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Osteoarthritis. The most common effect is inflammation. Inflammation causes pain, tenderness, swelling, and redness.

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PRP Therapy. These platelet cells are packed with healing and growth factors designed to help repair your injured area.

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Viscosupplementation is one of the most popular ways to lubricate and cushion worn out joints.

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Stem Cell Therapy can treat a wide range of Joint and Osteoarthritis Disorders. Don’t live with pain anymore!

Is Stem Cell Therapy Really The Alternative To Joint Replacement?

For years, the only long-term treatment option for osteoarthritis or bone on bone joint problems was joint replacement…typically knees and hips. Then, viscosupplementation came along, where hyaluronic acid was injected into the joint capsule. This lubricated the knee to facilitate better movement and relieve pain, but it wasn’t a long-term solution.

the top 4 questions to ask a medical facility about joint painIn my last article, An Alarming Trend In Joint Replacement Surgeries, I talked about how knee replacement surgeries alone are projected to increase to 3.48 million procedures per year by 2030. This is a scary prospect given the risks of this type of surgery…anesthesia reactions, infections, blood clots, rejection of the artificial joint, just to name a few.

Even with all these risks, many people still don’t know that there is another option and are going under the knife daily.

But, thanks to advancements in modern medicine, stem cell therapy is emerging as a viable candidate to stop that alarming statistic in its tracks.

 

How Does Stem Cell Therapy Work?

 

Stem cells are essentially the “building blocks” of our body. Stem cells are found in our bone marrow, blood, and adipose tissues. They come from the same family of cells that form joints, cartilage, menisci, ligaments, muscles and bone.

As we age, our bodies continue to produce these stem cells to treat and maintain our bodily systems. By extracting these stem cells from a patient’s own adipose tissue and injecting them into the damaged joint, new cartilage can actually be regenerated.

 

How We Know It Works?

 

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In a 2008 study by Dr. Christopher Centeno reported in the The American Journal of Case Reports, mesenchymal stem cells were obtained and injected into a patient’s knee along with autologous platelet lysate to enhance growth. MRI imaging was done pre and post treatment to analyze changes.

The results showed that the cartilage had increased in volume, the size of the defect in the cartilage had been reduced and pain in the patient had decreased to 0 on a scale of 10.

While a patient will typically require multiple treatments to “build up” cartilage, this study shows that it can be done.

 

What is Stopping People From Getting Stem Cell Therapy as an Alternative to Joint Replacement?

Knowledge – As we already discussed, many people are not aware of stem cell therapy as an alternative to joint replacement.

Doctors – Orthopedic surgeons perform joint replacement surgery, so they will recommend what they know and what they do. Medical practices are also a business. According to Medical Group Management Association’s 2015 Provider Compensation and Production Survey Report, general orthopedic surgeons make an average of $421,000. So, is it surprising that they would recommend surgery?

Insurance – Insurance companies haven’t caught up with this advancement in medicine yet, so these treatments aren’t covered yet. This may be another reason why doctors may not recommend it yet.

 

Benefits of Stem Cell Therapy

stem-cell-joint-replacementThe benefits of stem cell therapy are significant:

Relatively Quick Procedure – Doctors that perform this treatment have the equipment and labs in-house, so the outpatient procedure can be done in a few hours.

Reasonable Cost – Many doctors will do a free initial consultation and exam. Treatment will typically cost between $1,500 to $8,000, depending on your specific situation. Finance options are usually available also.

Natural Therapy – Each patient’s own stem cells are being used for the treatment. No synthetic or donor cells are used.

Minimal Risk – While there is a small risk of infection from the injection, this is very uncommon.

Minimal Recovery Time – Unlike surgery, with stem cell therapy, the patient walks in and out of the procedure on their own. Their daily routine typically stays the same. In a few weeks, they begin to increase their activity levels and return to normal

Final Thoughts

It is the responsibility of each patient to do their due diligence and research alternative treatments before opting for surgery.

The promise of stem cell therapy means that patients will have a more natural and less risky alternative to joint replacement surgery.

Let’s hope that more doctors and insurance companies finally catch on and realize that this is the medicine of the future.

 

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An Alarming Trend In Joint Replacement Surgeries

If you are over the age of 50, chances are that you know someone who has had knee or hip replacement surgery. Just look at these statistics.

According to UpToDate, “Approximately 700,000 knee replacement procedures are performed annually in the US. This number is projected to increase to 3.48 million procedures per year by 2030.”

According to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), more than 300,000 total hip replacements are performed each year in the United States.

So, what does all of this mean? With each new year, more and more people are having invasive joint replacement surgeries.

 

An Alarming Trend

 

joint-replacement-surgeriesIt used to be that only older people would need to get these types of surgeries, but now we are seeing people in their forties having them done.

A study presented at the 2014 American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) meeting indicated that there was a 188% increase in knee replacements over a 10-year period for people aged 45 to 64.

According to AHRQ, mentioned above, hip surgeries increased 205% over a 10-year period for people 45 to 54.

Why are the patients having full joint replacements getting younger?

Dr. Mark Pagnano, chairman of the department of orthopedic surgery at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota., says that the growing number of cases of arthritis is a major factor in the trend. Higher numbers of active people translate into more arthritis that causes wear and tear.

Add in the increasing rate of obesity and the stress it puts on the joints, and you can see why the prediction of 3.48 million knee replacements isn’t out of the realm of possibility.

 

Why Should We Be Concerned?

 

So, why is the fact that joint replacement surgeries are being done at younger ages a concern? Because there are inherent risks in having joint replacement surgery:

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  • Anesthesia Reactions
  • Infections
  • Blood Clots
  • Fracture
  • Dislocation
  • Loosening
  • Loss of Motion
  • Damage to nerves or blood vessels
  • Allergy to the Artificial Joint
  • Rejection of the Artificial Joint

In addition to all of those risks, many patients don’t realize that the artificial joints that are put in don’t last forever. The lifespan of an artificial joint is typically 10 to 20 years.

So, if a person has a knee or hip joint put in at the age of 45, chances are they will be having a revision surgery done on the same joint by time they are 65.

In revision surgery, your doctor removes some or all of the parts of the original prosthesis and replaces them with new ones.

Although both procedures have the same goal—to relieve pain and improve function—revision surgery is different than primary total knee replacement. It is a longer, more complex procedure that requires extensive planning, and specialized implants and tools to achieve a good result.

The bottom line is this…once you take the joint and replace it with a prosthesis, there is no turning back. You have set yourself on the path of multiple surgeries.

 

There Is Hope

 

Many cases of joint replacement are done because of wear and tear of the cartilage, which leads to “bone on bone” conditions.

Advances in regenerative medicine are showing promise for alternative treatments to surgery. Studies are showing that stem cell injection therapy can actually regenerate cartilage.

The result of one such study, by Dr. Chris Centeno, showed “at 24 weeks post-injection, the patient had statistically significant cartilage and meniscus growth on MRI, as well as increased range of motion and decreased modified VAS pain scores.”

With results like this, many people who would normally get joint replacement surgery may instead opt to get stem cell injections. And, with that promise, let’s hope that scary prediction of reaching 3.48 million knee replacement procedures by 2030 never comes to fruition.

Stay tuned…

 

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Does TV Binge Watching Cause Inflammation

Many doctors in all avenues having been sounding the alarm about the effects of sedentary behavior on our health. But recently, a team of doctors have measured the impact through a recently published study.

What the Studies Say

tv-binge-watching-inflammationAn Australian research team has linked the risk of developing inflammatory diseases to excessive hours of sitting, particularly as related to TV binge watching……….and Netflix may never be the same.

Researchers followed nearly 9,000 adults and tracked the number of hours they spent each day sitting and watching television. Every hour of sitting increased their risk of developing an inflammatory disease by 12 percent.

Naturally, those that spent more than four hours a day sitting and watching TV were at greatest risk. Patients were followed, and at 12 years after the study, about 10 percent of the subjects had died. Of those that had passed away, 130 /909 people died of inflammatory diseases.

 

Why Being Sedentary Causes Inflammation?

Under normal conditions, inflammation is a natural response to a harmful event; the body releases chemicals that help the body recover. When people are sedentary for long periods of time, these chemicals hang around for too long and can cause disease.

Doctors don’t understand all the mechanisms for why sitting causes these chemicals to hang around, but they’re learning through research.

