Knees for Life

Let’s talk about knees. The knee is made up of four bones, three joints, and fourteen ligaments. It relies on twelve muscles to perform its function of allowing us to run, walk, use stairs, and bear weight up to five times the body weight. All of this to say: it’s a complex part of our body. Because of all these components, the chances of injury are high. The knee is one of the most common parts of the body to be injured.

A study by Alexandre Nicolini looked into knee injuries in athletes. Because of the increase in people performing sports, whether professionally or recreationally, the amount of joint injuries has increased significantly. The study aimed to conduct a cross-sectional analysis of the most common knee injuries in various athletes. They found that the complete ACL rupture is the most common injury among football, volleyball, and basketball players. The next most common injury was the meniscal injury in street runners. These ACL injuries are all too common, and an athlete’s nightmare. They often require costly surgery, months of recovery time and physical therapy, and a long break from the sport that the athletes love.  

As for meniscal injuries, it’s not just for street runners. Many older people are likely to have degenerative meniscus tears. Symptoms of this include pain, stiffness and swelling, and not being able to move the knee through full range of motion. These injuries can be repaired by surgery, or months of resting and icing. Although you will most likely be able to return to your activities, it may take a long time to fully recover.

For these common knee injuries and plenty more, Tri-Cities Regenerative Institute has a better idea. By having non-surgical procedures of injecting PRP or BioRenew into the knee, it can offer an easier and less invasive procedure, less recovery time, and a quick return to normal activities.