NAPLES, Florida, Nov 26, 2018 /MedicalMasters.org/ - The introduction of the 0-Shot® or Orgasm Shot® for women in Naples, Fl, represents the next generation in functional regenerative procedures for treating sexual dysfunction, incontinence and improving overall sexual health for aging women as they approach, enter and depart menopause.
The quick, non-surgical approach to restoring vaginal health, including amplifying female orgasms, uses the power of Platelet-Rich Plasma or PRP to trigger a regenerative healing process in the vaginal complex, particularly for women past the age of 35.
The four-part process, which takes only 10-minutes to be administered by a certified provider of the 0-Shot® at MedicalMasters.org in Naples, is virtually painless and gently restores sexual function and sensitivity in women.
The PRP is made up of the patient's own blood which has been extracted and centrifugally enhanced, using FDA guidelines. This cellular product is gifted to enhance the number of platelets and increase the healing cytokines and interleukins.
When the pure PRP cells are re-injected into the patient, accelerated healing takes place, as the cells migrate towards torn, inflamed or damaged tissues, improving blood flow and helping nerves regain their function. This is true regenerative medicine.
“I am long-time advocate of using PRP and Stem Cells in Naples for orthopedic problems and have a myriad of patient success stories showing the value of this cellular approach,” said Dr. Steve Coleman, Founder & Medical Director of MedicalMasters.org which services Naples, Estero, Fort Myers and Bonita Springs.
“The Orgasm Shot® and its PRP-based approach is a direct extension of that knowledge. The body can heal itself. We know that going all the way back to Andrew Taylor Still, M.D. the founder of Osteopathic Medicine, in 1892.”
The Level 1 office procedure uses the patient’s own tissue and blood plasma to allow a safe, risk-free approach to restorative healing in the vagina. In addition to boosting sex drive and amplifying the G-Spot, the Naples 0-Shot® also helps women regulate stress & urinary incontinence, a worrying and debilitating condition that many women are afraid to talk about or ultimately seek treatment for.
“Our certified providers of the 0-Shot® use a patented micro-needling process involving a precise instrument, that can only be performed (legally) by a trained physician in the functional procedure. We are also expert practitioners of a cellular injection technique call Prolotherapy, giving our team an unrivaled advantage in administering Platelet-RichPlasma (PRP) in Naples, Bonita Springs, Estero and Bonita Springs, ” said Dr. Coleman.
In addition to the 0-Shot® for Sexual Dysfunction, MedicalMasters.org offers a male version, call The P-Shot® or Penis Shot ® to boost male sexual performance, target erectile dysfunction, and increase penis girth and length.
The functional and anatomical benefits of PRP procedures for both men and women are drawing interest world-wide and attracting patients to our medical clinic in Bonita Springs, Naples, Estero and Forty Myers,” said Dr. Coleman.
NAPLES, Florida, Nov 14, 2018 /MedicalMasters.org/ —MedicalMasters.org has announced a new functional regenerative treatment therapy for men suffering from Erectile Dysfunction (ED), erectogenic disorders, and Peyronie’s Disease, called the P-Shot® (or Priapus Shot ®) in Naples, Bonita Springs & Estero – all without surgery.
The P-Shot® not only boosts sexual performance but also offers a cellular approach to male penis enhancement, utilizing a patient’s own blood or Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) to spark tissue regeneration and new extracellular matrixes which add to girth while also elongating the penis.
“The patented and proprietary P-Shot® offers men a gentle non-surgical procedure for overcoming ED and achieving a better, healthier sex life with their partners,” said Dr. Steve Coleman, D.O., Founder of MedicalMasters.org, a clinic with a local presence in Naples, Estero, Fort Myers and Bonita Springs, Fl.
The functional and anatomical benefits of PRP modalities are numerous and significant. The 10 minute Level 1 office procedure extracts just 8 ml of your own blood to recover 80% of powerful platelets and proteins that are concentrated using a centrifugal system, and re-injected safely and gently back into the penis. Four key objectives are met with the procedure.
- Increased Size & Girth
- Enhanced Sexual Performance
- Regulating Painful Curvatures in the Penis
- Eliminating stress or urge urinary incontinence in men
Dr. Coleman is a strong proponent and advocate of using PRP and Stem Cells for Orthopedic problems, which are now extending into several other branches of regenerative medicine. A multitude of published studies confirm its potency in helping both men and women pursue a non-pharmacologic approach to sexual health, vitality and performance.
Harvesting the patient’s own and using a special centrifugal machine to separate out white and red blood cells, results in a purified blood plasma full of rich, powerful growth factors, cytokines, and interleukins which spark a regenerative process inside the penis and surrounding tissue.
