Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning has reportedly undergone a stem cell treatment in Europe because of a neck injury that is so far this season keeping him off of the field and on the sidelines, according to news reports. Manning is currently suffering from nerve injury secondary to cervical disc disease; he has undergone surgery several times to correct the damage without success.
Manning’s treatment is not approved in the United States, and involves using the four-time MVP’s own fat cells to regenerate the nerves around his neck, AOL Sporting News reported.
The New York Daily News reported that Manning underwent another neck surgery after undergoing the stem cell treatment.
Athletes are allowed to undergo stem cell therapies “unless a banned substance is used as part of the procedure,” an NFL spokesman told The Daily News.
Popular Science reported that Manning probably underwent a stem cell procedure involving induced pluripotent stem cells, which “can be reprogrammed to become any type of cell.”
Manning’s treatment is raising the eyebrows of some doctors, who say that the treatment doesn’t have any scientific evidence to back it up, ABC News reported. There are also concerns about the message Manning is sending to the public.
T.O visits Korea for stem cell treatment of torn A.C.L.
Terrell Owens, refusing to abandon his attempt to return to the NFL, has traveled to Korea for treatment on the anterior cruciate ligament he tore during the offseason.
“Mr. Owens starts with therapy Monday, followed by the collecting and storing of his stem cells the next day,” Dr. Lee Jung-no, president of the Chaum Anti-Aging center, told the Korea Times on Monday.
Owens, 37, visited the center at the recommendation of renowned specialist Dr. James Andrews.
“Owens becomes the second big-name player to travel abroad for stem cell-related therapy after Colts QB Peyton Manning went to Europe for a procedure before his most recent neck surgery.