In one study conducted in the United Kingdom, subjects were asked to self-report how much time they spent sitting during the week. Researchers used the standard International Physical Activity Questionnaire to log how much sitting and physical activity each person did.

Researchers then measured blood values of inflammation markers like leptin, C-reactive protein and interleukin-6 (IL-6). In 500 individuals, sitting time was associated with higher levels of these biomarkers. Females had significantly more biomarkers present than men did. By hanging around in the blood stream too long, these biomarkers created a situation of low-grade inflammation, particularly in women.

 

How Biomarkers Affect Your Joints

There are many diseases that are characterized as inflammatory in nature, and many of these diseases affect the bones and joints.

Osteoarthritis (OA) is a global epidemic. Doctors and researchers have shifted their thinking about the disease. Once thought to be strictly caused by mechanical “wear and tear”, research now indicates that OA is really an inflammatory disease by nature.

These same biomarkers wreak havoc in the joints, creating the pain, stiffness and loss of mobility that so often characterizes OA.

 

What You Can Do About It

Doctor Examining Male Patient With Knee PainDoctors are working to develop tests that could identify inflammation at its first stages, when it first becomes a problem, and before it becomes chronic. The rapid development and acceptance of regenerative therapy treatments like stem cell therapy and PRP can be helpful in reducing chronic pain for those already afflicted with such maladies.

Until researchers have more information, there is still a lot you can do to help yourself and your situation.

Lifestyle changes can perhaps be the first line of defense. Changing habits can include:

  • Limit the amount of time you’re sitting or otherwise sedentary.
  • Get moving!
  • Introduce daily walks into your schedule. Moderate walking for as little as 20 minutes per day can rev up your metabolism and work wonders to prevent inflammation from setting in.
  • If you’re one to watch television several hours per day, get on the treadmill and watch your favorite shows while you’re moving.
  • Control your weight by eating a healthy diet; obesity also causes inflammation biomarkers to run out of control.

Remember, small changes can have a big impact over time!

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What Is Regenerative Therapy?

Debilitating stiffness, throbbing achiness, swelling and redness from inflammation are some of the symptoms acute and chronic musculoskeletal sufferers endure. This includes the joints, bones and muscular system. Recent advancements in alternative regenerative therapy treatments offer new hope for pain sufferers.

Left untreated, these conditions can manifest in the form of arthritis, including osteo and rheumatoid, carpal tunnel syndrome, or knee, back, neck and shoulder pain just to name a few. Aging, genetics, trauma, obesity, repetitive actions on the job or in sports are typically the causes.

According to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS), “One in two Americans has a musculoskeletal condition. This adds up to a staggering $213 billion dollars for treatment, rehab and unemployment cost, stated in a report by the United States Bone and Joint Initiative (USBJI).”

 

What You Should Know About Orthopedic Surgery

 

regenerative-therapyConditions involving the musculoskeletal system can lead to further degeneration and threaten your quality of life. Not being able to participate in the activities you once engaged in could be devastating and depressing. It is understandable that individuals experiencing excruciating pain and limited mobility would seek a physician and perhaps feel the need to schedule an appointment for invasive surgery.

But, not so fast, it would a good idea to determine if there are other options to regenerate your affected area.

In a 2017 online blog post for Reader’s Digest, 50 Secrets Surgeons Won’t Tell You, Dr. Kevin B. Jones shares one of the secrets by saying that some problems you just cannot fix well with surgery like many cases of back pain.

It is important to recognize that most doctors are encouraged to perform surgery; that is their training. Many will not even suggest alternative methods. You can find out more about the reasons here.

Fortunately for people with musculoskeletal disorders, there are Orthopedic Specialists who offer Regenerative Therapy, with proven results to provide relief for their patients.

 

What Is Regenerative Therapy?

 

In the 1990s, Regenerative Therapy gained popularity in medical circles and provided hope for those afflicted with conditions, like musculoskeletal difficulties.

You could characterize Regenerative Therapy as being able to restore damaged body parts, tissues or organs with harvested or engineered cultures from the patient’s own body.

Two groundbreaking treatments involving stem cells and platelet rich plasma have emerged that have changed the landscape of regenerative therapy.

 

Two Groundbreaking Treatments

 

These two procedures are quickly becoming sought-after treatments within the medical field. The idea that an Orthopedic Surgeon can retrieve, isolate and inject components from your own body to repair damaged areas in your system is exciting, even after being in use for a couple of decades.

Adult Stem Cells and Platelet-rich Plasma (PRP) have studies backing them, which shows the benefits of these two therapies for various orthopedic problems.

In fact, one clinical trial concluded PRP injections benefited patients with osteoarthritis. The treatment proved to be safe and effective with no known side effects.

More individuals in the world of sports are rejecting the traditional method of receiving invasive surgery when they have injuries. Instead, they are going to progressive physicians using these types of rejuvenating methods.

In fact, sports figures, including Tiger Woods, Garrett Richards, Kobe Bryant, Peyton Manning and Maria Sharapova, have used stem cells and/or platelet-rich plasma with wonderful results.

 

Adult Stem Cells in Regenerative Therapy

 

adult-stem-cells-regenerative-therapyThere is a debate about when stem cells were discovered, but most people in the scientific community agree that it was in the 1960s, when scientists Ernest McCulloch and James Till detected the hematopoietic stem cell in mice.

For an element to have the classification of a stem cell, it must be able to renew itself by dividing into more cells and change into other cell types, including into the structures forming the ligaments, bone, cartilage, muscle, etc.

Currently, some health care practitioners dealing in regenerative therapy use adult stem cells and the numbers are increasing.

The process of using adult stem cells for restoring or repairing injuries in Orthopedic Medicine consists of drawing stem cell containing tissues such as bone marrow or adipose tissue (fat) from the body, this tissue is processed to isolate and concentrate the stem cells.

The stem cells are then taken and injected into the injured area, such as a knee joint which immediately encourages the body to begin the rejuvenation process.

 

Restoration With PRP

 

Platelet-rich Plasma is full of elements like proteins and peptides that promote healing of the damaged tissues.

This process begins with blood being drawn from the patient and placed in a centrifuge to separate the platelets, plasma and red blood cells.

The outcome is a concentration of platelets, growth factors and plasma, which is introduced back into the patient’s problem area. This starts the repairing of the tissues.

A combination of both therapies can be even more potent in obtaining recovery.

 

Finding the Best Physician for Regenerative Therapy

 

It is essential to select the proper medical practitioner when you want PRP or stem cell therapy. Look for one who has experience doing these procedures and is willing to let you speak to past patients.

Don’t forget to ask them about their physical experience having the injections, recovery time and results.

Often these patients will tell you that they would opt to have a regenerative therapy over traditional surgery any time.

 

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Garrett Richards Spring Return

Garrett Richards’ remarkable comeback story continues.

Updating a story that we have been tracking on the high profile Major League Baseball pitcher, Richards returned to the mound this spring, months ahead of schedule after a devastating torn UCL injury last year. Richards opted for a combination of stem cell therapy and PRP Therapy over the traditional Tommy John ligament replacement surgery that has been commonplace for these types injuries over the last 40 years.

The ace pitcher of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim continued his return to the Angels rotation this spring. In a cactus league game on March 16th, Richards velocity reached 98.5 MPH on the Tempe Diablo Stadium radar gun.

Richards improbable return is turning heads in major league circles and his early return will be a major storyline this season.

 

Why Did Richards Choose Stem Cell Therapy?

Garrett Richards faced a difficult choice after being diagnosed with a partially torn UCL last May: Undergo Tommy John surgery and, at earliest, return following the 2017 All-Star break or follow the advice of his doctors at the Kerlan-Jobe clinic in Los Angeles, and try to salvage the ligament with stem cells.

Ironically, Dr. Frank Jobe is the doctor that performed the first successful surgery on Tommy John in 1974.

Why stem cells?

Richards on the advice of his doctors, took a chance on stem cell therapy, because of the promise of a quicker healing time, and because it is a less invasive treatment. For Richards it was a risk worth taking, and right now is looking like a great decision, one that might change the way these injuries are routinely treated in the future.

Stem cells are the body’s own repair kit. When you receive an injury, your body’s stem cells rush to the injured area and start the healing process. Sometimes your own stem cells cannot get through to the injured area due to the amount of damage from the injury or surgery.

