What Is Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy?

Platelet-rich plasma, or PRP, injections utilize your blood’s healing properties to help repair damage to muscles, tendons, cartilage and sometimes even bones. For those with orthopedic problems, especially osteoarthritis, PRP injections are administered with the goal of reducing pain, improving joint function and stopping or slowing down the damage that has been done to the affected area. To start with, …

Looking for an Alternative to Knee Replacement Surgery?

When a doctor says you may need knee replacement surgery, it can be a lot to take in. Knee replacement surgery can be expensive, painful and require an extensive recovery period. Physical therapy can add more to the financial and time commitment to the procedure as well. Dr. Herskowitz and other doctors around the country are working on alternatives to …

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Stem Cell Research for Fighting Degenerative Disc Disease

Low back pain resulting from degenerative disc disease is one of the most prevalent pathologies in the developed world. In the US, low back pain is the most common health problem for those younger than the age of 50. While there can be many causes of low back pain, the condition often is associated with the degeneration of the intervertebral …

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Angels’ Garrett Richards opts for stem-cell therapy instead of surgery

Angels ace Garrett Richards, who suffered a high-grade tear of his ulnar collateral ligament in early May, has opted to forgo ligament-replacement surgery — for now — in favor of stem-cell therapy in hopes of pitching again this season. Richards underwent the procedure, in which stem cells are derived from bone or fat and injected into the injury site in …

Stem Cells in Orthopedics: A Comprehensive Guide for the General Orthopedist

The use of biologic adjuvants in the treatment of operative and nonoperative orthopedic injuries continues to expand in concert with our understanding of the acute and chronic healing process of musculoskeletal injuries. Stem cell treatments in orthopedics are among the most commonly explored options, and have found varying levels of success in promoting osseous and soft tissue healing. Basic science …

Adverse events among patients undergoing stem cell therapy for orthopedic conditions

A multi-center analysis of adverse events among 2,372 adult patients undergoing adult autologous stem cell therapy for orthopedic conditions. The purpose of the present investigation is to report on detailed complications among a much larger group of 2372 orthopedic patients treated with stem cell injections who were followed in a treatment registry for up to nine years. READ MORE

Autologous Bone Marrow Concentrate for the Treatment of Shoulder Rotator Cuff Tears and Osteoarthritis

A prospective multi-site registry study of a specific protocol of autologous bone marrow concentrate for the treatment of shoulder rotator cuff tears and osteoarthritis Shoulder pain is a common musculoskeletal complaint in the general population. Bone marrow concentrate (BMC) injections offer promising potential as a minimally invasive approach for treatment of shoulder pain in degenerative disease. In this study, we …

Adult Autologous Stem Cell Therapy for Orthopaedic Conditions

A multi-center analysis of adverse events among two thousand, three hundred and seventy two adult patients undergoing adult autologous stem cell therapy for orthopaedic conditions Autologous mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) have been utilized to treat degenerative and post-traumatic orthopedic conditions for more than two decades. Because MSCs can differentiate into bone, cartilage, muscle, tendon, and ligament tissue and can use …