My wife and I celebrated our anniversary with a trip to her brother and sister-in-law in the East Bay just South of Walnut Creek, California.  After a Thursday of Wine tasting in the Livermore wine country and fine dining in San Francisco, Friday was at the health club and swimming pool; while Friday night we watched Bartolo Colon pitch a masterful game again as the best pitcher in baseball. He is 40 years of age and couldn’t pitch any longer in 2009 because of a torn rotator cuff. In 2010, he underwent a stem cell procedure to his right pitching shoulder. From the Saturday San Ramon Valley Times: “More Colon Mastery”. ” The last seven starts have come since his 40th birthday, making him the first big league pitcher ever to win his first seven starts after turning the big 40″.

Rotator Cuff Stem Cell Therapy Returns Colon to Top Form

The story of Bartolo Colon is a great testimonial for the potential of stem cells. In baseball terms, he is old but his shoulder was rejuvenated through cellular orthopedics. Shoulder impairment may be secondary to several possibilities including degenerative arthritis and rotator cuff disease. There are distinct differences in therapeutic approaches. Bartolo Colon had a rotator cuff tear that was successfully treated with his stem cells. The key to success in treating rotator cuff damage is the earliest possible intervention. Once degenerative arthritis develops in addition to the cuff tear, there is little likelihood of successful intervention. The corollary also applies, if degenerative arthritis is present without rotator cuff disease, it lends itself to stem cell intervention. Colon in 2010 went to the Dominican Republic for his procedure. While that may have been necessary then, you may have stem cell care of your rotator cuff or degenerative shoulder disease in my office now

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