Modern stem cell therapy techniques harvest stem cells directly from the patient’s own body. This is a quick and safe process that involves the gathering of fat cells — also known as adipose tissue — from a patient, which are loaded with stem cells. Another form of the treatment harvests stem cells from the patient’s bone marrow. The extracted cells are concentrated by placing them in a centrifuge, and then injecting them back into the injured part of the body.

In Richard’s’ case, bone marrow was used. From a Yahoo article on the Richards’ procedure“On the day he hoped would save his elbow, Garrett Richards laid face down on a table with his back exposed. A doctor guided a needle into the iliac crest of his pelvic bone and began to extract bone marrow.”

 

Garrett Richards is a Believer

At the time of the injury, Richards’ decision was considered risky. Richards is not the first MLB pitcher to opt for this surgical alternative. As we reported last May, Mets pitcher Bartolo Colon had the stem cell treatment in 2010 to repair a torn rotator cuff and an elbow injury.

Richard’s case was different because he is in his prime, and facing the prospect of a two-year layoff, was sure to cost the ace pitcher a significant amount of time and money. The success of the treatment has brought Richards back to the mound much quicker than the recovery time for Tommy John surgery.

It is estimated that the earliest possible return to working out and throwing would have been late summer of this year. He most likely would not have been able to play this season. The most optimistic prognosis would have been a return to the rotation sometime in September of this year. The Angels most likely would not have rushed him, so a 2018 return would have been most probable.

“After apparently succeeding with this still-unusual treatment combination, Richards is hoping other pitchers with elbow problems will consider every possible path back to the mound.

“If you can prevent being cut on and having surgery, that’s the No. 1 priority,” Richards said. “I hope guys don’t just jump right into Tommy John. I hope they at least explore this option. Figure out what you’ve got. Get a second opinion. … It’s only gotten better since it happened, so I’m a believer.” (Source: USA Today)

 

Good News for Pain Sufferers

The good news for pain sufferers is that stem cell treatment is becoming more available as an alternative treatment to surgery for a wide variety of injuries and ailments. It is quickly becoming the future of how injuries are treated, providing an alternative to more invasive surgeries.

For individuals suffering from any of the following injuries: sports injuries, back, rotator cuff, hip, arthritis, shoulder or are considering hip replacement or knee replacement surgery, stem cell therapy may provide you with the relief that you are looking for.

Speak with a specialist to determine if stem cell therapy may help you lead a pain free life.

 

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Anterior Cruciate Ligament Treatment Options

An anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tear is one of the most feared injuries and it is very common among athletes and active individuals. According to the National Institute of Health (NIH), there are approximately 150,000 surgical reconstructions performed each year.

anterior cruciate ligament treatment optionsThe ACL is important for knee stability and for preventing forward motion of the knee when stopping or turning. If you’re a sports fan, you have probably seen the many instances where a torn ACL has been labeled a “season-ending injury” for an athlete.

Recovery from a torn ACL is usually difficult and can take a long time. It does not heal on its own, so surgery was the only option for a long time.

Recent advancements with stem cell therapy and Platelet Rich Plasma therapy (PRP) offer a viable alternative for individuals who may be considering surgery due to a partial or complete non-retracted ACL tear.

These alternatives may allow patients to avoid the lengthy periods of downtime and painful ACL surgery rehabilitation that follows traditional invasive anterior cruciate ligament surgeries.

 

How Does Stem Cell Therapy Work?

Stem cells are what the body uses to repair itself. They exist in the body’s bone marrow as well as in the muscles, skin and fat tissue.

Stem cell therapy is a simple process, broken down into the following three steps:

The stem cells are extracted from the patient’s body

Stem cells are extracted from the patient’s own body via fat cells — also known as adipose tissue. Adipose tissue is loaded with stem cells. Fat is typically drawn from the stomach or hip area to harvest the stem cells.

The stem cells are prepared for use

The fat that is extracted from the patient is processed with special enzymes to separate the stem cells from the fat and then placed in a centrifuge to prepare it for reinjection into the affected area.

The active stem cells are reintroduced back into the patient’s body

In the final step, the stem cells are injected into the patient’s body at the site of the joint problem. Image guidance technology is used to accurately pinpoint the where the stem cells need to be administered.

Stem cells act like the body’s own repair system. Once they are injected into the affected area, they start to go to work and seek to repair the damaged tissue and even regenerate muscles and tendons.

In most cases, it is possible to complete the entire procedure in approximately four hours.

 

Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy Overview

PRP therapy involves using a patient’s blood to treat an affected area. Under normal circumstances, the body responds to an injured area by sending platelet cells to the site of the injury.

These cells are loaded with healing growth components that help your body to repair damaged tissue such as a ligament. They stimulate the stem cells in the area so that they work harder to repair the tissue or ligament.

With PRP therapy, a patient’s blood is extracted. The extracted blood is then spun in a centrifuge. The spinning separates the platelets, and produces platelet rich plasma. This plasma is then injected into the knee. Most patients will see an improvement within 6 weeks of the procedure. Some patients continue to see improvements up to nine months after the administration of platelet rich plasma treatments.

In most cases, platelet rich plasma therapy consists of three injections over three months. Each procedure will take between one and two hours, which includes the time taken for PRP preparation and the procedure.

 

Benefits of treatment for ACL Injuries

Although you can go home on the same day as surgery, recovering from anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) surgery is not a quick process. From the time, you first undergo surgery through full rehabilitation, the process can take up to six months or more.

Current accepted medical theory concludes that ACL tears simply won’t heal without surgical intervention, however recent medical studies shows that stem cell therapy can help a patient heal faster and with potentially greater structural integrity than with ACL surgery.

Additionally, the fact that you can exercise earlier prevents your muscles from atrophy, which usually results in a faster return to normal activity.

Consult a specialist to find out whether stem cell therapy and/or platelet rich plasma therapy will be effective for treating your injury.

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Stem Cell Therapy For Thumb Injuries

Thumb injuries can occur when you least expect it, during skiing, workouts, gaming, redundant work and various other ways. Fingers and thumbs are part of what make humans special compared with most animals, as they help us do things other creatures cannot do. Damage to any part of the hand can be painful both physically and emotionally

The GOOD NEWS is that recent advancements and successes with stem cell treatments have provided hope for people afflicted with nagging hand injuries.

Understanding Stem Cells

Adult stem cells, unlike embryonic stem cells, are contained in adult bone marrow, fat, tissues and organs. These stem cells can be used to repair damaged tissue. They have been nicknamed the “body’s own repair kit” for how effective they are in treating a variety of ailments.

Stem cell therapy involves stimulating the natural healing process for difficult injuries through injecting adult stem cells into damaged areas of the body. Initially, the stem cells are harvested from your own Adipose fat tissue. (Typically around your stomach or hip areas).

Once the adipose tissue has been gathered, the stem cells are separated by spinning them in a centrifuge. They are then ready to be reintroduced to the patient’s body.

By introducing stem cells to injured tissue, the process can either accelerate an otherwise slow healing process or allow the body to heal tissue that would have otherwise remained damaged permanently.

Medical advancements in stem cell therapy have been remarkable for the advancement of non-invasive medical treatments.

Instead of opting for surgery, which is usually the only option many doctors present, patients now have safe, natural and effective alternative for joint disorders and beyond.

Los Angeles Angels pitcher Garrett Richards is a recent high profile example of the success of stem cell treatment for a torn UCL in his pitching arm. The devastating injury usually requires Tommy John surgery. Successful stem cell treatment allowed Richards to avoid surgery and return to the field in half of the usual recovery time. He will be ready to resume his role as the Angels ace in spring training.

Common Thumb Injury Causes

Various thumb injuries that can hamper everyday activities include cuts, sprains, tears, fractures and torn ligaments, which often affect skiers.

stem-cell-therapy-for-thumb-injuriesLigament tears, while not as common as sprains, can be devastating to overall health and wellness, and certain activities can increase the likelihood of a long-term injury.

A very common thumb injury from skiing (known as “skier’s thumb“) occurs when the ulnar collateral ligament, which helps connect the thumb and hand, is sprained.

Another growing cause of hand injuries is connected to the rising popularity of gaming. Gamer’s Thumb” is a very real condition that can have long-term effects on the hands and upper arms if the proper precautions are not taken.

