Musculoskeletal Care of the Mature Athlete

As I move closer to actually starting up the Bone Marrow Concentrate Stem Cell Pilot Study, I will continue to educate the perspective patient seeking to enjoy relief from arthritis of the hip and knee without a joint replacement. The delay is based on our having to wait for Institutional Review Board approval of our clinical trial. The fact that a procedure is experimental does not automatically mean that it is part of a research study or clinical trial. A responsible clinical trial can be characterized by a number of key features. There is preclinical data supporting that the treatment being tested is likely to be safe and effective. Before starting, there is oversight by an independent group such as an Institutional Review Board or medical ethics committee that protect patients’ rights, and in many countries the trial is assessed and approved by a national regulatory agency, such as the European Medicines Agency (EMA) or the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The study itself is designed to answer specific questions about a new treatment or a new way of using current treatments, often with a control group to which the group of people receiving the new treatment is compared. While historically, the cost of the new treatment and trial monitoring is defrayed by the company developing the treatment or by local or national government funding; to date that has not occurred with stem cell trials in the United States. It takes an average of seven years and $750,000,000 to develop a new pharmaceutical therapy. With the rapidity in evolution of regenerative medicine, so far, no company has been identified that is willing to underwrite the expenses of a stem cell Trial. At the same time, beware of expensive treatments that have not passed successfully through clinical trials.

Responsibly conducted clinical trials are critical to the development of new treatments as they allow us to learn whether these treatments are safe and effective. I believe there is enough clinical experience to support a Pilot Study with Adult, Autogenous, Bone Marrow Derived Stem Cells. First no harm and a then reasonable chance of restoring function. To find out if you would qualify for the Pilot Study, contact Jennifer at 847-390-7666   ext.15

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