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Stem Cell Breakthrough

Human Cartilage Grown From Bone Marrow Stem Cells for First Time

knee cartilage 1New advances in the science of regenerative medicine continue to astonish the medical community and offer hope to those suffering from chronic ailments and illnesses. Painful afflictions such as arthritis have been treated for years with pain medications and topical remedies with little hope for an actual cure. The British source reports on an extraordinary breakthrough in cartilage generation in this May 01, 2014 publication:

A groundbreaking study has developed a method of successfully growing fully-functional human cartilage in vitro from human stem cells derived from bone marrow tissue for the first time ever.

This new research, conducted by the Columbia University School of Engineering and Applied Science in the US and published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), could have significant implications for the future treatment of arthritis and musculoskeletal diseases.

Typically, the current approach to cartilage tissue engineering involves placing cells into a hydrogel and using nutrients, growth factors and mechanical loading to help them develop, but this produces mechanically weak cartilage when used with adult human stem cells.

For the new study, a method that more closely resembled the normal development of the skeleton was utilised. As such, the team allowed the mesenchymal stem cells to undergo a condensation stage – just as they do in the body – before starting to make cartilage.

Subsequent tests using the material showed its lubricative property and compressive strength approached those of native cartilage. The researchers were then able to regenerate large pieces of anatomically-shaped and mechanically strong cartilage over the bone, with the aim of repairing cartilage defects.

Next, the team will be be testing their engineered cartilage tissue to see if it maintains its structure and long-term function when implanted.

Study leader Gordana Vunjak-Novakovic, a professor of medical sciences at Columbia Engineering, said: “This could have clinical impact, as this cartilage can be used to repair a cartilage defect, or in combination with bone in a composite graft grown in lab for more complex tissue reconstruction.”

A spokesman for Arthritis Research UK said: “Engineered cartilage has to be strong and durable and to remain so when it’s re-implanted into an area of damaged cartilage in the body. It’s one thing to develop something that appears to have these qualities in a laboratory setting, but you have to be confident that it will be durable when used to treat a real-life patient.

“We’re hoping to show that stem cells from bone marrow, cartilage cells or a combination of both can be used to treat patients with early osteoarthritis in the not-too-distant future.”

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Stem Cell Breakthrough

Knee Pain

What is Knee Pain?

Orthopedic knee pain is one of the most common issues that limits movements in people and causes disability. The knees are one of the most important weight bearing joints along with hips and ankles. This joint also rotates and twists, providing full mobility to the legs. For performing these various movements, the knee relies on its various components comprising of tendons, cartilage, ligaments, and bones. It is obvious the knee is a complex joint, and when things go wrong with its components there is orthopedic knee pain.


Causes of Orthopedic Knee Joint Pain

  • Torn or swollen ligaments
  • Tear in the cartilage
  • Impact to the knee joint can cause bones to chip, and the fragments can get stuck in the joint causing swelling and pain
  • Overuse of the knee joint, repeated bending, or arthritic condition can cause irritation to the bursa, which is a fluid sac that protects and cushions the knee. This can cause the sac to swell and give pain
  • A tough tissue called iliotibial that goes from the hip down to the shin crossing the knee, can get swollen due to overuse and cause pain
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Partial dislocation of knee cap
  • Schlatter disease, which causes a painful bump on a tendon connecting the shin and kneecap

Knee Joint Pain Treatment

The type of knee pain treatment will mainly depend on the severity of the injury or condition. Many knee injuries are not serious, and can be treated at home. However, it is important to have your joints checked by a knee pain specialist. A knee pain doctor will be able to diagnose the exact cause or issue that is causing the pain in your knees and provide best course of treatment and can advise you on pain management.

When to Seek Knee Pain Treatment

You need to seek knee joint pain treatment from a qualified knee pain doctor when you experience the following symptoms:

  • You are unable to put weight on the knee without feeling pain
  • You experience pain even when you are sitting
  • Your knee joint gives way, locks or clicks
  • Your knee joint does not look right and you see some deformity
  • Swelling in the knee joint, or you experience heat in that area
  • You experience knee joint pain even after resting for a few days or after taking OTC pain medication

Greco Medical Group can Effectively Cure Knee Pain

Greco Medical Group has a team of knee pain doctors who are highly qualified and specialize in all issues concerned with the knees. We have not only made marvelous advancements in pain management techniques, but we also provide a range of minimal invasive treatments that can cure orthopedic knee pain permanently. At our center, our knee pain specialist will conduct a thorough examination of your knees, which can include MRI scans, X-rays, blood tests, and any other required tests. After considering your particular problem, an effective treatment plan will be suggested that is most suited for curing your condition.



Knee Pain

Knee Pain? Retired NBA Player Success Story

Marcus Liberty, former NBA player, suffered knee pain and limited movement after his NBA career. For years he was treated with a variety of medicines and injections without relief. This past year he was unable to run up and down a basketball court without suffering a great deal of pain, which was frustrating because he could not enjoy his passion. One month prior to this video Marcus was evaluated, had CRP injections at Greco Medical Group and these were his results.


Knee Pain? Retired NBA Player Success Story