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Knee Injections – Why Stem Cells Are the Answer

Scott Brandt, M.D. Knee Replacement Alternative, Stem Cell Therapy, Stem Cells for Joint & Soft Tissue Pain, Stem Cells for Knee

ThriveMD is Colorado’s leading stem cell therapy for knee pain clinic with a large pool of satisfied stem cell patients. With facilities in Vail and Denver, severe knee pain, caused by injuries or wear and tear from activities such as golf or skiing, is one of the most common conditions we treat. Stem cell knee injections are becoming a popular answer to resolving acute and chronic knee pain.

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Why Patients Seek Out Knee Injections

Knee pain is one of the most common reasons patients seek out a consultation with their family doctor or an orthopedic surgeon. Rest, ice, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications, and physical therapy are typical first-line treatments for this condition. If these conservative therapies prove unsuccessful, which is often the case, more aggressive treatment most typically involves some sort of injection into the knee joint.

Short Term Pain Relief with Common Knee Injections

Corticosteroid medications are initially used to decrease inflammation and will often greatly reduce pain. Hyaluronic acid compounds are used to lubricate the joint space and potentially reduce the day-to-day wear and tear on the joint. Neither of these injections improve the cartilage structure and most often offer only short term improvements in pain and function.


X-ray guided injection of the medial joint space of the right knee with stem cells.

Long Term Regenerative Effects of Stem Cell Knee Injections

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On the other hand, adult stem cells harvested from one’s own body are the ultimate injection to reduce inflammation, diminish ongoing breakdown of the joint surfaces and most importantly – have the ability to produce new cartilage leading to lasting knee repair.

By combining A2M to our current ground breaking stem cell therapies we are capable of not only building new soft tissue, cartilage and tendon, but halting the degenerative arthritic process and further protecting the treated joint. Along with knees and other joints and soft tissue, we have been experiencing similar pain relief effects in our patients who utilized stem cell injections for back pain.

The Knee Pain Procedure with Adult Stem Cells

Adult stem cells are found in two primary locations: adipose (fat) tissue and bone marrow. The richest source of these cells are found in adipose tissue and to a much lesser (2000 fold) degree in bone marrow. Additionally, these stem cells carry no risk of rejection or transference of disease as they are harvested from the patient’s own body. At ThriveMD, we typically use a combination of both adipose cell and bone marrow concentrate in order to maximize the healing potential.

The minimally invasive procedure can be carried out in 2-3 hours and have you back in action within several weeks.

Should You Wait Until Your Knee Needs a Replacement?

I often hear patients talk about waiting for stem cell use until they are in need of a knee replacement; this is a common misconception about stem cells. While it’s true that stem cells may help avoid or delay the need for joint replacement, it is optimal to start treating the knee pain well before joint replacement is recommended. Treating the joint during the early stages of knee arthritis will provide the best chance of keeping the joint well-tuned and functioning into the later years of life.

*Individual patient results may vary. Contact us today to find out if stem cell therapy may be able to help you.

Why thriveMD

ThriveMD is your go-to provider for stem cell therapy for knee joint pain. We deliver the most powerful stem cell solutions available to maximize the results of any stem cell procedure. By combining the abundant stem cell count from fat-derived stem cells along with the benefits of bone marrow concentrate and placental derived growth factors, we are able to achieve the maximum healing potential available by stem cell injection.

In addition, Dr. Brandt’s injection skills are second to none. He has twenty-five years of image guided injection experience, which assures that the stem cells will be delivered to the targeted area of damage. The use of fluoroscopy, or live x-ray imaging, assures the most accurate needle placement for the treatment of knee pain.

Our friendly Patient Coordinators are always available to answer initial inquiries and to schedule patients for a thorough consultation and review of your imaging. If you want to find out if you may be a candidate for stem cell therapy, you can send your imaging to thriveMD for a free review.

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Patient from Castle Rock, CO uses stem cell procedure to avoid a knee replacement. – Patient Testimonial

Individual patient results may vary. Please contact us today to find out if stem cell therapy may be able to help you.

