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18/Dec/2018
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When a former college football quarterback, with letters in 3 sports, throughout high school, walked through our doors complaining of chronic pain in both knees due to previous sports injuries, and the residual effects of previous orthopedic surgery (for partial ACL and Meniscus Tears), it confirmed the growing suspicion that aging athletes are fighting an uphill battle.


18/Dec/2018
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National Academy of Sciences - Knee Osteoarthritis

THE COMEBACK

How Elite Athletes Can Inspire Us

We look to super athletes for inspiration in how they train and win.  Yet it’s the injuries that show us their true character and grit, while also revealing their technical approach to healing and fighting the aging process. Video is further below...


While delivering a thundering double-handed backhand on the tennis court several years ago, legendary tennis player Rafael Nadal placed his entire weight on his left knee, forcing his quadriceps to step in and stabilize the entire complex of joints.

In that single moment, which involved twisting, turning and extending his body to relay the shot back to his opponent, he ripped his patellar tendon forcing him out of competition for several months.

Nadal backhand


Nadal Knee Injury on Tennis court


The Weight of a Champion

Around 1000 pounds of pressure was delivered to the knee joint just as the left heel struck the ground, causing an unbearable hyperextension of the knee just before bending.

Watch the Full Analysis

With the ACL and Medial Meniscus working overtime to compensate, Nadal felt a rush a of pain shoot into the fat pad around his knee.  The video below shows the tibia in a fixed position, with the femur still moving; a perfect recipe for disaster as Nadal goes into his fabled body rotation. 

The Layoffs

This injury turned out to be one of many for this hard-working athlete, with the most recent one coming during the quarterfinals of the Australian Open, forcing him to question the brutal regime of the ATP tour and whether his body can truly stand up to the effects of aging.

Weight on the Knee



Experiencing knee pain



Fear of Surgery

The biggest fear for athletes, especially once they go beyond the age of 30 is the looming spectre of surgery.  The risks, long-layoffs and indeterminate outcomes make them rightly weary, leading them to seek out the latest advances in medical science for alternatives,  

How Nadal Approaches Knee Rehabilitation

While they may be genetically gifted, athletes like Nadal are also cognizant of the subtle appearance of osteoarthritis or Degenerative Joint Disease  (DJD), giving them another area for concern.  Just like us, they cannot escape the affects of aging that escalate with a chronic knee injury. 

As you may expect, some of their solutions border on the space-age.  For instance, Its been reported that Nadal uses an anti-gravity treadmill machine to gently keep him in shape during injury layoffs, sparing his knee undue pressure and jolting.

Knee Rehab machine

However, it’s in the field of Regenerative Medicine that Nadal has often cast his gaze to seek an accelerated healing flight path, without the risks of surgery.  

For two consecutive years, Nadal specifically tested out PRP allowing him to recover 100% from a knee injury.    He also tried out stem cell therapy for his lower back, which we described in this recent sports medicine article several months ago.  

 It must be noted that while not every cellular treatment protocol has been 100% completely successful, Nadal recognizes that the procedures become more advanced and powerful each year, giving him greater opportunities to accelerate the knee rehabilitation process. 

Stem cells are influencing several areas of medicine,  including orthopedic procedures aimed at regenerating cartilage and producing an anti-inflammatory effect.  

Typically, this involves harvesting a patient's own bone marrow and fat cells to target joint damage, especially in the knees. 

Since Nadal may play close to 80 matches per year, each one grueling in intensity, there is a natural advantage to seeking out alternatives to surgery when injury strikes as per the video above.

“The schedule is crazy,” said Nadal.  “It’s crazy now, it was crazy before and it will still be crazy next year. You can’t make your body go to the limit for the whole year. It’s just not possible.”

To put his statement in perspective consider this statistic:  In 1992, the a ground-stroke reached roughly 60 m.p.h in the men’s game.  Today that speed may approach 100 m.p.h.

We are thus asking superhuman demands from our athletes. In return, they are asking for alternatives to surgery.  

While the video above demonstrates a specific injury to an elite athlete, the truth is any one of us reading this article may experience the same injury while running on the beach or playing catch with our grandson.  It could even happen at work while carrying a box up the stairs. 

But by observing the injury patterns we see on the tennis court and how super athletes respond to new forms of knee rehabilitation we can repurpose these approaches inside minimally invasive Stem Cell Procedures for our patients in Bonita Springs.

