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How can stem cells help sports related injuries?

Louis A. Cona M.D.

Dec 4, 2019

This post explains how stem cells may have the ability to help sports-related injuries.

To a professional athlete, every game or event missed is opportunity lost. Athletes are thus increasingly looking to the science of regenerative medicine to get back on the playing field as quickly as possible.

Hoping to alleviate or minimise post-injury pain and downtime, many prominent professional athletes have elected to be treated with stem cell therapy. These methods offer a more noninvasive treatment, instead of major surgery for the career threatening injuries they have suffered. The versatility of stem cells allow them to treat a range of sports related injuries and can improve outcomes while accelerating the time to return to the game.

Do athletes use stem cells?

Many high profile athletes have already turned to stem cell therapy for help with lingering conditions. It is not uncommon these days to see a sports article showing an athlete traveling across the globe to receive these exclusive treatments. Due to the high risk high reward nature of their work, pro athletes have historically been more willing to try non-standard or experimental procedures to aid in their rehabilitation. For this reason, stem cell therapies have begun receiving a lot of attention in recent years. Most notably, Peyton Manning elected to receive treatment on his long injured neck, only one season before winning his second and final championship. The progress made in treating sports injuries is often an early signal of the beneficial treatments that will shortly emerge for the general public, and although it may not get the weekend warrior on to a pro field, it will often give them the ability to participate and return to their daily functions just as quickly as the pro-athlete will return to the field.

Can stem cell therapy help improve joint issues and osteoarthritis?

Several stem cell treatments are currently available for a range of patients that suffer from joint disease or osteoarthritis, whether they have injured themselves on the field or in everyday life. This also includes those who may be experiencing joint pain due to post-operative surgeries or injuries which may incurred earlier in life. For many of us, as we age osteoarthritis becomes a daily concern affecting over 50 million people in the United States, particularly osteoarthritis of the knee joint. Athletes and non-athletes all rely upon knee cartilage to act as a cushion between the various bones in the joint. It's a tough, flexible and mostly reliable material that gets damaged by high-impact collisions or repetitive tasks common to many sports and daily activities. Current injury statistics show that as much as 25 percent of the population will incur some form of knee degeneration by the time they celebrate their 55th birthday. This unwanted condition too often results in many patients suffering with daily pain and ultimately knee replacement surgery.

Stem cell treatments used to combat osteoarthritis available today include PRP and allogeneic stem cell treatments that involve same-day injections into affected joints such as the knee, shoulder, or elbow. The cells injected into the affected areas are able to become and replace specific types of damaged cells in the body. In this way, they effectively create fresh tissue to replace worn or diseased tissue. This process is done non-invasively, often negating the need for costly and lengthy replacement surgeries. Results will differ depending on age and current joint condition, however the increasing popularity of stem cell treatments seen by professional athletes is indicative of future potential.

Can DVC Stem help me?

DVC Stem has worked with athletes over the years to ensure they receive safe and effective treatments, designed to repair injury and get them back into the action quicker and better than before.

3 DAYS POST TREATMENT

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

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 Heid, lifting his foot 12" off the ground with 2 lb weights on his ankles.

Tyler - 2 weeks post treatment

"I'm on a path of progression and I'm getting better and better each day."

Tyler Heid - 2 months post treatment

2 MONTHS POST TREATMENT

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

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

"This is exciting stuff, god bless"

Matthew Murry - MS Patient

2 WEEKS POST TREATMENT

Matthew experiences sensation in the bottom of his feet after receiving a simple nerve test.

His left foot did not experience any sensation or move at all, but what happened to his right foot is extremely exciting!

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.

About the author

LOUIS A. CONA, MD

Dr. Cona has been performing stem cell therapy for over 10 years. He is a member of the World Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine (WAAAM). He is also a recognized member of the British Medical Association, the General Medical Council (UK), the Caribbean College of Family Physicians, and the American Academy of Family Physicians. He is the Medical Director for DVC Stem a world-renowned stem cell therapy clinic located in Grand Cayman.

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