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.
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In summary, 65 year old photographer had significant improvement in knee pain from arthritis after amniotic tissue cells and PRP injection. She reports that "It was a very gradual feeling of it's a little bit better, it's a little bit better, and then realizing, wow, it's really pretty good."
Colin initially decided to undergo Tommy John surgery, involving repairing a damaged ligament in the elbow, then later changed course and decided forgo elbow reconstructive surgery for platelet-rich plasma injection. Surgical repair doesn't guarantee success so less invasive options are encouraging, especially as they can shorten the 14-18 month recovery period typically required after surgery. PRP injections are simple procedures done in office at Black Stone Physical Medicine in Corvallis, Oregon. Follow link to article.
Garrett Richards, pitcher of the LA Angels, recently underwent stem cell treatment for an ulnar collateral ligament (elbow ligament) injury. This procedure was used to avoid surgery and ultimately cut recovery time from 12 months to 12 weeks! He has not yet returned to play but has been cleared to throw and continue rehabilitation. This same treatment is provided by Dr. Marc Musson at Black Stone Physical Medicine. Regenerative treatments include PRP injections and stem cell injections.
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Bloomberg.com discusses multiple athletes using platelet rich plasma injections to help injuries recover and avoid surgery. This article also mentions Kobe Bryant and other professional athletes seeking help from PRP injections. There is discussion regarding the lack of robust evidence supporting the effectiveness which complicates its use, although most of those discussed in the article had quick recovery and were able to avoid surgery. Platelet-rich plasma treatments are quick and simple, and are performed here in Corvallis Oregon at Black Stone Physical Medicine.