Cartilage Repair

Cartilage repair restores damaged joint cartilage, addressing pain, stiffness, and reduced function. Treatments include surgical options like microfracture and autologous chondrocyte implantation, as well as non-surgical methods like physical therapy and regenerative medicine.

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Can a PRP Injection Help Your Knee Cartilage Health?

Can a PRP injection help your cartilage? While we’ve had some indications based on animal models that platelet-rich plasma probably helps improve the quality of cartilage, we have had no definitive human evidence. Now a new study using sophisticated MRI techniques adds to that evidence. Imaging and Measuring Cartilage How do we measure the quality…read more

Does PRP Make Cartilage Grow?

I get about yearly PRP injections into my aging knees. Why? Well, there’s been “a thing” hanging out there that maybe, just maybe, this might help protect the cartilage I have. Is this for real? Let’s review the research this morning. What Is PRP? Platelet-rich plasma is when a doctor concentrates your platelets in plasma.…read more

PRP Exosomes and Cartilage Repair

Platelet-rich plasma is the most commonly used regenerative treatment in the U.S. right now. In these past few years, exosomes have also been a hot topic. Does PRP have exosomes? If so, what can they do? Let’s dig in and review some new research. What Is an Exosome? An exosome is a small vesicle produced…read more

Are Umbilical Cord Stem Cells Better for Knee Cartilage Repair?

Let’s look today at two studies that posit an interesting question. They both ask if umbilical cord stem cells are better than the patient’s own bone marrow concentrate in healing a small cartilage lesion in the knee. This is an important topic because we have hundreds of crazy chiropractic clinics claiming that they are injecting…read more

Ask Dr. C- Episode 8- Bone on Bone and Cartilage Regeneration

Nothing in regenerative medicine is likely more misunderstood by doctors and patients than “bone on bone” knee arthritis. There are misconceptions about candidacy as well as what the patient can expect as far as outcomes. Hence, this is a great “Ask Dr. C” question. Dr. Centeno, ” you said that you have not been able…read more

Using Electromagnetic Fields to Enhance PRP Treatment May Be the Future

An electromagnetic field (EMF) uses both an electric and a magnetic field create either a static or moving (wave-like motion) force. While long-term exposure to strong EMFs has been linked to health risks, using low-frequency EMFs temporarily for diagnostic and therapeutic purposes in medicine has been shown to be beneficial in certain cases.

Can a Stem Cell Treatment Regenerate My Degenerated Disc?

Way back in 2006, I’m pretty darn sure we were the first clinic on earth to inject mesenchymal stem cells into a human disc. Our hope was that what happened in rabbits, dogs, and rats would happen in people. That patients with severely degenerated discs would grow new ones. Regrettably, that didn’t happen. Now new…read more

Riordan Medical Institute Review: Regrowing Lots of New Knee Cartilage?

A colleague just sent me a link to yet another amazing claim about treating knee arthritis, this time from the Riordan Medical Institute (RMI Clinic). In this case, the site claims to regrow up to 75% more knee cartilage. Is this real or hype? Let’s dive in. The Cartilage Thickness Claim that Began this Review A colleague this…read more
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