meniscus tearThe meniscus is a layer of tissue in the knee that absorbs the pressure and weight of the body during movement. This tissue protects the knee joint from excess wear and tear.

Tears of the meniscus can acutely occur with twisting motion of the knee. Chronic tears of the meniscus can occur as part of the progressive degeneration of the knee.  Symptoms of an acute tear can include pain, swelling, and catching sensation of the knee.

Classic symptoms and examination findings are very suggestive of a meniscus tear.  MRI imaging can more definitively diagnose a tear, xray will not since it does not clearly show soft tissue structures. Dynamic musculoskeletal ultrasound can sometimes show a meniscus tear as well, but MRI is still considered the appropriate and more definitive diagnostic study.

First line treatment for a meniscus tear includes physical therapy and wearing a knee brace that unloads and relieves pressure on the part of the knee that is damaged. If that is insufficient, then the Regenexx treatments are the next appropriate option.

Regenexx Same Day Stem cell protocol for Knee Meniscus tears

The Regenexx same day stem cell treatment protocol utilizes your own stem cells from your bone marrow aspirate concentrate to treat the meniscus tear. Precise targeting with the use of xray and ultrasound guidance allows delivery of your own cells into the region of injury in your knee.  For acute tears this may assist in the treatment process of recovery from an injury. For chronic meniscus injuries and knee degeneration the Regenexx protocol can improve the pain and functional limitation within the knee joint.

Role of Surgery in Knee Meniscus tears

Multiple studies from the last decade have documented the futility of arthroscopic surgery for meniscus tears if you have arthritis as well.  Removing this protective cushion in the knee will accelerate the degenerative process.  If you have catching symptoms from an acute traumatic tear of the meniscus, arthroscopic surgery may help to reduce the catching in the knee by cutting out the meniscus tissue that is torn.  Unfortunately the majority of surgeries for meniscus tears focus on removing tissue rather than reconnecting and fixing the tear.  A sensible adjunct to surgery in this case is to use the Regenexx treatment to place your own cells into an area that has been damaged and cut out. This synergistic process combines the best of both worlds- a surgery that acutely works with a biologic treatment to help treat the traumatic area with a focus on long term improvement.

Knee meniscus tears are treatable. Whether acutely torn or part of the degenerative wear and tear process of the knee joint, lower risk biologic treatments are available to assist your recovery process.

Disclaimer: Like all medical procedures, Regenexx Procedures have a success & failure rate. Not all patients will experience the same results.

  • Knee Meniscus Procedure Outcome Data

    This Regenexx bone marrow derived stem cell treatment outcome data analysis is part of the Regenexx data download of patients who were tracked in the Regenexx advanced patient registry following treatment for Meniscus Tears.

    View Knee Meniscus Procedure Outcome Data



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