October 25, 2012
Dear Fellow Softball Devotees:
The 2012 Season is history. As you may or may not know, I had problems with my knee that required a pinch runner in order to continue to play. For the past four to five months I had several different injections starting with steroids and ending with Concentrated Stem Cell Plasma (C-SCP). The last one worked well enough that I ran out a triple two weeks ago.
Therefore, I am recommending that those of you who are hurting consider C-SCP.
I am enclosing a letter from my good friend, and treating physician, Dr. Mitchell Sheinkop, that describes the procedure.
Very truly yours,
P.S. I met Mitch playing softball years ago. He knows the game.
October 18, 2012
I am thrilled to learn of your triumphant return to you softball passion when you were on the verge of forced retirement due to an arthritic knee. When I first undertook your care, I used the usual and customary approached including physical therapy, antiinflammatories, cortisone injections and the series of three viscosupplementation injections. While you have been under my care, I decided to retire from active surgery and see what I could do to keep patients such as yourself athletically active without a joint replacement. While a new joint might have relieved your pain, it would have caused you to give up running, jumping, pivoting; basically most sports. I must admit my search for a non surgical option is personally motivated as I am surgery adverse and not yet ready to give up skiing, cycling and fly fishing or a good workout in exchange for a new joint. In my professional travels and continuing education, I by chance happened on Regenerative Medicine options. These include Platelet Rich Plasma and Stem Cells. I had the opportunity to not only watch the procedures being done but to follow the results of those non operative treatments. As a result, you were offered a Concentrated Stem Cell Plasma alternative and it looks like it is working. The downside was that because of the relatively short history with Regenerative Medicine alternative, the approach is not covered by insurance or Medicare. What the heck, you pay a lot more to a dentist than the C-SCP procedure costs and it is certainly cheaper than a psychiatrist would have been when you had to quit playing softball. What you received now is the future of orthopedics, an advance in the care of the mature athlete. Doping is out, stem cells are in; it’s the future of sports medicine.