The procedures take around 10 minutes and has zero risk for the patient since it uses the patient’s own blood. By rejuvenating and revitalizing the penis at a cellular level, the P-Shot® represents the next generation of non-invasive procedures for men who wish to overcome sexual performance issues or simply wish to correct the painful and embarrassing effects of Peyronie’s Disease which creates an unnatural curve or bend in the penis.
The thickening and lengthening effects of the PRP-based penile procedure is a welcome side effect for many men.
“Viagra® and Cialis® type medications are not appropriate for all men. Women who suffer from vaginal dryness suffer terribly and have few options. Urinary incontinence is an incredible burden to the proud women who suffer with it” said Dr. Coleman.
The quick, relatively painless procedure involves only a minor degree of discomfort and occasional redness, which usually resolves itself by the next day. This is the new intersection of science and physician skill which offers a marvelous opportunity for male patients to regain self-confidence during sexual activities while also pursuing several functional and regenerative benefits.
About Dr. Steve Coleman, D.O
*Dr. Steven Coleman D.O. is a distinguished graduate of the Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine, the world wide original Osteopathic Medical College, founded in 1892 by Dr. Andrew Taylor Still M.D. in the United States of America. KCOM is located in Kirksville Missouri, USA 63501.
He holds an original Doctor of Osteopathy degree (D.O.) issued in Kirksville Missouri. He is twice certified by the American Osteopathic Board of Internal Medicine, the First Specialty recognized by the American Osteopathic Association. He is passionate about delivering the best care he is able of, to as many patients as he can.
Ken is a Brilliant, 43 year old entrepreneur from Philadelphia who recently visited us in Florida with a Major Game-Stopping problem. He had built his Fitness Business from one small gym, into five thriving Fitness Centers that were ready to dominate the market and change many lives. A vision so important that he deserved all of our attentions.
But one problem was holding him back.
You guessed it … Back Pain.
Back pain was stopping his game.
Making him take a time out, when he was still ready to play. Making him ride the cart, when he really wanted to walk. Making him stop after 9 holes, instead of blazing through 18. It hurt him both in business and on the links. Here is how we evaluated him and got him back-In-the-game.
Ken had one major problem: a nagging low back pain, which stopped him from enjoying everything that had helped him become the man he is. Yet, he still is the only man who created all this fitness business. He did not want to lose it all to back pain.
After completion of our unique, Comprehensive Medical Assessment (CMA) the origin of his pain was starkly elucidated.
Taking a note from from basic osteopathic medicine, and looking at the history and physical findings, we quickly realized that the patient will tell you what their medical problem is, if you just listen to them long enough. Next we did a proper, old school history and physical.
No computer can yet do that. Yet.
The doctor does not control this process, even though she or he may think they do. The patient and their story control it all. The osteopathic way predates what is now called “Functional Medicine”.
We can see so far today, because we stand on the shoulders of Giants. Even if we don’t know who they were or what they contributed to human evolution.
Andrew Taylor Still M.D. was one of the earliest and biggest of those Giants in medicine, starting in 1892. He envisioned and then created the healing system of Osteopathic Medicine. Less drugs, less surgery, more touching and healing the patient. Real medical leaders.
When taking the comprehensive history of Ken, we had to look far back in his life. All the way back to the origin of his pain. Discussing it and analyzing it is also therapeutic. The patient had seen a dozen doctors, yet none of his previous providers had let the patient tell his story, in his own way, and listened to understand. He finally was able to fully share the rocky journey he had endured.
Prescribing a True Regenerative treatment plan including stem cell therapy , nutritional support or intravenous rescue, should never be a one size fits all, never a routine approach.
It is not off the shelf, It cannot be: “off the shelf”.
Your exact cells at this time and place are the exact cells your body needs to heal itself.
The purpose of our individualized regenerative medicine approach is that it is specific to this patient at this time based on the needs of this patient.
It is not designed for the benefit of the Doctor, the payment involved or the chosen intervention.
If only mainstream medicine would learn from the patient, what the patient needs, not what the system needs.
It requires a careful diagnostic evaluation of the patient’s entire medical history.
Each person has a unique physiologic historic timeline that’s influenced by several traditional medical treatments over the years. These surgical or pharmaceutical approaches may work for a while but ultimately fail to address the root cause of disease and its messy effects.
This is the Medical Masters, Osteopathic way.
This was exactly the case in Ken’s dilemma.
“Dr. Coleman, I’m having pain in my lower lumbar area which has increased over the last month or so. I went golfing yesterday and it aggravated the pain, mostly in my left hip. It’s a shooting, stabbing pain that leads to spasms and makes me tighten up,” he said.
