Musculoskeletal Care of the Mature Patient
I’m back from a short Blog sabbatical, refreshed and with much to discuss. During the time away, I spent a week skiing in Colorado with my wife, read a book, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, a must read for anyone interested in or considering regenerative medical care, and kept up on issues that I believe would be of interest to readers. While I was gone, my staff continued to work and both finalized and submitted the request to The Institutional Review Board that will enable us to begin The Bone marrow Aspirate Concentrate Stem Cell (BMAC) management of osteoarthritis. I will share with you what I read, watched and observed.
From the American Medical Association Morning Rounds of Tuesday, January 24, Leading the News “Stem cell treatment may help patients with macular degeneration”
On NBC’s The Doctors-Jan 25, a Regenexx stem cell procedure is featured for a patient with a failed microfracture in a woman with an arthritic knee seeking return to an active life style.
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks , written by Rebecca Skloot is the fascinating biography of a woman whose cells were harvested without her knowledge in 1956 at Johns Hopkins; and ultimately became responsible for the world of regenerative medicine today. Along with the factual history of how the first cell cultures of human cells has evolved into the practice of medicine as we know it today, one learns about the evolution of medical ethics, government mandated patient protection and informed consent processes that govern contemporary medicine. You will better understand my approach to regenerative medicine when you finish this book named by more than 60 critics as one of the best books of 2010.
We arrived in Vail on Saturday afternoon, January 21, just as a snowstorm was starting. By time we ventured out on Sunday morning, there was 12 inches of fresh powder at the top of Rivas Ridge. It snowed again two more times during the week with another 14 inches of fresh powder by time we headed down Shangri-La in China Bowl. During the week, a friend came over from Breckenridge with his snow- board. By the end of our Wednesday skiing, I needed regenerative care for my entire body; almost no one was on the slopes besides us.
Over the next two weeks, I am scheduled to do site visits to observe and compare notes with centers involved in BMAC. If you want to move forward with learning whether you might be a candidate for regenerative medical care of your arthritis before scheduling that joint replacement, make an appointment or make a call. While no authority can promise success, there is an accumulating body of global information suggesting autogenous, autologous, adult bone marrow derived mesenchymal cells my be an effective, long term, anti-inflammatory and perhaps alter the natural history of degenerative arthritis.
Mitchell B. Sheinkop
1565 N. LaSalle Street
Chicago, Illinois 60610