Reports indicate that the Rams’ Todd Gurley is considering stem cell treatment for his knee. What are stem cells, and is there good data to support the use of stem cells for knee arthritis?
During the latter portion of the 2018-19 football season, fans of the Los Angeles Rams couldn’t help noticing a drop off in the production of star running back Todd Gurley. The decline in Gurley’s output has been attributed to problems with his left knee. These problems have plagued Gurley since 2015, the year that he was drafted.
Surgery will not be necessary to restore Todd Gurley’s knee to full health
Diehard Ram fans will find new hope in a recent announcement from head coach Sean McVay. Instead of surgery, Gurley will turn to a branch of regenerative medicine known as stem cell therapy. Gurley’s own cells will be used to restore his former All-Pro stature.
In addition to Gurley, dozens of prominent athletes publicly attest that risky surgeries have been avoided and their careers have been prolonged by regenerative medicine techniques like stem cell therapy.
A. J. Foyt, four-time winner of the Indianapolis 500, chooses stem cell therapy
At age 82, pain from his shoulder and ankle caused auto racing icon A. J. Foyt to try stem cell therapy. “Dan Pastorini (former NFL quarterback) did it and it helped him. Peyton Manning (former Indianapolis Colts and Denver Broncos quarterback) did for his neck and it really helped him. Tony Dorsett (former Dallas Cowboys running back) did it, so I think I should try it,” said Foyt.
The National Institutes of Health has said:
- “Regenerative medicine is an emerging area of science that holds great promise for treating and even curing a variety of injuries and diseases.
- “Regenerative medicine includes using stem cells and other technologies – such as engineered biomaterials and gene editing – to repair or replace damaged cells, tissues, and organs.”
Regenerative medicine, including stem cell therapy, is not miraculous. But the results from the currently available stem cell treatment methods indicate that all that buzz is well-deserved.
What are stem cells?
Stem cells are the raw material from which all of our bodies’ components are created.
“Pluripotent” is the medical term which describes stem cells which exist in a primitive and pure state. They have yet to differentiate into the specialized cells that make up our bodies’ various organs and structures. Pluripotent stem cells are supremely versatile. They have the potential to become any part of your body, from your eyeball to a bone in your big toe.
The original research into stem cells used cell lines derived from human embryos, and the resultant controversy greatly limited practical application of stem cell therapy.
However, in the last few years researchers have learned how to derive abundant supplies of stem cells from a patient’s own bone marrow and adipose tissue (a polite name for fat). Scientists have discovered innovative ways to process these adult stem cells into a state of pluripotency.
Adult stem cells have the capacity to regenerate, restore, and heal damaged tissue. Because they are derived from the patient’s own body, negative immune responses are avoided.
Why Nuvo Spine and Sports is your best choice for stem cell therapy
At Nuvo we’re able to use your own stem cells to repair the causes of your pain. For some applications, we harvest stem cells from your bone marrow, where your body manufactures blood cells.
Other sources of pain are more responsive to stem cells harvested from fatty tissue. Often a mixture of cells is appropriate. The technique which will yield the best results in your particular case will be selected during your consultations with Dr. Vahedifar.
The Nuvo team of medical professionals is solely dedicated to minimizing or eradicating pain by resolving the underlying conditions that cause the pain. We are proud that we consistently achieve that goal and successfully enhance our patients’ overall quality of life.
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