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Linda Gerrans
Linda Gerrans
19:37 14 Dec 17
When I was told by an orthopedic doctor I needed double knee replacement I chose stem cell therapy instead. Stem cell therapy has helped me get through my days without the pain I was experiencing and enjoy the activities I was unable to because of the pain.
John Beeman
John Beeman
23:05 08 Jan 17
I just wanted to give an update regarding the stem cell procedure performed by Dr. Brandt at Thrive about 3 years ago. My range of motion continues to improve--remarkable at 64.I skied 150k in 5 days last week and never iced my knee once. I can't remember skiing that many feet w/out having to ice in the last 20 years. The knee treated has been without an acl since I was 18 and is pretty severely arthritic,but I am getting better performance now than I have in recent memory. Thank you, Dr. Brandt!!
Lisa Harris
Lisa Harris
15:59 02 Jan 17
After struggling with an Achilles injury for 1 1/2 years and trying everything to heal it - steroid, physical therapy, wearing a boot, no activity, stretching, etc - I decided to have stem cell therapy at It was a short procedure and an afternoon of post op recovery, which after 6-8 weeks, resulted in a full recovery from my injury. This seemed to finally stimulate blood flow and healing to an injury I had resigned myself to having forever. I highly recommend this procedure for tendon injuries like this one.
Zvezdomir Zamfirov
Zvezdomir Zamfirov
03:55 14 Nov 16
I am a pain management physician myself. I am 52, and physically very active. I still play soccer competitively. Six months ago I suffered a hip injury with a labrum tear. Due to the pre-existing wear and tear, the only conventional treatment, which was offered to me was total hip replacement. I wanted to remain physically active and continue to play sports, so I decided that this is not the best option for me. I choose instead to try stem-cell therapy. Ten days ago I had my procedure done by Dr. Brandt, and since then I have nothing but positive things to say about him and his practice. Everyone in his office was extremely welcoming and put me at ease and comfort about my procedure. The procedure went very smooth. And I did not have ANY post procedure pain or discomfort. I had no need for any pain medication. I was back to work seeing patients on the 2nd day after the procedure. My hip already feels noticeably better. I have the second procedure scheduled in four weeks, and I am confident that in another 3-4 weeks I'll be back playing soccer again. Thank you, Dr. Brandt and team for taking such excellent care of me.
John Reilly
John Reilly
13:44 04 Nov 16
I saw Dr Brandt on 8/8/16 for a lower back stem cell injection. From the injection, I got a serious infection in my lower spine. As a result, I spent 2 days in the Vail hospital and have been on daily IV antibiotics for the past 8 weeks. A few weeks after the injection, I started feeling increased pain which was a different pain than before my injection. It was much sharper and a shooting pain. I communicated this information to Dr Brandt and his staff. There only response and treatment was stronger pain meds. oral and injected steroids (the worst thing to do when an infection is present). The pain became so intense and debilitating, I finally made an appointment with an orthopedic surgeon. Their team quickly discovered from listening to my symptoms and reviewing a new MRI that I had an infection. I also discovered from a search on DORA that over the past 13 years Dr Brandt's has a history of incidents with the DORA which regulates medical professionals. Over this time, his license was suspended for a period of time and is he currently practicing on probation through 2019. At one point, the AG said he was unfit to practice medicine.
Laurel Wilkerson
Laurel Wilkerson
21:22 08 Aug 16
Great job by the Thrive MD team in Edwards. With a torn achilles tendon, I was really opposed to surgery. When I discovered Dr. Brandt and team, I was thrilled. They are most professional and explained every step of the process and procedure for treatment options. I am on the road to recovery, and I am so thankful to have discovered Thrive. Before you let an orthopedic doc operate, take the time to explore and discuss stem cell therapy. Thrive MD made the process easy and convenient. Thanks! One year later update - ankle is doing great. Skied 52 days in 2015-16. Hiking, biking and all are no problem. Great team of caring people who know their business.
Brad Jones
Brad Jones
00:27 19 Feb 16
Dr. Brandt and his entire staff are amazing! Early in the ski season I had a partial tear in my ACL and thought I would be out until the next year for sure. However after consulting with Thrive MD they informed me that I was a good candidate for stem cell therapy. I went through the procedure and went from barely being able to walk with crutches to walking comfortably and normally within three weeks! I was back at work quickly and just got back on the mountain recently. My knee feels very solid and I have ZERO issues with it. Thank you Thrive MD for saving my ski season!
Karen Taylor
Karen Taylor
02:10 09 Dec 15
I am so happy to have found Thrive this past summer. After being told by 3 Dr's that I need a knee replacement I was feeling very discouraged. 2 1/2 years ago I had a very bad skiing accident and destroyed my tibial plateau. After surgery and physical therapy I was no where near where I wanted to be functioning physically. I couldn't hike, ski, or basically do anything active without constant pain. I went to Thrive and got my hormones balanced, got my energy level back up to where I like it to be and had several stem cell treatments on my knee. It was not an instant fix, but over the past 6 months it has continually started to feel better. I just skied 3 hard days in a row in Beaver Creek, with no swelling and very little pain! I am back to functioning at about 80% of my capacity. I'm thrilled with the progress and hope to continue to improve as I continue to be active this winter. I am so happy not to have a knee replacement and to be able to keep my own knee. Thank you Dr. Brandt.
Sylvia Baldwin
Sylvia Baldwin
00:00 26 Apr 15
Dr. Brandt is the best! I've been seeing him altogether for around 15 years now for corticosteroid injections for pain and would never want to see anyone else. He is very skilled with the needle and getting the injections done in exactly the right places. In addition, I've found Dr. Brandt to be a very concerned and caring individual; he's a great listener who clearly gives a lot of thought to what the best approach is going to be in dealing with the situation the patient describes. I've found that he always takes as much time as necessary to assess the situation; dealing with Dr. Brandt is such an entirely different experience than virtually every other meeting I've had with various surgeons and other M.D.'s. His staff is also very friendly, helpful and kind--as I said, he's the best...and well worth the drive to Edwards!
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