The feeling? Absolute terror! So many things I thought I could never do again. Walking a mile? It took everything I had to walk 10 feet! Walking on uneven ground? I”ll never be able to do that again! Stairs? Like Mountain climbing with only one leg. Even getting up from a sitting position was a monumental task. I had let my right knee deteriorate much too far. It was so bad that I was ready and denser-ate for a replacement.
My friend saw astonishing results from some of his Business Customers and recommended that I check out they Stem Cell procedure.
With an initial assessment by Dr. Sheinkop, the procedure was done a few weeks later. After the procedure, I walked out with no more pain than when I walked in. A bandage covering 2 small holes in my back, a Band Aid on my knee, and a custom-fit knee brace, to wear for four weeks.
Not hospital stay, no x-rays, no pain killers, no prescriptions, no unnecessary tests, and no depressing stay in a Rehab facility. And, no artificial device.
Progress was slow but steady – two steps forward, one step back.
The Stem Cell Facts
At first, stairs were near impossible. I had a stinging pain in the front of my knee, and a severe limp. After six months, my knee condition improved to about 60%, with therapy and home exercises. The stinging pain had diminished. Stairs were difficult but I could manage up and down while holding on. Limp had improved from severe to awkward.
At the one year mark, my knee was light, stronger, and more flexible – and the stinging pain was gone. Had slight pain while going down stairs, with an improved but still noticeable limp. My self-assessment at this time was 93% There was some anxiety. I read full healing takes about one year. I had no idea that my condition would continue to improve.
It improved dramatically, but not quickly. A year-and-a-half after the procedure, all pain, soreness, and stiffness was gone, my knee was strong and flexible. I did thinks I wasn’t sure I’d be able to do again – kneeling, crawling, walking, running, bicycle riding, jumping, climbing, golf, hockey – too many to mention. I was at 99% and it felt great! The remaining 1% was a slight, but still noticeable limp.
It took another six months for the limp to completely go away. This was two years after the procedure. 100% – back to normal!
For something that sounded too good to be true, the results are there. And, the cost? For me, it was less than the deductible I would have paid for a conventional operation.
One of the best decisions I ever made was to have this Stem Cell procedure done.
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At times, my blog is based on statistically documented evidence concerning Cellular Orthopedic interventions. To date, that’s how I treat patents, evidence based regenerative medicine. This time though, I found an unsolicited testimonial so compelling that I am using it as the “center fold” of the Blog this week. The quote is from a 71 year-old patient.
“I wanted to give you the update on my knee condition after having the Alpha2Macroglobulin (A2M) injections about 3 weeks ago. Yes!! Yes!! I’m really loving it. I was reluctant to push it the first 2 weeks because I was enjoying the pain-free analgesic effect. Last week I was in Southern California on the beach and was trying not to overuse it. My knee is very arthritic and whenever I overdo it, I would be in discomfort for days afterwards. I didn’t want to be in pain or nursing my knee with an ice bag while on vacation so I took it easy at first. Easy went to being very active including biking, hiking and bodysurfing in the ocean. My knee never swelled or became uncomfortable. I still have an arthritic knee but I can do whatever I’m comfortable doing with no negative effect. Also sleeping at night without pain is wonderful. I’m very pleased with the way my knee is responding to the injections.
Positive Light on Growth Factors
I am the first to call the reader’s attention to the fact that this is a testimonial and not a scientific report. Yet, the value to the reader is an opportunity to fantasize about how your life might be impacted by cellular orthopedics interventions and thereby, delay, perhaps avoid a major surgical procedure. While stem cells are commonplace in the world of marketing for the arthritic joint, people are still learning about the benefit of growth factors. A2M is what the patient is alluding to in his testimonial, a large protein produced by the liver. It differs from most other growth factors by virtue of molecular size and source of production in that most growth factors are found in the circulating blood. I offer this biologic option to patients who I think will benefit as part of my scope of Cellular Orthopedic options, especially when I do not believe the patient is a candidate for a bone marrow concentrate intervention.
To learn more, you may access my website and view my webinar at www.sheinkopmd.com. A better alternative is to schedule an I office visit wherein I can examine you, review images with you, and provide informed consent; that is patient education. Call (312) 475-1893
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Following injury or wear, limitations need not be limited to professional, college and high school athletes
Last week, my column focused on the post traumatic ravages of the National Football League season; and getting ready for next cycle of body demolition. Those who watched the championship game saw several players assisted off the field following violent trauma. Even the President announced that he would prefer his son not play football. While professional, college and high school competitive sports enjoy high profile, there are the average recreational sports and fitness enthusiasts who progressively experience a diminution of ability to participate in a sought-after activity by virtue of injury or wear and tear; be it basketball, running, cycling, skiing, hockey, fitness endeavors, volleyball, golf, soccer, sailing; so, on and so forth.
