All too often these days, someone with knee pain ends up at a clinic where they blindly inject something into the joint. However, real advanced orthobiologics care using PRP or stem cells involves placing these substances precisely in various parts of the knee. Let’s review of few of those spots:
Intra-articular or inside the joint
Intra-osseous or inside the bone
Into lax ligaments
Inside a damaged meniscus
Into frayed or damaged tendons
To get to these precise locations, imaging guidance in the form of ultrasound and/or fluoroscopy (real-time x-ray guidance) is needed.
If you or someone you know is thinking of getting their knee injected, make sure that the clinic has the training to be able to inject all of these spots. If not, then find a Regenexx clinic near you!
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Chris Centeno, MD is a specialist in regenerative medicine and the new field of Interventional Orthopedics. Centeno pioneered orthopedic stem cell procedures in 2005 and is responsible for a large amount of the published research on stem cell use for orthopedic applications.
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