“Gamer’s Thumb” is a repetitive stress injury (RSI) that causes swelling at the base of the thumb due to overuse of video games and hand-held devices.

RSI is an umbrella term for a collection of disorders most commonly affecting the hands, wrists, forearms, and shoulders. Symptoms can range from fatigue and loss of strength to minor aches and pains, burning, and tingling.

Other common causes of thumb injuries include:

  • arthritis
  • falling to the ground
  • getting hit with a high velocity baseball
  • cuts from sharp knives or tools like saws
  • accidentally hitting your thumb with a hammer
  • losing grip on rope
  • dropping heavy equipment

 

Treatment for Thumb Injuries

Depending on the severity of the thumb injury, traditional treatment ranges from bandages to orthopedic surgery. Patients, however, also have a more modern option, which is stem cell therapy.

Stem cell therapy is replacing traditional surgical treatments at a rapid pace for a wide array of conditions, including back, hip and knee injuries. The shift to this method has been visible with high profile athletes, such as Michael Jordan, Jack Nicklaus and Emmitt Smith.

Stem cell treatment has helped accelerate recovery for several sports figures, making it vital to their careers. But before a physician can usually determine if this innovative therapy is appropriate, he or she must give you a full evaluation.

The medical profession is very optimistic about the future of stem cell treatments, particularly how they can reduce human disease and suffering. It is a very promising procedure for arthritis patients.

A key reason why stem cell treatment is growing in demand and being favored by the medical community is that side effects and risks of rejection are minimal.

If you are suffering from a thumb injury, speak with a medical professional today to determine if stem cell therapy is right for you.

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Alternative Treatment Options To Hip Surgery

Concerns about costs, complications (including equipment failures) and recovery from surgery have led hip pain sufferers to seek alternative options to hip surgery.

According to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, more than 300,000 total hip replacements are performed each year in the United States.

New treatment options such as stem cell therapy and platelet rich plasma therapy (PRP) have emerged as viable treatment alternatives to hip surgery and doctors and patients are seeing positive results.

WHY IS YOUR HIP SO PAINFUL?

The hip joint has cartilage just like any joint and this shock absorber can be worn away or torn through trauma. Less cartilage can mean pain and swelling, which is usually low to mid level aching and stiffness.

The hip joint tends to lose cartilage much more quickly and have more bone problems than other joints. Arthritis suffers can attest to this, bones can be strong, but reduced cartilage is the real problem.

Hip impingement occurs when either the ball or the socket have bone spurs or bigger areas that can wear down the labrum and joint. One concern based upon recent studies, is that this problem may be over diagnosed, leading to unnecessary replacement surgery.

AVN (avascular necrosis) or osteonecrosis is a disease whereby the hip bone begins falling apart. As cartilage deteriorates in the hip joint, the underlying bone becomes exposed. The irregular surfaces and the inflammation associated with bone moving against bone leads to pain and stiffness. The ball in socket joint becomes more like a square peg in a round hole causing pain that typically occurs in the groin or the side of the hip.

What Are the Risks Associated with Hip Replacements?

Surgery may not be the first, best option for hip pain sufferers if you consider all the variables.

There are other viable treatment options for hip replacements, but more on that in little bit.

treatment-options-for-hip-replacementHip surgery is considered major surgery, with anesthesia risks, post op pain, a one to four-day hospital stay, and a long recovery time.

The hospital stay won’t be just about watching the few TV channels in your room, the doctor will expect you to be up and walking that same day, or at best, the day after. You will be expected to walk with a cane or walker, climb two or three stairs and do some exercises that will be continued at home.

Returning home after surgery is no cakewalk either. Is the furniture arranged so you can get around? Simple things such as your toilet seat height become more important.

Somebody will need to be there to assist you for a week, possibly two and forget about driving for a period of time. If the surgery was on your right hip, your driving could be restricted as long as six weeks. You should not drive if you are taking narcotic pain medicine, and there could be auto insurance implications if you aren’t cleared by your doctor to drive.

Your first follow-up appointment will happen somewhere between six and twelve weeks after surgery, and this is a time when many eager patients ask about returning to sports, sexual activity, and other physically intensive work-related movements.

With the exception of high-impact activities such as jogging, skiing, or basketball, most patients recovering from hip replacement surgery are able to resume normal activities within three to six months.

Will You Need a 2nd Surgery?

One major concern with hip surgery is the chances of requiring follow up surgery. There have been problems with implant devices, particularly the metal on metal replacements.

Once a patient begins to have problems with a hip replacement, a more complicated revision surgery may be required.

Unfortunately, this surgery has an even higher complication rate than the original surgery.

Recalls of hip replacement implants are not uncommon.

The FDA has issued three manufacturer’s recalls listed on their site within the last 10 years.

Look at this recall of the DePuy hip system:

On Aug. 24, 2010, there was a voluntary recall of the DePuy ASR TM total hip system because of new, unpublished data from the UK joint registry indicating the revision rates within 5 years were approximately 13 percent.

13 percent revision rates with five years is very high. We are talking major surgery, and a huge increase in risk as we detailed above. It makes alternatives worth investigating as a better option for you.

Stem Cell Therapy

Stem cell therapy is emerging as the low risk alternative to hip surgery.

What are stem cells?

Stem cells are the body’s own repair kit. Adult stem cells, not to be confused with embryonic stem cells, reside in adult bone marrow and adipose fat tissue, as well as other tissues and organs of the body.

When you suffer an injury, these stem cells have the natural ability to repair the damaged tissue. However, in people with degenerative diseases, these stem cells are not released quickly enough to repair the damaged tissue.

How is Stem Cell Therapy Performed?

“Stem Cell Therapy is a minimally intrusive process that can be performed in one day, or over the course of several weeks depending on the severity of your injuries

A bone marrow or adipose fat tissue samples are taken via needle, without the pain of a bone marrow biopsy or surgical procedure. The cells are then processed to secure the natural growth factors from your own blood platelets.

The injections of the stem cells can then be reintroduced into your damaged joint area, using ultrasound or MRI imaging so the cells reach their intended target and ensure proper dispersion of the cells into the tissue. This supplementing of the body’s own mechanism’s to repair itself is the critical function of the stem cell therapy procedure.

Patients can typically resume their normal activities the same day. While rest and some minor medications may be prescribed for swelling etc., mobility is still maintained. A course of injections is normally the preferred treatment course, so be prepared to repeat the process every week or so.

PRP Therapy

Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy, or PRP Therapy, is fast becoming an emerging technology for the treatment of several medical conditions and injuries including chronic back pain, tendonitis, hip arthritis, rotator cuff injuries, knee pain, and knee arthritis among others.

PRP Therapy has been used since the mid 1990’s in dental and oral surgery and to aid in the recovery of soft tissues following plastic surgery. Since then, the use of platelet rich plasma therapy has increased especially in the world of sports medicine

PRP Therapy starts out with the patient getting between 40 and 60 cc of their blood drawn. That blood is then placed in a machine called a centrifuge, which spins it at a high speed for between 10 and 15 minutes. The result is that the different types of blood cells that make up the blood are separated; the portion with the platelets is then extracted. The concentrated platelets are injected at the site of the injury. The doctor uses ultrasound image guidance to guide the needle to the precise point where the injection will be most helpful.

The PRP preparation may contain up to 10 times the amount of platelets found in blood.

Platelet rich plasma therapy or PRP as it is commonly called, may be administered as one injection or in a series. It depends on the severity of the injury and how each person’s body responds to the therapy.

As a hip pain sufferer, prospective patient’s should seek the full story of hip replacement options and alternatives. Pain killers mask symptoms and a full hip replacement can be a long and painful process.

Alternative therapies such as Stem Cell and PRP Therapy are quickly becoming viable options and should be discussed prior to life altering hip replacement therapy.

Reduced pain, shorter recovery times, and cost efficiency coupled with the use of your bodies own recovery mechanisms, could make these alternative, the first, best option.

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Garrett Richards Stem Cell Treatment Looks Like A Success

Updating a story we brought you several months ago, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim ace starting pitcher Garrett Richards threw off of a mound earlier this week just a few months removed from opting for stem cell therapy instead of the traditional Tommy John surgery to replace a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his elbow.

At the time, Richard’s decision was questioned by many in the baseball establishment as risky and unproven, however the news is decidedly more upbeat after Richards threw off of a mound for the first time since injuring his elbow on May 1st.

