The anterior cruciate ligament, or ACL, is the most important ligament in the knee. It runs directly through the center of the knee, and prevents the tibia from moving in front of the femur. It is also one of the most common knee injuries in both athletes and older adults.
As time goes on, the ACL is prone to damage, tears, arthritis, and inflammation. The more severe the damage, the more likely your doctor will recommend surgery as treatment. Surgery has long been the go-to strategy for repairing torn and damaged ACLs.
Skip ACL Surgery with Stem Cells
Surgery is sometimes necessary to help repair a torn ACL. But studies have shown that stem cells may be often a better option, even for complete tears. In fact, not only can they help repair the ACL – they may also be able to give you a better recovery.
Surgery has its own unique problems. Studies have shown that while surgeons can physically repair the ACL, they cannot always functionally repair the ACL. Athletes that return from ACL surgeries often have long term issues that may hamper their ability to play. In addition, those that have ACL surgery were found to be more likely to develop severe arthritis in their ACL joint when they get older – an issue that often also leads to surgery.
An alternative to ACL surgery that has rapidly gained popularity is stem cell therapy. The stem cells are taken from your own body (not embryos or umbilical cords) and injected directly into the ACL. The results have been outstanding, with nearly 70% of those that use stem cells seeing an improvement in their ACL:
These according to multiple objective and subjective measures. Several subsequent studies have confirmed or beaten these results.
Should You Consider Stem Cells?
Stem cells have many advantages that may make it possible to avoid surgery and avoid later-life development of arthritis. Some patients may still require surgery, but for many others, the use of stem cells for ACL partial and full tears may be a more affordable solution with a better recovery and less long term risk. It is certainly something you should consider for any ACL injury. Contact Ortho Stem Cell Atlanta at 678-726-8713 to learn more!