While none of us are machines, we can turn to science and technology to explore safer alternatives to surgery and a faster approach to healing the human body.  

Nobody is pursuing this approach more keenly that one of the world’s greatest tennis players, Rafael Nadal. Let's keep watching him - both on and off the court.


18/Dec/2018
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Ahh, time flies by.   Those vintage days back in the 50s, 60s and 70s were some of of the fondest and brightest moments of our life, where we pursued our passions, hobbies, sports and laid the foundations of who we are NOW as human beings.

Cellular Therapies

Time Left To Stem Cell Therapy Seminar

​Event is sold out and will begin shortly. Click the link below to read more about what attendees will learn in the  seminar, including treating #Osteoarthritis #SportsInjuries and #JointPain With #StemCellTherapy.

Lets Wind Back The Clock With Regenerative Medicine

Your silent and unwavering supporters during these golden years,  and up to the present day, were your #Joints and #Hormones.

Your Knee Joints went into battle for you each time you played a game of tennis or went water skiing on those magical sun-kissed days.  Your hormones, including estrogen in woman and testosterone in men, helped balance your moods and gave you energy to hike up that mountain with friends.

Now, as a seasoned veteran of life you boast decades of experience and the joy of marriage, family, friendship and community.  But because you have lived a full life your faithful servants including your hip and shoulder joints may no longer service you the way they did way back in the day.  You may also feel less sprightly and perhaps suffer from sleepless nights due to wavering hormone levels or the affects of joint pain.

But Where There is Life, There is Hope.

Experience the miracle of #RegenerativeMedicine and take one step closer to reclaiming a full and rich life where your knee and hip joints no longer ache and your mood, energy and outlook on life are balanced and optimized.

We are here to give back to your faithful servants, your unwavering supporters, those wonderful mechanisms and structures inside the human body which carried you through life.

It is our privilege and honor to offer you family-oriented healthcare using science and research to guide our treatment plans, built upon the foundations of hope and empathy.

Try One Last Time...

If you feel full of despair, like life is against you, or you experience pain walking up stairs and the frustration of fatigue when you march through the day, then its time to “try one last time” to find a solution.

That “One Last Time” is MedicalMasters.org, a clinic built upon the foundations of Osteopathic Medicine and currently pioneering new treatments in Cellular  Medicine, including Stem Cell Therapy, Hormone Balancing and Nutritional Counseling.

Your journey through life is our journey, too, and we will always be here for you, no matter what stage of life you currently find yourself in. 

100 POINT HEALTH SCORE

When you are ready to take the next step in your journey towards optimum health, please schedule a Comprehensive Medical Assessment, CMA, with Dr. Coleman, a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine, and an expert in Regenerative Medicine. 


18/Dec/2018
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125 years ago the legendary Dr. Andrew Taylor Still, MD, founded Osteopathic Medicine, a profound turning point in modern medicine that ultimately led to the genesis of MedicalMasters.org. Please join me on this journey….

dr. steve coleman's credentials


Key medical milestones in his career as a physician.

1979

MEDICAL DEGREE

Michigan State University

Dr. Coleman received his undergraduate education at Michigan State University, laying a strong foundation in Internal Medicine.

1984

OSTEOPATHIC DEGREE​​​

Kirksville College of

Osteopathic Medicine.

He attended the Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine in Missouri, which was the very first school of osteopathic medicine in the world. 

2007

REGENERATIVE DIPLOMA

American Academy and Board of Regenerative Medicine, or AABRM

With certificate number 42, he was one the first physicians to become board certified by the American Academy and Board of Regenerative Medicine, or AABRM

Dr. Steve Coleman, D.O

If you are currently experiencing knee pain from a previous injury or sports-related trauma we may be able to help.
Please schedule a Comprehensive Medical Assessment (CMA) to determine if you qualify for promising new treatments
in Stem Cell Therapy, Prolotherapy and PRP.


18/Dec/2018
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“I was scheduled for a bilateral partial knee replacement when I came across Dr. Coleman’s Stem Cell Therapy Program,” said Jorge Gutman, an active, athletic 54-year old suffering from debilitating arthritis pain in both knees.  Tired of being held back from his very active business and lifestyle, he was searching for a better solution to his chronic knee pain.

