Stem Cell Treatment and Sport Injuries

New procedure in Sports Injuries

The December 2013 issue of Duke Medicine Health News has a full-page article that notes in part, “current research at Duke suggests that stem cell therapy may one day completely regenerate worn joints.” Mesenchymal stem cells can “shift the balance from inflammation to repair and when injected into the joint and Spine, reduce the progression to arthritis.” While this research is geared at preventing Post Traumatic Arthritis, it corroborates  Eexpert’s discovery of ways in which the body can heal itself.

Recent articles (CNN, WSJ, New England Journal of Medicine, etc.) cite a study that suggests knee surgery may not be of any real benefit with the conclusion: “In this trial involving patients without knee osteoarthritis but with symptoms of a degenerative medial meniscus tear, the outcomes after arthroscopic partial meniscectomy were no better than those after a sham surgical procedure.”

We can hope to escape ACL injuries – avoiding getting in the “back seat” through ski/ride lessons is a good start – but if we do experience one, the alternative procedure might get us back on the slopes in better shape sooner and cost less in the process

We hope that in near future surgical treatments of joint injuries will be replaced with stem cell or Prp treatments which will be 21 st century joint replacement treatment.