Adult stem cells hold significant promise due to their ability to self-renew and differentiate into many types of cells, ie cartilage, muscle, ligament, tendon or bone. In sports medicine, stem cell research is being used in osteoarthritis, articular cartlilage repair, anterior cruciate ligament (ACL)reconstruction, tendon healing, and meniscus regeneration.  A review of clinicaltrials.gov showed that as of May 2014, over 45 clinical trails were being performed worldwide on the use of stem cells in orthopedic problems in knees.  Today, patients do not need to travel abroad for Stem Cell therapy. It is now available in the Dayton area. Please contact my office at 937-415-9133. Ask for Sheila to schedule an initial consultation.

References:

1. Koh YG,et al.  Second-look arthroscopic evaluation of cartilage lesions after mesenchymal stem cell implantation in osteoarthritic knees. Am J Sports Med 2014; 42 (7):1628-37

2.  Anderson JA,et al. Stem cells therapies for knee cartilage repair: the current status of preclinical and clinical studies. Am J Sports Med 2014; 42 (9): 2253-61

3.  Fan H,et al. Anterior cruciate ligament regeneration using mesenchymal stem cells in silk scaffold in large animal model. Biomaterials 2009; 30 (28); 4967-4977.

4. Beitzel K, et al. The future role of mesenchymal stem cells in the management of shoulder disorders. Arthroscopy 2013; 29 (10): 1702-11.

5. Zellner J, et al. Stem cell-based tissue engineering for treatment of meniscal tears in the avascular zone. J Biomed Mater Res B Appl Biomater 2013; 101 (7): 1133-42.

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