility and function to the injured area. In addition, our skilled and experienced Medical providers will perform all injections under ultrasound guidance leaving you confident that they are being injected into the TARGETED area— which allows for the greatest chance for success!

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