Stem Cells and Back Pain?
I estimate that more than 60% of patients seeking regenerative medical options for an arthritic joint have a major co-morbidity; namely, degenerative disc and joint disease of the low back. The backache complaint is so frequent that I only wish I could recommend stem cell intervention into the degenerative disc or degenerative facet joint at L3-L4, L4-L5, and L5-S1. Yet, the evidence-based statistical data for safety and efficacy is not quite sufficient to allow me to begin a stem cell initiative concerning the low back. Is there an alternative for those experiencing daily back pain; something to make a symptomatic patient functional?
A Virtual Way to Combat Back Pain
During our forced shelter-in-place over the past many weeks, my wife, Sharon, has not been able to visit Body and Brain Yoga or enjoy a weekly appointment for a 55-minute Pilates session. Her low back started to become a recurrent source of concern, symptoms, and limitations until she came across DesirelistTV. #AtHomeTogether, the website features MOVE with us, DINE with us, and Let Us Entertain you; segments led by professionals and all professional content is for free. Try it at www.desirelist.com/TV ; the “coaches”, instructors, and professionals change daily, as does the subject matter. This is where I joined master mixologists to learn how to make the perfect Margaritas for Cinco De Mayo.
Ah, but I have digressed from the low back. By “attending” the virtual yoga, tai chi, core strengthening and stretching classes four to five days a week, Sharon no longer has a back symptom; she has regained all of her function and then some. In the meantime, my office schedule is starting to fill up, the Surgi-Center that I depend on will reopen for me on May 13, and I will be returning to our Personalized Stem Cell Clinical Trial next week as well. All patients may be certain that our offices, Surgi-Center and staff will be using every available precaution and more when we assess and treat our patients. What is your ultimate assurance that we are taking every know precaution to protect patients? It is quite straight forward: neither Mary, Kelly, nor I want to be infected with COVID-19.
On Tuesday, we evaluated and treated 14 patients including interventions in six with orthobiologic products. Wednesday, we treated both knees of a patient with a proprietary Platelet Rich Plasma/growth factor autogenous biologic. Today, Thursday, four patients are scheduled. Next week, we will return to working at the Surgi-Center following all protective guidelines and then some.
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On Wednesday, I completed several bone marrow concentrate procedures for patients with arthritic knees. You will recall that Concentrated Bone Marrow contains living Adult Mesenchymal Stem Cells, Growth Factors, Platelets, Exosomes, Precursor Cells and more allowing for pain relief, improved function and possible regeneration in those afflicted by arthritis. In the afternoon, four patients underwent Autologous Platelet and Growth Factor interventions; two in the hip and two in their knees. An example of the outcome, now four months following intervention in my own knees and hips, I spent last weekend hiking along several spring creeks, fly fishing in Southwest Wisconsin in the morning and planting over 150 Lilly bulbs in the afternoon. Admittedly, I slept well on Saturday and Sunday night but visited the health club on these past Tuesday and Wednesday evenings for my fitness routines.
On Monday, we finalized and edited a manuscript reporting the results of 56 patients with arthritic knees, followed for 2 to 4 years having received Bone Marrow Concentrate. Using the same outcome metrics and statistical tabulation methods I had employed as a joint replacement surgeon, this study is one of the most significant trials ever completed and to be published in Cellular Orthopedics. Our study not only will help determine the indications for a “stem cell” procedure, but also assist in determining how long the benefits will last, and provide a road map for when adjunct or repeat interventions are indicated. Now the physician will be better prepared to help a patient decide between a Total Joint Replacement and a Cellular Orthopedic intervention on an evidence based knowledge.
I am writing this Blog while flying to San Jose, California where I am partaking in advanced training that will allow me to expand my regenerative medicine practice to the low back. Again and again, patients ask as to what I might offer to address low back pain and disc disease now that I have successfully intervened in an arthritic hip or knee. Indications and techniques for addressing the lumbar spine will make up the curriculum enabling me to add discogenic and degenerative arthritic conditions of the low back to my scope of regenerative care by mid May.
To the patient who called, “I heard through the grapevine that it doesn’t work”, you may avoid falling victim to the Fake Stem Cell claims in newspaper ads or via celebrity testimonials; those in amniotic fluid are dead on arrival to you. Seek scientific evidence at (312) 475-1893 or learn more on my web site where you may watch my webinar www.Ilcellulartherapy.com.
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