Key Takeaways

  • Virtually no pain 90 days after treatment
  • Regained nearly all knee mobility
  • Enjoying full range of activities: Walking, Gym, Biking 

Surgical Alternatives

After running through the gamut of medical options, including hyaluronic acid injections (artificial joint fluid), Mr. Gutman decided to try one last thing; prior to the final decision of partial joint replacement. “Although I do not recommend waiting until there is this little cartilage and with much other disease present, Jorge was quite lucky to get such an excellent result,” said Dr. Coleman.

His decision to cancel surgery was a very personal decision that he and his wife made based on their desires and needs.  In Jorge’s case, it turned out to be one of the best decisions of his life, and something that truly pleased his wife.

Dr. Steve Coleman

Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine

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“I never try to influence patients one way or the other regarding elective surgeries, but if they ask me about other options, I give them the best informed consent that I am able to. That’s my duty as a physician.”

Cytokines in Knee Joint Repair With Dr Steve Coleman


Click Bone-on-Bone: The Knee Pain That Will Not Wait to read about the consequences of waiting too long to treat to knee pain and osteoarthritis.

“Certainly, there are many times when the Surgeon is your best, and most important friend,” said Dr. Coleman.

“Three months after Dr. Coleman extracted my bone marrow and fat cells and re-injected them back into my knees, I now have a 90% reduction in pain.  The mobility is unbelievably improved,” Jorge said of his experience with the MedicalMasters.org Stem Cell Therapy Program.

Feedback From Jorge

Stem Cell Therapy Healing Process

Mr. Gutman reports that he is now able touch both knees with virtually zero tenderness, while also being able to perform basic activities of daily living, including bending and crossing his knees, and getting up from the toilet without pain. That really is a big deal.

For the last two years these simple movements had triggered horrific pain and disability for Jorge. For the first time in years, things are getting better, not worse.

90-Day Follow Up

At his 90-day follow up visit with Dr. Coleman, Jorge’s wife Mahaela confirmed the steady progress in his knee mobility and pain reduction since the initial injections.

Mihaela - Wife of Stem Cell Therapy Patient

 Mihaela 

 Wife of Jorge 

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“His pain gradually disappeared each day.  I would ask him daily: ‘is it better or worse today?’  Each time he would answer: ‘BETTER!’”

The procedures, which took just a few hours to administer at Dr. Coleman’s clinic in Bonita Springs, Florida USA were almost painless according to Jorge. “The worst part was the knee injections, not the bone marrow procedure,” according to Jorge.

Following his successful treatment, Mr. Gutman has been able to return to activities he and his wife were previously denied, such as walking on the beach together, riding their bikes, and getting back to the gym.  These simple life pleasures were unthinkable until now for Jorge, who described the debilitating and constant effects of knee pain due to osteoarthritis:

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Jorge

Stem Cell Patient

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“I was laying in bed, sleeping with pain.  And, it was 24-hours per day. I could not do basic things properly, like walk or bend my knees. I was on my way to the surgeon’s table before my visit to Dr. Coleman,”

“When Jorge walked into my office for a Comprehensive Medical Assessment (CMA) just before Christmas, he was hobbling badly, with an obvious gait disorder caused by arthritic knees and more than 18 years of punishing work in the construction industry,” said Dr. Coleman.

“He described needle and knife like pains jabbing the knees, near the ligament attachment areas of the bone. It was causing him so much discomfort that he could not touch the knee without wincing in pain.”

During the initial osteopathic physical examination, Dr. Coleman also noted the extreme crepitance and crackling in the knee joints while palpating the knee, and during positive orthopedic motion tests.

“Jorge indicated to me a pain level of 8 out 10 prior to the stem cell procedures.  At his 90-day follow up visit, he now reports that the pain has dropped to 2 out of 10,  which is remarkable indeed.”

90% Decrease in Pain

“His gait (walking) now appears largely normal, suggesting a strong recovery. The video of him post-procedure speaks for itself.  This is the truth, and the proof, as we now know it.

This is real progress,” said Dr. Coleman.

Advanced Cellular Therapies

The advanced procedures used in Jorge’s case involved extracting a combination of hematopoietic stem cells (bone marrow) and mesenchymal stem cells found in fat tissue (adipose), along with PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) from his own blood. There are no infectious diseases possible when using this strategy.  This synergistic combination is used to help promote tissue and possibly help cartilage regeneration. The minimally invasive procedure also stimulates cytokine proteins, which help to promote the healing processes and modulate inflammation.

“I also followed Dr. Coleman’s advice and made sure that I moved my knees as much as possible and drank plenty of water in the days following the procedure.”

