I feel your pain along with the pain of the several patients who called the office this past Monday morning seeking assistance after the usual weekend warrior outburst. If you overdo it on a weekend or on a vacation, you will pay the price on Monday and for the rest of the week as well. Consistency is the best prevention, that and cross training. Much of the aging population seeks to continue to be active, and many are weekend warriors who compress moderate to vigorous activities into a few days.

As you age, all individuals experience declines in functional body systems and decrease in muscle mass, but the rate and extent of the changes are affected by factors besides chronologic age. Injuries to tendons and joints are mostly affected by athletic consistency. While a single traumatic event may contribute to decline, so might wear and tear. All athletes must base their approach to injury prevention on several basic principles: 1) stretching 2) strength training 3) proper nutrition 4) adequate hydration 5) aerobic and anaerobic training and 6) a day or two a week of rest.

Most supplements that claim to “reverse” aging are not supported by reliable scientific evidence of effectiveness, yet, there is an increasing core of data supporting the use of cellular orthopedics for repair of acute or chronic injury to the musculoskeletal system.

The Regenexx Web site presents the ongoing results of clinical research and the effectiveness of Regenerative Medicine. While I hear from uninformed professionals that stem cell intervention for arthritis is still ten years away, in fact, I am completing work on a scientific paper with the intent of a presentation at a Regenerative Medicine meeting this mid summer reviewing the comprehensive results of 60 patients who underwent stem cell intervention to an arthritic knee and 40, who underwent stem cell intervention for an arthritic hip more than one year ago. While the number of patients do not at first seem significant, this is the largest outcome database in Regenerative Medicine of which I am aware wherein the same scrutiny has been used as I had used in my joint replacement clinical outcomes research during my academic lifetime. I am able to support my statements with research data. Active and athletic patients, regardless of their age do not have to quit nor do they have to undergo a joint replacement. Stem Cells have the potential to stop pain in an arthritic joint, they have the potential to reverse the arthritic process and even influence regeneration of the joint, ligament, and tendon.

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