As an example, a 67-year-old man presented in my office last week after having read my column, with progressive pain in his left knee and inability to partake in his long-time recreational passion, volleyball. I completed his intake centered on the taking of his medical history, completed an orthopedic physical examination, and ordered X-rays. He brought a recent MRI study to the appointment. The physical therapist who assists me objectively documented his physical findings so we would have pretreatment measurements. Additionally, my therapeutic recommendation is always based on more than an X-Ray and MRI, but also includes the objective and reproducible Range of Joint Motion and assessment of joint stability.
After review of all the above, I administered informed consent for a Bone Marrow Concentrate intervention into his left knee as a means of postponing, perhaps avoiding a Total Knee Replacement and assisting in his return to recreational volleyball. While there are several options for intervention into the arthritic or injured joint including adipose and blood-based alternatives, I recommended Bone Marrow Concentrate for his moderately arthritic knee as a means of providing Concentrated Platelets, Concentrated Growth Factors, anti-inflammatory Cytokines, Adult Mesenchymal Stem Cells, Precursor Cells, Marrow Adipose Tissue, and Hematopoietic Cells, all consistent with FDA compliance requirements. There are mandatory Federal Drug Administration and Federal Trade Commission regulatory standards of compliance in Regenerative Medicine; patients must be cautious when choosing the minimally invasive Cellular Orthopedic option. It takes an office visit, physical assessment and review of images by a board-certified specialist in the regenerative medicine decision making process; not merely attendance at a seminar. Some patients will not meet inclusion criteria, their needs would be better served by accepted surgical norms.
At age 67, there is little chance at Cartilage Regeneration for my patient, but there is a high probability of Joint Restoration; that is increased motion, diminution of pain and the return of ability, in this patient’s case to play volleyball. He will wear an off-loader brace for six weeks, partake in physical therapy and then gradually return to his Chicago Park District three games a week routine. The patient will have reached his competitive goals through care based on the scientific evidence and outcomes documentation. As long as I introduced the subject of competitive goals, off I go to ski in Colorado next week; about a year after having undergone Cellular Orthopedic interventions to both of my arthritic hips and both of my arthritic knees. Without the biologics, not only would I be unable to ski, I would be ready for two knee replacements and two hip replacements. I should have listened to my mother and stuck to the piano and violin.
To learn more about continuing to reach your competitive goals, visit my web site www.sheinkopmd.com or call and schedule a consultation 312-475-1893).
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From the front page of the September, 2018 issue of GOLF “This Tiger is for real. He’s faster, sharper-and an up-and-down machine.” Then, from the September/October issue of Tennis, “Juan Martin del Potro He’s back…. and ready to once again conquer”. His once promising career was reaching the end owing to wrist injuries. Quoting Del Potro in the article “one doctor would say something to me; another would say something different. It was difficult to believe one or the other”; however, he demanded excellence and eventually found it
I could go on citing and quoting from all sports and recreational resources but you get the idea. These are recovery and come back examples of what motivated individuals may accomplish. Now, if you tune in to upcoming US Open later this month, you will be able to follow Rafael Nadal, another super athlete who was able to return to compete at the top of his game owing to cellular orthopedics for several potentially career ending injuries over recent years. I could go on with the examples in each and every recreational pursuit or from those who wished to regain a pain free and very active life even if not at the aforementioned level of demand. Suffice it to say, the common denominator for those with skeletomuscular restrictions is a combination of physical training, mental motivation and timely medical care.
You can put some of this Tiger in your tank and reignite your enjoyment of activities at any level if arthritic or traumatic injury of your bone and joints is holding you back. The new world, (actually it is not so new anymore) of Cellular Orthopedics may allow for a return to a virtually unlimited lifestyle with a needle instead of a knife. I choose to define myself as a Cellular Orthopedist so a patient might not be trapped in the web of so called regenerative medicine specialists. An orthopedic surgeon has dedicated many years to understand the musculoskeletal system whereas a regenerative medicine clinic frequently is populated by those who attended a two-day training seminar. While my own recreational pursuits and fitness profile is far removed from those of the famous professionals noted earlier in this blog, following cellular orthopedic interventions into my own knees in December of 2017, and for my hips in January, 2018, I returned to skiing last winter, cycling and fly fishing this summer, and I am able to enjoy a full fitness commitment in doing my part to maintain the highest possible level of performance.
