One of the treatments for chondromalacia is PRP injections. This soaks damaged cells in a concentrate made of the patient’s own blood. First, the blood is extracted, then spun through a centrifuge to extract platelets. Then the concentrated mixture is injected into the troubled area of the patient’s body. The treatment is widely used in sports and can help with minor injuries or put off surgery for tougher injuries. Platelets play a significant role in repairing and regenerating tissue, so a PRP injection takes advantage of the body’s own healing process.
How Chondromalacia is Treated with Stem Cell Therapy (Regenerative Therapies)?
Another treatment for chondromalacia is stem cell therapy. Like platelet rich plasma injections, this is a cutting-edge treatment that focuses on regenerating tissue. Stem cell therapy stimulates growth of the knee cartilage and also strengthens nearby tendons and ligaments. Stronger ligaments and tendons in turn keep joints in correct alignment and thus protect the knee cartilage from friction damage. Chondromalacia is one of those conditions that has shown very favorable results with this therapy or when combined with platelet rich plasma injections.
Both treatments are especially appealing to patients who want to avoid surgery and there are many example cases that show patients getting improved function and faster healing after using either therapy.