According to the Los Angeles Times, “Amid the rubble of a brutal 2016 season rose a sign of hope for the Angels on Saturday.”

“It came three hours before a 6-1 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays, when Garrett Richards, who four months ago was “dead set” on having elbow ligament-replacement surgery that could have sidelined him for 2017, threw off a mound for the first time since injuring his elbow on May 1.”

“It was only 20 fastballs at 80% effort, but it was a significant step in a process that Richards, who opted for stem-cell therapy instead of Tommy John surgery, is confident will lead to his starting on opening day next season.”

“As of now, throwing off the bump today, doing everything I’ve done to this point, there’s no doubt in my mind that I’ll be able to pitch next season,” Richards, 28, said. “I don’t feel anything abnormal. Everything feels rested and ready to go.”

Why Stem Cell Therapy?

Stem cells are the body’s own repair kit. When you receive an injury, your body’s stem cells rush to the injured area and start the healing process. Sometimes your own stem cells cannot get through to the injured area due to the amount of damage from the injury or surgery.

In these cases, stem cells are then harvested from your own body, concentrating them by placing them in a centrifuge, and then injecting them back into the injured part of the body. It is important not to confuse these types of stem cells with embryonic stem cells.

Modern stem cell therapy techniques harvest stem cells directly from the patient’s own body. This is a quick and safe process that involves the gathering of fat cells — also known as adipose tissue — from a patient, which are loaded with stem cells. Another form of the treatment harvests stem cells from the patient’s bone marrow

Once the stem cells have been harvested, they are separated by spinning them in a centrifuge. They are then ready to be reintroduced to the patient’s body.

Stem cell therapy is the process of using the harvested cells to help patients’ bodies repair damaged tissue. It can either accelerate an otherwise slow healing process or allow the body to heal tissue that would have otherwise remained damaged permanently.

The medical advancements in stem cell therapy have been remarkable for the advancement of non-invasive medical treatments.

Richards Gamble Appears to Be Paying Off

Richards is not the first MLB pitcher to opt for this surgical alternative. As we reported back in May, Mets pitcher Bartolo Colon had the stem cell treatment in 2010 to repair a torn rotator cuff and an elbow injury.

Richards is however a radically different case than Colon. At the time of Colons treatment, he was considered advanced at age 35 at least by baseball standards. It was a what do you have to lose scenario.

Richards is an “in his prime” ace pitcher with a significant amount to lose in terms of time and money. According to the Times, Richards was hopeful that stem cell therapy can be a long term solution and provide alternatives and hope for others.

“I hope this paves the way for other guys going through the same thing,” said Richards, whose teammates applauded him, jokingly, as he walked to the dugout Saturday. “It’s probably the best decision I’ve made in my career so far.”

Good News for Pain Sufferers

The good news for pain sufferers is that stem cell treatment is becoming more available as an alternative treatment to surgery for a wide variety of injuries and ailments. It is quickly becoming the future of how injuries are treated, providing an alternative to invasive surgeries.

For individuals suffering from any of the following injuries: sports injuries, back, rotator cuff, hip, arthritis, shoulder or are considering hip replacement or knee replacement surgery, stem cell therapy may provide you with the relief that you are looking for.

Speak with a specialist to determine if stem cell therapy may help you lead a pain free life.

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Garrett Richards Chooses Stem Cell Therapy

In what is seen as a bold move in Major League Baseball circles, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim ace starting pitcher Garrett Richards chooses stem cell therapy. His announcement Monday that he is forgoing the traditional Tommy John surgery to replace a torn ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) and undergoing stem cell therapy instead, is another indication that alternative treatment options for sports related injuries is becoming more popular.

The big hard throwing right-hander received stem-cell therapy treatment on his elbow on Monday and will take a six-week hiatus, and attempt to rehab his injured right elbow if all goes well.

“That’s promising news for the Halos, who desperately need their staff ace back in action. It’s not yet clear what kind of timetable might be hoped for, and there remains a good bit of uncertainty in how quickly Richards can return to the hill and work his way back to the majors”.

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UCL’s and Major League Pitchers

Richards is the latest in a long line of promising young pitchers who have suffered the injury. As reported in this Grantland piece last year, baseball is suffering an epidemic of young promising pitchers who have suffered this injury.

From the Grantland article: “Tommy John surgeries are ripping through baseball at a faster pace than ever before. Twenty-five percent of active MLB pitchers have had the procedure, which reconstructs a pitcher’s torn ulnar collateral ligament, as have 15 percent of current minor league pitchers. Last season was particularly distressing: More pitchers had the surgery in 2014 than in the entirety of the 1990s.”

The UCL is a tiny ligament in the elbow that has to withstand a tremendous amount of rotational force or torque when a pitcher’s arm is stopped and makes its move forward to deliver a pitch to home plate.

Research director at the American Sports Institute, Dr. Glenn Fleisig describes the process in the Grantland piece.

“When the arm is cocked back, there’s a large — what we call — varus torque. In this position, it’s 100 newton meters of torque. A bowling ball weighs 12 pounds, let’s say. If you put a bowling ball in your hand, imagine what your elbow would feel like. That would not be 100 newton meters. One hundred newton meters would be 60 pounds. Five bowling balls. Picture five bowling balls of force. That’s the stress of that instant in the elbow.”

What is Stem Cell Therapy?

The big question on the minds of many this morning is how does stem cell therapy work?

Stem cell therapy is becoming a popular alternative medical treatment for many medical issues including those that once seemed like surgery was the only option, such as UCL replacement and rotator cuff surgery.

Stem cells are the body’s own repair kit. When you receive an injury, your body’s stem cells rush to the injured area and start the healing process. Sometimes your own stem cells cannot get through to the injured area due to the amount of damage from the injury or surgery.

In these cases, stem cells are then harvested from your own body, concentrating them by placing them in a centrifuge, and then injecting them back into the injured part of the body. It is important not to confuse these types of stem cells with embryonic stem cells.

Modern stem cell therapy techniques harvest stem cells directly from the patient’s own body. This is a quick and safe process that involves the gathering of fat cells — also known as adipose tissue — from a patient, which are loaded with stem cells. Another form of the treatment harvests stem cells from the patient’s bone marrow

Once the stem cells have been harvested, they are separated by spinning them in a centrifuge. They are then ready to be reintroduced to the patient’s body.

Stem cell therapy is the process of using the harvested cells to help patients’ bodies repair damaged tissue. It can either accelerate an otherwise slow healing process or allow the body to heal tissue that would have otherwise remained damaged permanently.

The medical advancements in stem cell therapy have been remarkable for the advancement of non-invasive medical treatments.

Richards Big Bet

Richards is not the first MLB pitcher to opt for this surgical alternative. Mets pitcher Bartolo Colon had the stem cell treatment in 2010 to repair a torn rotator cuff and an elbow injury.

At the time, Colon’s doctor did not believe that he would return to MLB form. Colon not only returned to major league form, but has been playing at a high level at the advanced age of 41.

If Richards big bet is successful and he returns to the field in 2016, it could become a revolutionary moment in sports injury treatment, much the same way the original Tommy John treatment had when it was first performed by Dr. Frank Jobe in 1974.

The good news for pain sufferers is that stem cell treatment is available as an alternative treatment to surgery for a wide variety of injuries. It is quickly becoming the future of how injuries are treated.

If you are suffering from any of the following injuries: sports injuries, back, rotator cuff, hip, arthritis, shoulder or are considering hip replacement or knee replacement surgery, stem cell therapy may provide you with the relief that you are looking for.

 

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What is the Latest Stem Cell Research?

Whether it is football, baseball or soccer, professional athletes put their bodies on the line every time they step on the field. At risk is their physical health, their professional career, their financial future and their team’s future. That is why teams spend big money to hire the best doctors and the best trainers, presumably because they are at the forefront of the latest technology and treatments. Peyton Manning’s neck, Bartolo Colon’s peyton manningshoulder, Chris Johnson’s knee…just a few of the famous injuries that have been treated with stem cell therapy to maximize healing and speed up recovery. According to those in the medical industry, this is just the start of the many people who will use this therapy to heal injuries and degenerative joint problems.