This “active recovery process” is recommended in order to help accelerate the healing cascade while minimizing the chances of a blood clot forming. It also maximizes gains in the range of motion for the treated joints.

“There was definitely some discomfort in the first 1 to 2 days following the knee injections, and I struggled with walking, but within the next two weeks I noticed a rapid improvement and now there is barely any pain at all,” said Mr. Gutman of his recovery journey following the procedure.

Dr. Coleman will be continuing to monitor Jorge’s progress over the next year or two to optimize the recovery process using his background in osteopathic regenerative medicine.  

“Whenever possible, my goal is to give patients an alternative to riskier surgery. I previously described the negative consequences of allowing joint pain to escalate to full bone-on-bone osteoarthritis which at that point becomes difficult to treat,” said Dr. Coleman.  “I try to stress the importance of taking action against joint degeneration before this stage of chronic inflammation and deterioration is reached.” 

“Unfortunately, some people choose not to do anything before the end stage for a few reasons.  Since insurance does not cover regenerative medicine procedures like stem cells, some patients hesitate to spend their money on their health. If you wait until there is no other option besides major joint surgery, your insurance will cover it, but beware the hidden costs involved,” Dr. Coleman said.

“Fortunately, Jorge decided to seek alternatives, and took action to avoid a surgery that he did not want. In this limited situation, stem cell therapy has kept him off of the operating table and has allowed us to positively influence the negative effects of ligamentous laxity and osteoarthritis.”

Meanwhile, Jorge and his wife Mihaela are looking forward to the healing process and are hopeful about the long-term benefits of regenerative medicine.

“I am definitely getting better.  I went from being barely able to walk right after the procedure, to walking very slowly, to walking almost normally now.  Little by little my knees are improving. Stem Cell Therapy has fixed it.  I’m anxiously waiting to see what the next four or five months brings!”

Dr Coleman was delighted to help Jorge and Mihaela, but cautioned that:

“Doctors don’t heal patients.  Cells do.

But it sure is fun to be the quarterback for the team.”

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More about Dr. Coleman, D.O, and our clinic. 

1979

MEDICAL DEGREE

Michigan State University

Dr. Coleman received his undergraduate education at Michigan State University, laying a strong foundation in Internal Medicine.

1984

OSTEOPATHIC DEGREE​​​

Kirksville College of

Osteopathic Medicine.

He attended the Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine in Missouri, which was the very first school of osteopathic medicine in the world. 

2007

REGENERATIVE DIPLOMA

American Academy and Board of Regenerative Medicine, or AABRM

With certificate number 42, he was one the first physicians to become board certified by the American Academy and Board of Regenerative Medicine, or AABRM

Dr. Steve Coleman, D.O

If you are currently experiencing knee pain from a previous injury or sports-related trauma we may be able to help.
Please schedule a Comprehensive Medical Assessment (CMA) to determine if you qualify for promising new treatments
in Stem Cell Therapy, Prolotherapy and PRP.


18/Dec/2018
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Is there a hidden agent in the healing process which could enhance our understanding and treatment of knee osteoarthritis and knee joint sports injuries?  Our regenerative clinic believes this may well be the case as we absorb fascinating new research about special protein messengers in the human body we call Cytokines.

These signalling proteins are being watched closely by leading academics & practitioners exploring new frontiers in stem cell biology, including Dr. Coleman, D.O., who has recently announced the introduction of cytokines into MedicalMasters.org suite of regenerative cellular injection technologies related to healing knee joints, hip joints, shoulder joints, and lower back pain.

Time course of knee-joint swelling in rats with AIA used to evaluate cytokine mRNA. Values are means (n = 4 to 6); vertical bars indicate the standard error of the mean. The disease is characterized by rapid onset of acute inflammation, a peak on day 1, and a transition to chronicity on day 6. **P ≤ 0.01 in comparison with day 0; ++P ≤ 0.01 in comparison with the preceding date. AIA, antigen-induced arthritis.
A study publish in Research Gate related to the time course of knee-joint swelling in rats with AIA used to evaluate cytokine mRNA

This family of messenger proteins affect nearly every biological process in the human body including, but not limited to: infection response, embryonic development and the potential for inflammation in the joint space area around the knee.

The more we learn about cytokines the more we believe they create favorable conditions for the knee joint to heal faster when paired with autologous stem cells extracted from your own body, including fat and bone marrow cells.  While we may use technical terms to classify these micro-healers including peptides, glycoproteins, or proteins, in simple terms they have a powerful, local effect on hinge joints such as the knee and hip.

