17 Sep PRP Treatments for Meniscal Tears
The meniscus is the knee cartilage that acts as a shock absorber and also protects the cartilage covering the top of the thigh bone and the shin bone. The meniscus is made of fibrocartilage, a fibrous bunch of collagen. When there is an injury to this meniscus or it gets torn, you experience knee pain. Since there is often not enough blood flow to the meniscus, it often does not heal properly.
Each knee has a meniscus, both at the outer edge and at the inner edge of the knee. These menisci can get torn due to injuries or degenerative conditions. A torn meniscus can prevent your knee from functioning properly. A meniscus tear occur suddenly, during activities like sports or exercise, or it can occur due to wear and tear over a long period of time.
During sports or exercise, hyperextending the knee, or twisting or turning too quickly can tear the meniscus. It can also tear due to repetitive stress which can wear out your meniscus and make it more vulnerable to tears.
Surgery is recommended only after conservative treatment options have been tried. However, while surgery may remove the torn pieces, it is not always an effective solution to tears.
Fortunately, modern regenerative medicine treatment options are now available to boost the healing of damaged tissues, such as the meniscus, in the body.
PRP or Platelet Rich Plasma treatments have shown to be highly effective in treating meniscus tears. PRP treatments are minimally invasive outpatient procedures. PRP injections can help stimulate natural healing in the injured meniscal tissue. PRP therapy also helps patients avoid the painful and lengthy recovery associated with meniscal surgery, as well as the long-term negative impact to the knee that comes with removing sections of meniscus.
To learn more about Platelet Rich Plasma therapy, such as PRP injections in Chicago, call The Regenerative Stem Cell Institute at 855-340-7836 Today!