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The eminent orthopedic surgeon, who has treated many of today’s top athletes, indicated in a recent interview on the Dan Patrick Show that biologics were going to be the next big medical breakthrough. Biologics such as stem cell therapy, tissue engineering and gene therapy would become widely used to treat aging joints and injuries.

So, what is the latest in Stem Cell Research?

According to a recent Reuter’s article, Scientists “reset” stem cells to study start of human development, “British and Japanese scientists have figured out a way to ‘reset’ human stem cells to their earliest state, opening up a new realm of research into the start of human development and potentially life-saving regenerative medicines.”

Why is this significant?

Because these cells may represent the “real starting point for formation of tissues”. Humans experience their most significant growth early on when stem cells are human pluripotent stem cells, or “self-replicating” cells. As we age, those stem cells become less potent and less effective. This is why embryonic stem cells are considered the “holy grail” of healing injuries and diseases that currently have no cure. adult cellBecause of the controversy of using embryonic stem cells, the possibility that scientists have found a way to “reset” stem cells to their earliest state could mean a major step forward in treating debilitating diseases such as Parkinson’s disease, heart disease, strokes and diabetes, not to mention joint disorders and injuries.

Can Stem Cell Therapy Help Osteoarthritis?

Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis, affecting an estimated 27 million Americans, according to the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS). It is a form of arthritis that is generally associated with the breakdown of cartilage at the weight-bearing joints, due to natural wear and tear from everyday tasks you perform. Those most affected by osteoarthritis are athletes and older people. Physical symptoms include pain, swelling, and loss of motion. Lifestyle effects may include anxiety, depression, limitation of daily activities, job limitations, and difficulty participating in personal and family joys and responsibilities.

Stem cells are currently being used in joint care because of their ability to make different types of cells. Your own stem cells, when injected into your body, have a higher chance of being accepted. This allows them the opportunity of taking on their new role in your body. By using your own stem cells –in this case- in the joint that has started to lose its cartilage, the cells will “transform” and encourage cartilage growth, or hold off its wear and tear. The stem cells will increase the cartilage growth in the injected location and slow the progress of osteoarthritis. This also lowers the chance of infection, rejection, a surgery-related complication, and future joint-related replacement and follow-up procedures. Since the cells are coming from your own body fat, your body will be more likely to accept it and allow it to grow. For these reasons, stem cells are becoming a more beneficial alternative to joint-related surgeries.

Stem Cell Research Pros and Cons

The morale issue of using embryonic stem cells is beat left for another article. However, the use of adult stem cells has a lot of pros and few cons.

Pros.

The natural healing benefits of stem cell therapy for joint pain are becoming more widely recognized as a safe and effective treatment. Stem cell therapy is a minimally invasive procedure allowing you to get back to work quickly. Tissue regeneration and repair will perhaps wipe out the need for certain surgeries and the long and painful recovery periods. Joint replacements could become obsolete, except in certain cases, and our quality of life could be extended far beyond that of our parents.

Cons.

The biggest current draw back is the cost. Since most insurance companies do not yet cover the treatment, it is usually an out-of-pocket expense. However, if you compare the costs of stem cell therapy vs surgery, then a different picture can emerge.

The Future

Up to this point, stem cell therapy has been less effective for older people because their stem cells are less pristine. Alternative treatments like Platelet Rich Plasma Injections, Prolotherapy or Medical Ozone Therapy may be more beneficial for elderly patients. However, this new development in being able to ‘reset’ human stem cells offers hope to all of us for a pain-free future and greater quality of life.

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As with any form of medical treatment, you should consult with your physician before embarking on any treatment plan. The information contained in this article is for informational purposes only and should not be deemed accurate for the purposes of diagnosing your particular medical condition.

Stem Cell Therapy For Hip Arthritis

Hip pain caused by arthritis can make life awkward on a daily basis, and usually leads to long-term pain management if the problem cannot be corrected. Previously, solutions such as hip surgery, hip resurfacing or replacement surgery were the only real medical options for those struggling with often debilitating pain; however there is now an effective alternative that really works. This article is going to explain more about stem cell therapy and how it can help patients suffering from hip arthritis.

Do You Really Need Surgery?

Although hip surgeries are often typically successful, they can also be traumatic for the patient and can lead to months of painful recovery and discomfort that comes from trying to recover one’s mobilityHip-Arthritis and strength. Stem cell therapy, on the other hand, often allows patients to walk the same day, and discomfort is minimal with little to no down-time after such procedures. Between 1-3 treatments could repair your hip without the need for traumatic surgery over a given time frame.

What is Stem Cell Therapy?

Stem cell therapy involves extracting cells from the patient’s own body namely from the Adipose or fat tissue. These cells are responsible for regenerating and healing the body, and can be harvested from your own fat tissue, purified and then injected directly into the affected hip area.

These stem cells cannot only help your body heal and renew itself, they can also differentiate into ligaments, cartilage and tendons, helping to relieve chronic pain in the treatment of many types of osteoarthritis. In many cases, stem cell therapy for hip arthritis can even eliminate the need for surgery altogether.

How it Works

Once the cells have been extracted from your body’s fat tissue by an experienced physician, they are prepared and then injected back directly into the damaged area. Once stem cells have been injected into a damaged joint, they can transform into chondrocytes, which are cells that will lead to the production of fresh cartilage. This concentrated treatment essentially mimics your body’s natural healing process, and can generate tissue that is used to repair damaged or diseased areas, such as joints affected by osteoarthritis.

Stem cells can also attract new stem cells to the damaged site, helping your body to repair itself quicker, as well as reducing inflammation and preventing loss of function or scarring to the area.

The Future

Could hip surgery soon be seen as a thing of the past? Stem cell therapy is being seen as the future for the treatment of osteoarthritis and other joint disorders, for a number of reasons. This type of treatment has a very stem-cell-therapy-for-hip-arthritishigh success rate, and is less risky to the patient, while eliminating most of the pain. Disability and down-time a patient would normally experience from having complicated surgeries is becoming a thing of the past. Stem cell therapy is also far less traumatic, and removes the risk of rejection that is associated with surgery.

Since the stem cells being used are taken from your own body, the risk of rejection is extremely low, with no real reports of serious complications or adverse effects in scientific studies.

The Treatment

Treatments usually take around four hours, and afterwards you may experience some soreness in the area with perhaps some bruising. Following treatment, you may return to work the next day and will be encouraged to use the affected hip joint normally. Follow-up treatments of platelet rich plasma (PRP) are usually given at monthly intervals in order to prolong the effectiveness of the stem cells and to help them carry out their job.

PRP is a mixture of growth factors and platelets that occur naturally in the body, and helps the stem cells to take effect and develop into cartilage, ligaments, new joints and more, by providing nourishment and cell signals to the area. PRP enables stem cells to regenerate by themselves inside the body, and can help trigger their development.

Stem cell treatment is extremely safe, and therefore can be repeated if your doctor deems it necessary in order to achieve the best results. Stem cell treatments would not render you ineligible for surgery, although most find this unnecessary following treatment.

Conditions Currently Being Treated with Stem Cell Therapy

Right now, stem cell therapy is being used to treat a number of medical conditions, including the following:

  • Rotator cuff tendonitis
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Non-healing fractures
  • Avascular necrosis of the hip
  • Osteochondral defects
  • Biceps tendonitis
  • Chronic epicondylitis (tennis and golfer’s elbow)
  • Osteochondritis dessicans
  • Ligament injuries
  • Labral tears of the hip and shoulder
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Chronic neck and back pain
  • Sciatica
  • Chronic groin and hamstring strains
  • TMJ
  • Post concussion syndrome
  • Headaches

What Should You Do Next?

Stem cell treatments are extremely promising, with great advances having already been made in the treatment of many injuries, diseases and conditions such as osteoarthritis. Scientists from around the world are working on new ways to harness the power of stem cells and use them to treat various medical conditions, with new trials being carried out all the time.

If you have hip arthritis or have had an injury to your hip that is limiting mobility for you, seek advice on the potentials treatment options available to you. Surgery should be your last resort, especially as you get older. There are other alternative treatment options available. Ask what they are!

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Stem Cell Therapy For Shoulder Pain

Pain that originates from the shoulder or rotator cuff can make doing the simplest tasks a chore, such as driving, lifting or even just playing with your kids. It’s an area that is very susceptible to injury, and as many as 600,000 US citizens consider complicated surgery for rotator cuff injuries each year, leading to often long and arduous recovery times.

