Hip Pain? Here is yet another patient testimonial for an orthobiologic instead of steroid or surgery. She is 2 months s/p PRP injection for labral tears in both hips. She had not improved from an “umbilical cord blood/placental tissue” injection a year before. 2.5 minute clip…. Results are becoming more predictable for this application at our clinic!
I recently received a “Cease and Desist” letter from the attorneys for Zimmer because I used the term “subchondroplasty” in a lecture presentation and on Dallas PRP and Stem Cell’s web site . Zimmer has a trademark on the term “subchondroplasty” which they market as a specific procedure where bone cement is put into a bone lesion…it is not a regenerative medicine procedure and obviously a non-anatomic procedure.
This will be my 19th year in a row teaching at the San Diego Shoulder Meeting…every since fellowship at SCOI. Most don’t get to see all of the behind the scenes work that goes into producing the largest(about 500 surgeons), longest running (35 yrs), international shoulder meeting on earth. Here are a couple pre-game pics. This year I am doing a focus demonstration for the general assembly, Director of an Alex Shoulder Model Lab, and one of the EPIC one-on-one shoulder instructors in cadaver lab.
I have been asked many times about my thoughts on concentrating bone marrow versus just using a straight bone marrow aspiration. Currently, there is at least one needle device on the market, Marrow Cellutions, which markets their device as a bone marrow aspiration device that eliminates the need for centrifuging bone marrow to create bone marrow concentrate.
Sadly,not true. At least not the way it is presented to people at seminars as a sales tactic to separate people from their hard earned money. A simple 5 degree xray tilt will make an xray change to look as if new cartilage has grown….that is what these clinics and people are showing potential patients who are interested in regenerative medicine procedures….and these clinics usually compound the deceit by telling patients they can get living stem cells from amniotic fluid or umbilical cord blood.
Our patient wanted to share her story…..she is only 4 months after her in office bone marrow derived stem cell procedure that took 1 hour. She is 2 months after a PRP injection we did into the same knee to give her a better result. Now? 90%+ better and doing things without pain that she had not been able to do for years. In her words.
After the fireworks, come learn how you have other natural options besides medications, steroids,and surgery to treat your arthritis or back pain or sports injuries.
Here is a case study using PRP to help a NCAA college football player with a quadriceps muscle disruption. The procedure is done in the office in about 30min. Hopefully it gets him back in the game faster!
Block an artery to decrease knee arthritis pain?? I am just not convinced that a patient with knee arthritis should be advised to have their geniculate artery clotted (embolized) in an interventional radiology suite…with an expected 6 months of partial pain relief. This write up discusses a very small pilot study with no statistical significance….but my question is whether we should even be pursuing this idea when we have an alternative that is autologous, safe, and can be done at a lower cost in the doctor’s office, and lasts 9-12 months…….PRP!
Ok, just kidding, FDA doesn’t endorse any stem cell sources….BUT the FDA doesn’t regulate bone marrow as a stem cell source when used in orthopedics and they DO regulate adipose(fat), amniotic fluid, umbilical cord blood, placental tissues, and other stem cell sources used in orthopedics as biologic drugs. So, stick with the one source that is given the “top-line” exemption for use by the FDA. Here is a 15 minute video on why the FDA doesn’t regulate bone marrow in orthopedics.