You may access my website at WWW.SheinkopMD.com or call (312) 475-1893 to schedule a consultation.
Tags: BMC, Bone Marrow Concentrate, cellular orthopedis, golfers elbow, injection, Platelet Rich Plasma, PRP, regenerative medicine, sports injury, stemcell, tendon repair, tendon tear, tennis elbow
I am being forthright; based on my review of data, while 80% or more of my patients continue to enjoy
satisfactory outcomes at four years or more following a stem cell intervention, there are those whose
symptoms and functional limitations recur. Please be aware that when I undertake the care and
treatment of a patient with a symptomatic and function limiting joint, it is with the notion of
regeneration and long-term benefit. It doesn’t always happen; there are may possible explanations.
Most important though is the need to identify possible causes of potential failure at the beginning, and
that is why we have recommendations before and after a procedure as to how to manage alcohol, diet,
supplements and a rehabilitation protocol. We also review your past medical history to identify any
possible indication that your stem cells have been adversely affected by co-morbidity or prior
Assume if you will that you adhered to the initial pre-and post-intervention protocol but now returned
to my office months or years later with recurring symptoms. First and foremost is an updated medical
history and physical examination. That is followed by repeat images including X-rays and an MRI.
Mechanical progression of joint injury may result from aggravation of the preexisting damage by
subsequent trauma. Then there is the reality of identifying new processes within or adjacent to the joint.
This morning, I returned the phone call of a southwest Wisconsin dairy farmer; not the same patient I
wrote about last week. He has been a patient for over four years with a full restoration of work related
activities and recreational pursuits following several regenerative interventional options. After three
hours of basketball, three weeks ago, his knee pain returned. I called him back while he was milking his
cows and it was the first time I have been “mooed” at over a cell phone. I requested that the patient
update his X-rays, MRIs and then allow me to reevaluate him. A repeat stem cell intervention with a
more advanced technology, a subchondroplasty in addition to the stem cell intervention of his joint?
The recommendations will be based on an updated evaluation. In my practice of cellular orthopedics, it
isn’t one and done. Additionally, some of the more advanced techniques are being covered in part by
health care insurance
If you want to learn more, call for an appointment (312)475 1893
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After I completed writing this Blog, I opened the Bone and Joint Newsletter.
Lead article: Study Suggests Knee Replacement Be Reserved for Those More Severely Affected by Osteoarthritis. A recent analysis found that the current practice of TKR as performed in the USA had minimal effects on quality of life and quality adjusted life years
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Last week, my associate attended a continued medical education course held in a venue near the Wisconsin-Illinois border; a site frequently used by the Stem Cell Institute of America to host amniotic fluid marketing seminars. My colleague overheard a conversation between several physical therapists touting the success of amniotic fluid in regenerating cartilage on their patients, “you can see the increased joint space on the x-ray when we see the patient in follow-up”. I have addressed the issue of the absence of viable stem cells in amniotic fluid ad-nauseam (borrowing a recently expressed symptom from the Director of the FBI) but I am continually amazed at how false news when repeated takes on a fantasy of its own. Additionally, my patients frequently ask to repeat the imaging so they might see if the cartilage is growing.
Much of the current research effort pertaining to cartilage is experimental and has to do with the MRI techniques known as T2 mapping and delayed gadolinium enhanced MRI of cartilage (dGEMRIC). In addition to MRI techniques, optical coherence tomography (OCT) may allow arthroscopic evaluation of cartilage by performing microscopic cross-sectional imaging of articular cartilage. In the final analysis, the only present clinical cost effective, non-invasive means of quantitating and qualitating the patient response to an intervention are exactly the parameters I measure in my office; the only comprehensive methodology of its kind in the clinical field of Regenerative Medicine.
When a patient asks me how do I know whether an intervention is a success, I don’t point to an increased joint space on the X-ray as it is not there to be seen. I review patient specific outcomes including pain scores, activity scores, subjective input, and objective measurements and compare the pre-intervention findings with the latest scoring.
In the interval between starting to write this Blog and now, I received an unsolicited update from a patient who had attended the Stem Cell Institute of America seminar. He had asked so many questions during the seminar, the chiropractors running the seminar gave him the PalinGen Flow brochure (their source of amniotic fluid) as my patient had challenged their evidence beyond the speakers’ ability to respond. My patient, who eventually underwent a bone marrow concentrate intervention with my assistance, read the document and learned that PalinGen Flow makes no mention of stem cell content in their literature.
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