What if we told you there was another, pain free way to treat your shoulder pain? Stem cell therapy is a revolutionary and effective way of treating affected joints and other damaged areas of the body, without the risks associated with surgery.

No More Surgery

Surgery is the most common form of treatment for severe shoulder pain, but it’s certainly not an easy option, and you could take as long as six months to recover. Up to six weeks of that time, your movements will be even further restricted by a sling, making getting back to work nigh on impossible for weeks or even months.Shoulder-Surgery-or-Stem-Cell-Treatment

Non-surgical stem cell therapy could be the answer, with procedures taking place within just one day and offering a viable, effective solution for those in pain and facing surgery, or even a joint replacement. You’ll be able to return to your usual activities following the treatment, without the need for long and painful rehabilitation periods where you’d have to work to recover your mobility, strength and full range of motion that you’d usually have to experience after an invasive surgical procedure. The risks associated with surgery are also eliminated, such as blood clots, a bad reaction to anesthetic, or infection.

What are Stem Cells?

Your body holds billions of specialized cells that form particular organs such as your skin, brain, heart, muscles, joints, ligaments and even bone. Every day the cells in your body degenerate and regenerate, in a process where old cells die and new ones are created via stem cells, which can create multiple types of cells.

stem-cellsHowever, when you sustain an injury, this regeneration process is less effective and the affected area becomes painful, weaker and less functional. There are several types of stem cells, and they act like your body’s own repair kit. They hold the key to your body’s natural ability to heal itself, but sometimes your body needs a helping hand.

How it Works

Modern technology has allowed us to find a way to harvest stem cells from the patient’s own fat tissue, prepare and concentrate them using a specialized lab process, before re-injecting them directly into the injured tissue area. Advanced imaging (such as ultrasound) can be used as guidance to focus a concentrated treatment of stem cells directly into the rotator cuff exactly where they are needed. From there, the stem cells are able to significantly enhance your body’s natural healing process, and can help to generate healthy new tissue, as well as attracting more reparative stem cells to the area.

Stem cell therapy is minimally invasive and can reverse the damage of injury, arthritis or disease, halting the natural breakdown process we often experience as we get older or experience injuries. There is also less risk of rejection, as the treatments use your body’s own stem cells.

The Procedure

You will be awake during the procedure, which is carried out in an office with a doctor or experienced physician. You will be asked to lie face down while the doctor cleans and numbs the area, and then with image guideance, the stem cells are then carefully extracted. The stem cells are then purified and prepared in a lab so that they are concentrated enough to heal your injury.

stem-cell-treatment-for-shoulder-painStem cell therapy is a fairly quick procedure with minimal discomfort. As a rule of thumb, treatments generally take around four hours, and you’ll be able to go back to work the very next day. The affected area may be a bit tender, and in some cases there may be some bruising.

PRP injections can also be used in order to keep the stem cells activated to give your body the best chance of healing.

The Risks

Just like any other medical treatment, stem cell therapy comes with its fair share of risks. The biggest risk is infection, as treating an area such as the rotator cuff involves using a small concentration of Adipose or fat tissue. Occasionally, infection can occur, but the risk for this is quickly reduced as your body produces more white blood cells.

Are you Suitable for Stem Cell Treatment?

If you are currently experiencing shoulder pain, osteoarthritis or are suffering from a rotator cuff injury, you may be suitable for the regenerative process of stem cell therapy, and should seek further consultation from your doctor.

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As with any form of medical treatment, you should consult with your physician before embarking on any treatment plan. The information contained in this article is for informational purposes only and should not be deemed accurate for the purposes of diagnosing your particular medical condition.

How Does Stem Cell Therapy Work?

Stem cell therapy has become an extremely popular medical treatment, with many doctors recommending it and many patients reaping its benefits. Doctors are even recommending stem cell therapy for medical issues that once seemed as if they had no option for treatment other than surgery.

But how does this revolutionary medical treatment work? To help you answer that question, we’re going to take a look at what stem cell therapy is, how it works and how it could help you.how-stem-cell-therapy-works

What is a stem cell in the first place?

Stem cells are the body’s own repair kit. When you receive an injury, your body’s stem cells rush to the injured area and start the healing process. Sometimes your own stem cells cannot get through to the injured area due to the amount of damage from the injury or surgery. In these cases, stem cells are then harvested from your own body, concentrating them by placing them in a centrifuge, and then injecting them back into the injured part of the body. It is important not to confuse these types of stem cells with embryonic stem cells.

Where do stem cells come from?

Modern stem cell therapy techniques harvest stem cells directly from the patient’s own body. This is a quick and safe process that only involves the gathering of fat cells — also known as adipose tissue — from a patient, which are loaded with stem cells.

Once the adipose tissue has been gathered, the stem cells are separated by spinning them in a centrifuge. They are then ready to be reintroduced to the patient’s body.

What does stem cell therapy do?

Stem cell therapy is the process of using the aforementioned cells to help patients’ bodies repair damaged tissue. It can either accelerate an otherwise slow healing process or allow the body to heal tissue that would have otherwise remained damaged permanently. The medical advancements in stem cell therapy have been remarkable for the advancement of non-invasive medical treatments. Instead of opting for surgery, which is usually the only option many doctors present, patients now have safe, natural and effective alternatives for joint disorders and beyond.

It is also possible to combine PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) Therapy with Stem Cell Therapy, in certain situations, to provide an additional element that helps in the healing process.

What types of problems is stem cell therapy being used for right now?

Stem cell therapy is being used for a variety of ailments, from virtually untreatable diseases to joint injuries. Here is a list of a few of the medical problems being successfully treated with stem cell therapy:

  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Heart disease
  • Rotator cuff tears
  • Diabetes
  • Joint injuries – Knee, Hips, Shoulders, Ankles, Hands, Back, Elbows and more
  • Neurological diseases
  • Liver disease
  • Cancer
  • Retinal diseases
  • Blood disorders
  • Immune disorders
  • Metabolic disorders

There are many other medical issues that stem cell therapy can treat and this list is expanding every single day. For example, one of the newest stem cell therapies is successfully treating osteoarthritis.

How long does stem cell therapy take to undergo?

Despite the advanced nature of stem cell therapy, the process has a surprisingly short lead time. In most cases, a single treatment will only take about four hours.

What are the risks of stem cell therapy?

As with any medical procedure, stem cell therapy does come with risks. However, advances in stem cell treatment have nullified many of the risks. For example, there was once a high level of concern that a patient’s immune system would reject stem cells. The fact that stem cells now come directly from the patient’s own body make this, in addition to many other risks, either negligible or nonexistent.

The biggest risk most patients undergoing stem cell therapy face is an infection from the removal of adipose tissue or the injection of stem cells.

How long does it take to recover from stem cell therapy?

The recovery time from a stem cell therapy treatment is virtually nonexistent. A stem cell therapy treatment is an outpatient procedure. Other than some minor discomfort at the injection site for a short time after the Recovery from stem cell therapytreatment, patients can return to work the next day.

This makes stem cell therapy a great treatment alternative for those who are concerned about the long recovery time associated with a surgical procedure.

What about the cost of stem cell therapy?

Stem cell therapy usually costs between 20 and 50 percent less than surgery for treatments of the same ailment; this doesn’t even account for the need for surgery revisions.

Stem cell therapy is the future of modern medicine

If you have a medical issue that you need resolved, then you should seriously consider stem cell therapy as a treatment option. It is much less invasive than most other types of treatments and it allows your body to heal the way that it was meant to.

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As with any form of medical treatment, you should consult with your physician before embarking on any treatment plan. The information contained in this article is for informational purposes only and should not be deemed accurate for the purposes of diagnosing your particular medical condition.

Why Knee Replacement Surgery May Not Be Your Best Option

A study conducted by the Commonwealth University of Virginia has found that many people with knee osteoarthritis have knee replacement surgery even when their symptoms are relatively minor or low grade. In other words, the surgery was not necessary.