Of particular interest is the role pro-inflammatory cytokines and mediators play in the onset and progression of osteoarthritis. Conversely, we also have group of anti-inflammatory cytokines which do the opposite and reduce inflammation.     In other words, each time your knee painfully swells up after an injury (or gradually over time from the degenerative effects of osteoarthritis), we can partly trace the cause back to a group of “bad” cytokines, aptly labeled by my colleague Dr. Purita

The Scene of the Crime

Cytokines In Knee Osteoarthritis
This diagram explores role of obesity in aggravating osteoarthritis. It also examines how cytokines influence in the healing process.

We are learning how to manipulate both the good and bad cytokines in different approaches, all with the end goal of reducing knee pain and accelerating joint repair.   For patients with advanced osteoarthritis, we find higher levels of Interleukin 1 (IL-1) and Interleukin 6 (IL-6), two powerful cytokines in the human body that essentially “murder” good cells and produce a swelling effect in your knee or hip joint.   Joining them in this crime, is Tissue Necrosis Factor (TNF).

Cumulatively, these “bad” agents group together to halt joint repair at the cellular level.  These cytokines are immune to non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.   By careful analysis of DNA synthesis, scientists have also discovered the heroes of our story, the so-called “good” cytokines which help reduce the swelling in your knee and promote joint healing.

Here Come The Good Guys

In recent years, stem cell tissue engineering studies of cytokines show that the cellular trafficking mechanisms described above also provide agents to fight the negative effects of joint inflammation.   These healing messenger proteins or “good” cytokines were first discovered in 1984 and appear to stimulate collagen growth that assist in healing knee cartilage.  In fact, they are key ingredients in stem cell therapy and cellular regeneration which we offer at our clinic.

While their names are technical and arcane, they are worth knowing since they may hold the key to getting you back on the tennis court faster or simply allowing you to walk pain free.  

Importantly, they have an effect similar to  “icing” a painful joint and play a role in tissue repair.  

Interluekin-1-Antogonist (AIL-1/IL-1A)

Interleukin 1 receptor antagonist Cytokines in Knee Joint

These agents help block the inflammatory effects of Interleukin 1 (IL-1) mentioned earlier.  They have other roles, too, but this particular healing effect is something scientists and doctors  are watching closely, including MedicalMasters.org.

Interluekin 10

Interleukin 10 (IL-10) Cytokines In Joint Inflammation

Researchers have noted the regulatory role that Interluekin 10 plays in a variety of human immune responses, including stimulating joint repair.  Specifically, it may prevent cellular damage and help maintain normal tissue homeostasis by reducing inflammation and joint destruction.

IGF-1

 IGF-1 Cytokine and Growth Factors in Anti Inflammation in Knee

For some time now, medical researchers have noted the potential therapeutic for cartilage repair exhibited by the “growth” cytokine, IGF-1, when injected intra-articularly into the knee joint.  While this approach is challenging, mainly due to the short half-life of this cytokine, significant progress has been made in recent years which suggest its beneficial use within stem cell therapy and other injection protocols, including PRP.   

The Dawn Of Maximum Joint Healing

The human body’s blood cells producing these cytokines are thus offering regenerative physicians a “united cellular front” to to stimulate cartilage repair while reducing inflammation using the power of active growth hormones such as IGF-1.  By countering the “bad” cytokines our cellular “good guys” inhibit the destructive proteins and stimulate key cell receptors which stimulate stem cells and PRP to build up new cartilage and tissue.

Our clinic is extremely excited by the introduction of Cytokine Medicine for knee osteoarthritis and sports injuries as it allows us to exceed the limitations of standard PRP by using a variety of messenger protein applications for the patient at more affordable prices than in the past.

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The stages and effects of knee osteoarthritis and degenerative joint disease.

This means MedicalMasters.org will be able to offer patients hybrid cytokine treatments including oral tablets, injectables and transdermal creams, which will all work together as “cellular growth mechanisms” along with stem cell therapy and  Advanced PRP to promote joint and cartilage healing.   

It’s also important to realize that cytokines are increasingly being used as possible candidates for biochemical markers.  Both the “bad” (pro-inflammatory) and the “good” (anti-inflammatory) cytokines help determine the severity of osteoarthritis and degenerative joint disease and may act as both diagnostic and prognostic tools.

