How Stem Cells Work

Nothing like a brisk Saturday morning run on the forest trail with the girls. Until you meet up with runner’s knee—that popping and cracking followed by swelling and grinding on the outside of your knee cap.

You don’t have to be running to hear the assailant—you can be walking, climbing, descending stairs, squatting, kneeling, sitting down or standing up, and sometimes simply sitting for a long time with your knee bent. The medical term is “patellofemoral pain syndrome” (if you were wondering), and it’s more common among women.

Health care providers say it accounts for about 17% of their patient visits. Why?

Unlike many other bones, your kneecap floats freely, moving back and forth as you bend your leg. When it’s out of alignment, it rubs against your thighbone. Ouch. Overuse, trauma, flat feet, weak thigh muscles, hip abductors, or plain old sloppy stretching can be behind all that swelling and throbbing.

So how do you get over it and catch up with your BFFs?

Traditionally, your healthcare provider would suggest “RICE” (rest, ice, compression, elevation) with some nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medication. But those little pills can cause some big heart problems, and according to WebMD, researchers don’t even fully understand how NSAIDs work.

Your Liveyon provider knows exactly how stem cells work.

In fact, 30 years of research has shown—quite systematically—how Mesenchymal Stem Cells treat knee pain, inflammation, and dysfunction: injured cells in your muscles, ligaments, tendons, joints, and bones send out signals

And the bonus? Because they tap your body’s natural ability to heal, they may modulate your immune system, preventing other ailments that can keep you away from your forest romps.