Knee replacement surgery is a serious procedure that presents potentially life-threatening risks like blood clots and failure of the implant. It should not be your first option for treating knee ailments. Several noninvasive alternatives are effective for easing the pain of knee osteoarthritis or trauma. If you are contemplating knee replacement surgery, you should consider looking into the following:

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This form of therapy involves the injection of a sugar solution like dextrose, phenol or glycerininto the knee to help relieve pain and stiffness, strengthen the tendons or ligaments that can hold the body’s structure more effectively. This type of treatment is not new; it has been around for 75 years and has proven effective for many patients. A study by the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health has found Prolotherapy to be beneficial for patients who suffer from mild to moderate knee osteoarthritis. In the study, patients received injections at intervals of four weeks. It was found that the patients who were given the injections saw improvements in the function of their knees when compared to those who were given saline or who received no injections.

Stem Cell Therapy

With Stem Cell Therapy the patient’s own stem cells are harvested from their own fat tissue,in a different part of their body,and then injected back into the injured joint. The Stem cells enhance the body’s own natural healing process and help regenerate damaged tissue and lower inflammation. The process is a minimally invasive procedure where patients can resume fairly normal activates after leaving the clinic. However, a 48hr recover period is often prescribed. The benefits of stem cell therapy far outweigh the risks associated with stem cell therapy, especially when compared to surgery.

Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)

Platelet Rich Plasma therapy or PRP as it is commonly known is the process of injecting the patient’s own platelets into their knee. The platelets are obtained by first drawing the patients’ blood, then spinning the blood in a Platelet-Rich-Plasmacentrifuge to separate the platelets from the white blood cells. The Platelet Rich Plasma is then drawn off and injected into the injured area A study by the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York has shown that patients who were injected with PRP saw their pain diminish by as much as 56.2 percent over the first six months of the study. That result went up to 60 percent after a year; the patients’ ability to undertake daily living tasks improved by 46.8 percent at the six-month mark and 55.7 percent at a year.

Medical Ozone Therapy

Ozone is a soluble gas that consists of three oxygen atoms. It is used to treat a variety of ailments affecting joints, muscles and tendons. When it is injected into the joint capsule, ozone treatments can aid with the regeneration of cartilage, which is why it is effective for the treatment of knee osteoarthritis. In many cases, pain is caused by low levels of oxygen, which may result in an accumulation of lactic acid; in these instances, the lactic acid is what causes the pain.
Aside from the risk of complications from medical ozone therapy, knee replacement surgery comes with a long recovery period. With some patients, it may take as long as a year for them to regain full use of the joint. Another fact to consider is that the prostheses may not last for the rest of the patient’s life. They have a lifespan of between 10 and 20 years. If they fail, it will be necessary to have them replaced again. In comparison, the alternatives to knee replacement surgery listed above are relatively safe and minimally invasive.

Knee-Replacement Alternatives

As with any form of medical treatment, you should consult with your physician before embarking on any treatment plan. The information contained in this article is for informational purposes only and should not be deemed accurate for the purposes of diagnosing your particular medical condition.

 

Stem Cell Therapy for Rotator Cuff Injury

Due to the flexible nature of the shoulder, the rotator cuff — a network of tendons that supports the shoulder joint — is especially susceptible to injury. Recovering from a major injury in this area is an especially long and tedious process. In fact, approaching treatment the wrong way could mean that you never fully recover.

Rotator Cuff Surgery – The Most Common Treatment Option

Surgery is an extremely popular treatment option to recover from rotator cuff damage. In fact, it is the only treatment that many people (including doctors) are aware of. As such, about 600,000 Americans undergo some form of surgery for such an injury each year.rotator-cuff-surgery

Being the most common treatment option, however, does not make surgery the best option. Here is what someone can expect when undergoing rotator cuff surgery:

Surgery Recovery Times

As the shoulder is an important part of your daily activities, you want to restore it to full functionality as soon as possible. Unfortunately, surgery won’t allow you to start grabbing, lifting and throwing things like normal after a week.

According to the U.S. national library of medicine, when someone undergoes shoulder surgery, their arm is often in a restrictive sling for between 4 and 6 weeks. After this, there is still some healing to do. The total recovery time for surgery can extend to as long as 6 months. When considering a treatment option, many patients also have to considered time off of work. Depending on the surgery performed and extent of the injury, and the type of profession you have, a patient may miss quite a few weeks or even months off work.

Typical Risks Associated with Surgery

Rotator cuff surgery is an invasive procedure. It requires surgeons to cut, sew and displace tissue deep within the shoulder. As such, there are a number of risks that are inherent with it. A few of the risks include:

  • Infection
  • Allergic reactions to anesthesia
  • Breathing problems due to anesthesia
  • Excessive bleeding
  • Inadvertent damage to a nerve
  • Major blood vessel damage

Is There Any Certainty?

Although people undergo surgery on a large scale, successful recovery is not guaranteed by this procedure. The likelihood of re-tearing a rotator cuff after surgery is usually anywhere between 1 in 5 to 9 in 10. As a result, there is a very large market for revision surgery.

This means that many doctors are expecting your rotator cuff surgery to fail and are waiting on standby to fix the mistake. Revision surgery forces patients to undergo the same difficult recovery process that they endured after the initial surgery.

Cost of Rotator Cuff Surgery

According to the Healthcare Bluebook, the fair market price for rotator cuff repair lasting 2 hours is about $6,000. (When was the last time you paid fair market price for a medical procedure?) The price does not include an overnight stay either. This cost can go up or down, depending on the length of the surgery and hospital the procedure is performed in. For those who have to undergo revision surgery, the cost is doubled.

Stem Cell Therapy – An Alternative Treatment

Although surgery is a popular option, it is no longer the only one. Thanks to modern science, doctors can now use regenerative stem cells that come straight from a patient’s own body to restore a patient’s shoulder to full functionality.Stem Cell Therapy

Let’s take a look at what people can expect from stem cell treatment for injuries to rotator cuffs:

Stem Cell Recovery time

Stem cell treatment is an in-office minimally invasive procedure that causes no real trauma to the patient’s body. A small incision is necessary to harvest the fat stem cells, but when compared to surgery it’s like a small shower compared to a thunderstorm. Patients can normally resume activities a few hours after leaving the office. However, it is usually recommended that a 48hr rest period be adhered to, to avoid any unnecessary complications.

As a result, the overall recovery from the rotator cuff injury itself can happen faster. Patients typically start to see a noticeable reduction in pain after 1-2 months; this progresses over time, with patients normally seeing major recovery over the next 6 months.

The typical risks associated with stem cell treatment

As with all medical treatments, there are inherent risks with stem cell treatment. The biggest risk that stem cell patients face is infection. This risk comes from the fact that most stem cell rotator cuff treatments involve the use of a small amount of Adipose Tissue. Adipose tissue is a loose fibrous connective tissue that is packed with many fat cells. The tissue is harvested from a different part of the body containing Adipose Tissue, and then injected into injured shoulder. Occasionally, infection can set in but as the body continues to produce more white blood cells — which normally happens fairly quickly — the risk for infection goes down. Result certainty levels

As with all procedures, results vary. Those who undergo stem cell treatment normally have about a 15% likelihood of receiving no benefits from stem cell treatment. This means that stem cell treatments for rotator cuff injuries have about an 85% success rate.

Stem Cell Treatment Cost

The cost for stem cell treatment for your shoulder can vary based on you location and the services offered by the clinic. The typical cost ranges between $5,000 and $6,500. While insurance may or may not cover this form of treatment, certain clinics offer Care Credit as an additional financing option.

Did You Know?

The cost of certain in-network procedures can vary by over 400%. The biggest factor driving cost is where the care is provided.

Other Alternative Treatments

There are additional treatment options for a rotator cuff injury which can be explored before considering shoulder surgery. They include:

Its important to discuss all the possible treatment options you have available to you. Diving into surgery these days is not the only solution. Advances in medicine are always moving forward. Do you remember when Tommy John surgery was first performed? It was 1976 on Dodger pitcher Tommy John. Now that type of surgery is considered run of the mill.

No matter what, physical therapy is a must

Regardless of which primary treatment option you go with, you will need to undergo physical therapy to ensure full recovery for your shoulder. This will restore strength and flexibility to your muscles and tendons as the tissue recovers.

Recovery from your shoulder injury is possible

You no longer have to hope that treatment for your shoulder will work. Stem cell therapy treatments are making rotator cuff repair a reality for countless people like you.

 

As with any form of medical treatment, you should consult with your physician before embarking on any treatment plan. The information contained in this article is for informational purposes only and should not be deemed accurate for the purposes of diagnosing your particular medical condition.