As Science Magazine recently stated,  we are in the midst of a major paradigm shift in how we think about treating disease and the regeneration of damaged tissues, with cytokines being the spear tip in this endeavor.

Ask Us About Cytokine Medicine in Knee Joint Repair

We invite all readers to inquire about the introduction of cytokine medicine into our stable of regenerative cellular injection tools including Stem Cell Therapy, PRP and Prolotherapy.    

Our same-day, minimally invasive orthopedic procedures are showing great promise for those suffering from knee pain, arthritis, and sports injuries (which include partial tears ofthe ACL, MCL tears and Meniscus).  Since we harvest the stem cells (autologously) from your own body there are no major issues with immunity or rejection. This combination of hematopoietic stem cells or bone marrow with mesenchymal stem cells found in fat tissue (adipose) help promote tissue and cartilage regeneration.  

Both of these sources are valuable but offer different advantages especially when paired with cytokine medicine.  By implementing a functional or integrative medicinal approach to patient healing we can tackle a number of soft tissue and cartilage injuries in the various joint areas.  These include shoulder bursitis, partial rotator cuff tears, tendonitis (including tennis elbow and achilles tendonitis) and aging-related knee joint issues.

Since cytokines are a key part of stem cell differentiation, we can now extend our capabilities further to minimize inflammation and stimulate tissue repair.

We expect Cytokine Medicine to become a powerful new tool in our regenerative clinic over the next few years and we look forward to sharing these results in upcoming patient success stories.

 


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18/Dec/2018
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One of the biggest challenges we see as regenerative medicine doctors, is the patient who has been suffering from joint paint for quite some time. Often these patients have had other more conservative therapy such as cortisone injections, anti-inflammatory medications, braces, therapy, and cortisone shots.

All, with no long term relief. I have heard many, many, patients say something very similar to the following:

“I got a cortisone shot and it was great for 3 days”

“The next time, It lasted for a couple of days”

The time after that , It did nothing”

If the patient waits even longer, and then sees a surgeon, they are frequently told “your only option is a total joint replacement

Don’t wait until it’s too late

This is unfortunate for the patient on many levels.

  • Total joint replacement is often curative for the Pain part of a serious joint degeneration. However, it carries other quite significant risks such as failed surgery, peri-operative infection, or blood clot risk. Not to mention cost to the patient and society.
  • The most serious risk to this surgery is of course :General anesthesia. Sometimes patients just don’t wake up from the procedure. A total disaster and a total loss.
  • The total dollars consumed is much, much higher for total joint replacement versus stem cell injection therapy ( total joints cost on average, 10 to 20 x as much as stem cell therapy)
  • A total joint replacement cannot by its nature, be a staged or stepped procedure. You either go all the way with a total joint replacement or you suffer on in silence.
  • With staged regenerative medicine procedures you can choose to treat more aggressively or less so, based on the patients needs and budget.
  • Pain medication therapy does nothing to change the course of the medical problem. It only treats the symptoms.
    This approach is fine in a morbid condition such as cancer or other fatal conditions. Is it appropriate for people who want or need to continue living? Only you and your family can answer that question.
  • Narcotics as an alternative to active treatment is quite a poor choice over time. You can only take narcotics for so long, before they stop working (Tachy-Phylaxis) or serious side effects rear their ugly head (overdose, loss of vitality and addiction)
  • Remember, there is virtually no risk to the surgeon who performs unnecessary surgery: the same cannot be said for the patient.
  • As an “Old School” Osteopathic Physician, I take my oath of Hippocrates, very seriously. See Plaque as given to me by Dr. James Clary, D.O. (circa 1960’s) upon his retirement.
  • It is much more logical to stop a damn when it begins to leak, than it is to wait until it completely washes out, and there is little foundation to build on.
  • I am not anti-surgery on any level. But I am totally for complete and informed choice for the patient. Who waits till the fire is through the roof before calling the fire department? Not I.
  • You as the patient, have the absolute right to demand what is best for your specific condition. One size does not fit all.

Don’t wait until it’s too late

  • Before you get to Bone on Bone, see a Regenerative Medicine Doctor.
  • Treat all medical problems before they become critical. It will save you time, money, grief and pain if you do.
  • I always put myself in the imagined position of the patient and ask, What is the best thing to do? Expect your doctor to do the same.  Would she or he, just let things go until a major surgery is the only option?

Always give your doctor the Mother Test:

Doctor, What would you do if I were your own mother?

That will give you the real answer to a true dilemma.