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Alternative Meniscal Tear Treatments

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Alternative medical procedures

There are some hopeful signs of scientific and medical progress. Why do so many of these procedures get off the ground in the US first?


A new meniscal repair device, called the BioDuct, will transport blood and cells from the vascular portion of the knee to the avascular portion of the meniscus. Supplied with blood and cells for healing, the previously untreatable meniscal tear now has the potential to heal and protect the joint over a sustained period of time. (not available in the UK?)

Menaflex™ collagen meniscus implant

More information on implants here. Menaflex (formerly CMI®) ( is a device designed to guide new tissue growth using the body’s own healing process in patients with an irreparable meniscus tear or loss of meniscus tissue. It provides a resorbable scaffold for the growth of new tissue in the meniscus. There are Menaflex devices designed specifically for use in the lateral meniscus and medial meniscus. This is a new meniscal implant in the UK. Only a few have been implanted so far (November 2008) and early functional outcomes are not yet available but reports on successful outcomes from the US are good.

A list of surgeons who can do the implant is here

Case studies

Mesoblast Limited Stem Cells Regrow Knee Cartilage In Severe Post-Menopausal Osteoarthritis

Stem Cell Cartilage regrowth

There are a number of procedures whereby your own stem cells are injected into the injured area and with some luck the tissue will regrow! Here is a short video of one procedure.

The Regenexx™ Procedure

Whereby your own stem cells are injected into the damaged area for self-repair.

Alternative and supplemental treatments

Various other alternative treatments that can be helpful in relieving knee pain include:

   * Acupressure. Pressing the Stomach 36 point located below the knee caps tones muscles and relieves joint pain anywhere in the body. Pressing the Spleen 9 points located below the kneecap on the inside of each leg relieves knee pain.
   * Acupuncture. Inflammation and pain may be relieved by acupuncture. The large intestine meridian is the most effective channel for pain relief. A National Institutes of Health consensus panel found that acupuncture may be an effective treatment for osteoarthritis pain.
   * Aromatherapy. Aromatherapy with essential oils is sometimes recommended. The essential oil of peppermint relieves pain and decreases inflammation. The essential oil of rosemary relieves pain and relaxes muscles.
   * Chinese medicine. Knee sprain and contusion (bruise) are treated by application of Shang Ke Xiao Yan Gao (Relieve Inflammation Paste of Traumatology) and ingestion of Die Da Wan (Contusion Pill). Once the initial pain and swelling have been reduced, the patient can apply Shang Shi Zhi Tong Gao (Relieve Damp-Inducing Pain Medicinal Plaster).
   * Exercise. Regular moderate exercise can reduce pain by improving the strength, tone, and flexibility of muscles. The endorphins released while exercising may also be helpful.
   * Food therapy. Following a detoxification diet may restore nutritional balance to the body and relieve joint pain. Animal proteins may induce joint pain caused by such inflammatory conditions as arthritis, so following a vegetarian diet may be helpful.
   * Homeopathy. Rhus toxicodendron is recommended for joint and arthritis pain that is worse in the morning and relieved by warmth. Kali bichromium is indicated for persistent, severe pain. Other homeopathic remedies can be designed for specific cases by a homeopathic practitioner.
   * Hydrotherapy. A warm compress can relieve joint stiffness and dull pain. A cold compress or ice pack can relieve sharp, intense pain.
   * Magnetic therapy. Magnetic fields may increase blood flow and block pain signals.
   * Massage. Joint pain may be relieved by massaging the area above and below the painful joint. Massaging with ice packs may interfere with pain signals and replace them with temperature signals.
   * Reflexology. Knee pain may be relieved by working the knee reflex points.
   * Rolfing. This deep, sometimes painful, massage therapy may speed healing and reduce pain.
   * Supplements. Knee pain may be relieved by taking vitamin C to promote healing, the B vitamins to balance the nervous system, which reduces pain, and calcium to increase bone strength.


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