Standard of care for this joint pain due to arthritis in the spine involves injection of steroid into the joint or performing an ablation procedure to the nerves that go to these facet joints. Regenerative medicine treatments of the facet joints could possibly slow or reverse the arthritis process. As these joints become arthritic and enlarged, other spine pathologies develop including spinal stenosis and nerve root impingement (sciatica). The evidence supporting stem cell procedures for facet joint arthritis is limited and the procedure is still considered experimental by insurance companies.
Rafael suffered severe back pain in January 2014 during the final of the Australian Open when he lost to Stan Wawrinka. His treating physician, Dr Ruiz-Cotorro, reported that Rafael was dealing with back pain typical to tennis players. Rafael had previously used a stem cell treatment for a knee injury the year prior. Ruiz-Cotorro stated that the back pain was due to facet arthritis and decided to treat it with stem cells. These cells were taken out of his bone marrow and cultured to produce a larger amount of cells.
Don had these procedures done at a facility in Denver Colorado. The process he utilized included drawing his blood and concentrating the platelets to obtain the PRP and then harvesting stem cells out of his bone marrow. This office also used hyperbaric oxygen treatment to reportedly boost stem cell count prior to procedure.
He is so impressed with these new treatments that he now sits on a the board of a wellness center that helps bring these treatment options to professional athletes and war veterans.
These regenerative treatment options including PRP, bone marrow aspirate concentrate, amniotic tissue allograft, and others are available at Black Stone Physical Medicine. These treatments can provide pain relief and heal stimulate the healing process for multiple conditions including knee arthritis, rotator cuff tendinopathy, degenerative disc disease, and others. Black Stone Physical Medicine is located in Corvallis Oregon but serves also patients in the surrounding areas including Albany, Lebanon, Newport, Lincoln City, Salem, Eugene, and even as far as Bend and Burns.
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Diego was recently brought to the Orthobiologic Institute International regenerative medicine conference, held in Las Vegas this past weekend, by Dr Christina Bertollo to share his story.
Becker's Spine Review interviews Dr Luga Podesta, a sports medicine and regenerative medicine expert. They discuss problems with some stem cell clinics and how to know which is a good clinic. He discusses what conditions have scientific evidence to support the use of stem cell treatments. He also discusses briefly the use platelet-rich plasma (PRP) in addition to stem cell treatments.
Pro Hockey Player Niklas Kronwell Takes Advantage of Stem Cell Treatment for Bone on Bone Knee Arthritis.
Niklas has had multiple prior knee injuries and surgeries. His options are now limited as a joint replacement would end his career. He has sought out regenerative medicine treatments late 2017. The specifics of his procedure are not given but he reports seeking care outside of the US. We will see how he fares this next season. Check out the article HERE.
This was a case series involving 20 patients treated with amniotic tissue for arthritis and another 20 patients with tendonitis/tendinopathy. These patients were follow up to 3 months post procedure. On average there was about 75% reduction in pain and significant improvement in activity levels. Satisfaction rate was 90%. Patients also indicated they would recommend and repeat procedure at a rate of 80-90%.
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Check out this recent article on regenerative medicine including stem cell treatments and platelet rich plasma. These new innovative treatment options provide hope for conditions not improved with conservative management. Conditions treated include arthritic joints, tendonitis, ligament sprains, and other acute/chronic sport injuries.
Dr. Michael Swartzon, a sports medicine physician with Miami Orthopedics & Sports Medicine Institute at Baptist Health South Florida. He offers regenerative medicine treatments, including bone marrow aspirate injections. Dr Swartzon states, “I’m honest and explain to my patients that the data is being investigated. So far, the data is pointing in a positive direction with nothing showing a downside. But I don’t know if it will be a long-term cure or how long the effects will last."
This study did not show any major side effects or cancer formation when using bone marrow concentrate for regenerative treatments. Most frequent area treated in reported in this study was knee, followed by hip, foot/ankle, shoulder, and others. This study doesn't specifically focus on treatment effectiveness.
Joe Rogan and Orthopedic Surgeon Talk About Regenerative Medicine Including Amniotic Tissue Allograft.
Joe Rogan talks with Dr McGee, orthopedic surgery, regarding use of amniotic tissue allografts and other regenerative treatments.