Musculoskeletal Care of the Mature Patient 

The Basic Science of Aging :Implications for the Male and Female Master Athletes In March, I introduced the continuum of blogs focusing on the Musculoskeletal Care of the Mature Athlete. In my introductory blog, I stated that I would analyze with my reader multiple subjects including cartilage generation techniques.

In keeping with that commitment, I will be attending the 2nd Annual International Congress on Regenerative and Cell Based Medicine, to be held on November 11-12, 2010 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Sponsored by the International Cellular Medicine Society (ICMS), a global nonprofit organization dedicated to physician education and patient safety, and co-hosted by the Age Management Medicine Group (AMMG), this unique conference is focusing on the latest developments in cell based medicine featuring expert speakers who are driving research and using these technologies as part of their everyday practice of medicine. The event will showcase presentations made by internationally acclaimed physicians on the use of platelet rich plasma; adipose tissue, bone marrow, and peripheral blood derived stem cells; as well as data on the application of these promising therapies in providing orthopedic treatment to patients today. Guided by experts, I will have the opportunity to update my knowledge in the field, and receive valuable take-home information that will allow me to optimize my patient care and treatment efficacy.

This year, in conjunction with the International Congress, the ICMS will also hold a one day training course: Essential Knowledge in the Collection of Stem Cells. This workshop will bring together global experts to aid me in understanding the basic skills—from patient candidacy to the collection of stem cells from bone marrow, peripheral blood, and adipose tissue—required of cell based medical techniques. It is my ultimate goal to provide you with the information needed to optimize patient safety and to educate you on current cell based technologies and evolutions. My mission is to offer my patients treatment modalities that are current, approved and safe. The evolving discipline of cellular medicine is so promising that there is at present, hesitation of orthopedic industry investment in creating a new generation of prosthetic implants for our hips and knees. Is a biologic arthroplasty on the horizon? The stem cell is the promise for the future treatment of arthritis. My mission is to determine when is the right time to add these options to my treatment alternatives and I will let you know my plans next week.

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