Can stem cells help with muskuloskeletal injuries?

Louis A. Cona M.D.

A brief description of how mesenchymal stem cells may be able to aid in the repair of musculoskeletal injuries.

Over the past two decades there has been considerable amount of interest using stem cells in orthopaedic surgery, especially to manage special injuries that have not been successfully treated by current surgical techniques. There has been a lot of experience with using stem cells, and the safety and efficacy of stem cells therapies appear to be a growing and exciting field. To date, stem cell therapy has successfully been used for major orthopaedic procedures in terms of bone-joint injuries, especially those that fail to heal, osteoarthritis-cartilage defects and ligament-tendon injuries.As those that suffer from orthopaedic conditions know, musculoskeletal injuries may be painful, troublesome, life limiting and also one of the most common global health issues today.

Various treatment modalities, most of which involve surgery, are available for treating these problems; however, the most effective method is still debatable. The use of stem cells is a promising and developing area of research within the medical field. Studies and therapy protocols are still being released on a daily basis, as the field continues to improve and standardize. Stem cells are useful in tissue repair where the body falls short. More specifically, articular cartilage (elbows, knees, etc.) can become worn or damaged over time. These tissues have a poor potential for repair by the body and show a limited lifespan. Stem cells, able to take the form of whatever cell type is required, has been used to effectively grow new articular tissue within joints through spot application treatments. This replaces the need for painful and invasive joint replacement surgeries, with the added benefit of drastically reduced recovery times.These results are similar with bone, tendon, and ligament conditions. Stem cells can treat lost or damaged tissue without the need for invasive transplant surgeries. The implanted cells take the form of damaged or lost tissue, growing and replacing these troubled areas with fresh tissue.

Can Stem Cells Treat Traumatic Spinal Cord Injuries?

One of the most exciting areas in developing treatments has been with traumatic spinal cord injury. These devastating injuries are some of the most common reasons of severe neurological damage and recovery rates are very low. Stem cell therapies appear to offer patients new options with increasingly positive outcomes. During stem cell treatment a patient receives approximately 300 million stem cells. These stem cells are harvested from umbilical cord samples, all of which undergo an extensive amount of testing to assure sterility and viability. Once we have obtained an adequate sample, these stem cells are then grown on special media (food), which enhances them even further. We then package the stem cells and store them in a cryogenic form (colder than 100 degrees below zero). At the time of intravenous administration, the cells are thawed to body temperature in a sterile lab, and administered over a number of hours by our trained physicians. The high quantity of 300 million cells not only covers daily losses that have been occurring progressively for years, but replaces the cellular losses a thousand times over.After a short rest period, the therapy is followed by a prescribed physical therapy regimen tailored to the patient's conditions.

Why choose DVC Stem?

DVC Stem offers a full solution to orthopaedic needs. Patients can receive custom cellular therapies for their individual conditions, and work directly with our renowned onsite chiropractors and physiotherapists to ensure the best results from their treatment from start to finish. DVC Stem is a stem cell therapy pioneer and has offered stem cell therapies for years. Our protocols are IRB approved, and our cells come from regulated, U.S. based, FDA compliant laboratories. We offer high quality products and tried and tested treatments to our patients. Our orthopaedic patients include high profile professional athletes, endurance athletes, and weekend warriors.

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Tyler explains his experience at DVC Stem in the Cayman Islands.

Tyler is optimistic that he will see positive results post treatment.

"The cool thing about the Cayman Islands besides being beautiful, it was an opportunity to get some rest and relaxation allowing my body to heal and restore. I'm back in the US now and feel like I am ready to conquer the world."

- Tyler Heid


2 weeks post treatment, MS patient Tyler is beginning to see amazing progress. He has been wheelchair bound for the last year and has not been able to move his legs unassisted before now.


Tyler updates about his progress, explaining the amazing response he has been receiving from his friends and family.

"People coming up to me saying I am moving, talking and smiling so much better. They are noticing a lot of things that have improved over the course of 3 months."

"This morning I was able to do things that I was unable to do before, I was able to stand up and lift my leg higher than I ever have before."


5 months post treatment Tyler sends us an update on his progress.

"I'm able to smile better, I have more control over the left side of my face."

"I have an increased ability to grip, lift my legs higher and higher which has gone well."

Tyler is optimistic and on the right track to recovery. We are ecstatic to see his progress and look forward to more updates from him.

"I have an increased ability to grip, lift my legs higher and higher which has gone well."

Tyler Heid - 5 months post treatment

David Lyons

Multiple Sclerosis

Although David Lyons was able to successfully fight Multiple Sclerosis through a strict regimen of diet and exercise, he wanted to ensure he was doing everything he could to stay fit. Multiple Sclerosis can be managed with treatment, but there is currently no cure for the disease. For that reason, David came to DVC Stem years ago to use the regenerative and anti-inflammatory attributes of stem cells to aid in his fight for fitness.

The positive results he experienced enabled David to stay strong in the gym, now into his 60s, and that is why he continues to support our clinic to this day.

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