Ken was obviously in peak shape for his age, having spent years playing athletic sports like football and golf. He certainly looks like a major fitness expert.
After detailed questions and additional orthopedic and neurological testing of the Spine and extremities, it emerged that two key incidents were the progenitors for his present condition. They both happened decades ago.
The details of the first event, that he only recalled with caring questioning , happened when he was just 18 years old while lifting groceries out of his car.
“I was leaning over and pulling stuff out of my trunk. I suddenly felt my lower back spasm. It was a strange sensation that I have never felt. After that, it would flare up every once in a while. Now it's out of control” he said.
In fact, after further prodding, it emerged that over a period of decades he would recall sometimes getting up from a seated position only to find himself spasming, literally rocking his body and unsettling his balance.
Then, suddenly it would be gone, and things would be good for a while. What gives?
The second incident(s) involved athletic activities like golfing or lifting weights where he sporadically experienced a sharp tweak or pinching pain in his lower sacroiliac joint. This pain was separate and intermittent, but often related to the other disc related back pain.
After further investigation, it emerged that the pain evolved and spread to his shoulder blades.
“I almost felt like a knife had been stabbed behind the left shoulder. I tried moving around to loosen it up, but this only made it worse, to the point where I started experiencing pins and needles in my fingers and even legs. My legs and hands would go just go very weak,” he said. Nothing, including manipulation, and traction decompression helped.
An MRI would later reveal a herniated disk requiring several months of physical therapy which provided some short-term relief but never enough to stop the pain train.
He was eventually compelled to undertake a Microdiscectomy surgery, which removes a small piece of bone over the nerve root with the goal of relieving the nerve entrapment. In theory, it should relieve the pain totally. In theory. But since the body is held together with an omnipresent connecting material called fascia, rarely is there one single problem that can be cured with the magic bullet approach.
This all too common, but incredibly invasive procedure, to relieve the so-called “bulging disk” did work for a while, but always, the pain would return, usually with a vengeance.
This really is a dilemma.
Ken confirmed that in the last five years he had seen a consistent increase in the stabbing pain and spasms, particularly when playing golf or moving from sitting to the standing position.
Forget swinging a club.
The last two months had been particularly unpleasant until he saw an old friend of his, a physician who had seen Dr. Coleman for severe chronic pain in both shoulders.
“When I met Dr. Len, I couldn’t get out of my chair. I literally could not walk. The pain shot through my lower back and I had repeated pain spasms.”
It was at this meeting that Dr. Len mentioned the successful treatment he had undergone at Medical Masters.org.
Ken continued to stretch and use physical activity like golf in an attempt to get the blood flowing and his joints loose again.
Then, two weeks ago, he woke up and his world was frozen.
“I was shocked. I could barely get out of bed and walk. I was in agony and literally bent over from the pain.”
This was the tipping point for his initial call to MedicalMasters.org, where we put him through a 100 Point Health Score and began to build a treatment strategy specific to Ken.
I informed Ken that once you experience disk issues it can have residual effects in surrounding joints and ligaments. This tightening effect along the lamina and adjacent vertebrae is also influenced by imbalances in muscle tone or general posture. The fact that he experienced pain while in - or moving to - a standing position offered additional clues as to the possible problems.
In his case, I believed that stem cell therapy involving the precise extraction of the patient’s own cellular cells including bone marrow (hematopoietic stem cells) and adipose derived stem cells (mesenchymal cells) and its re-injection into the lumbar and sacroiliac joint. would assist in returning normal body function and reducing overall pain levels. These injections do not specifically target nerve roots, but can benefit Neurogenic pain coming from smaller nerves.
The joints, ligaments and trigger points, do get targeted. Specifically the lower lumbar facet joints (see link) are excellent targets in those with arthritis in the back.
The procedure took around three and one half hours to complete and Ken reported a positive mood immediately after the same-day treatment.
“I feel a little sore but overall really great. I am super optimistic and excited. I am glad it’s done and look forward to the process of healing. The entire medical team made me very comfortable before, during and after the process.”
This quick procedure, which is done under local anesthesia only (level-1 anesthesia) is designed to be minimally risky while helping patients like Ken have less pain while performing daily activities with less limitations.
Ken will now be monitored, coached, and encouraged over the next 6 to 9 months as part of a patient centered, systematic regenerative approach to healing the human body.
This is more than he signed up for, and we are passionate about delivering it.
Because we care, and it helps us and all of humanity to act on this higher level. It also feels really really good to us in the trenches. This is our glory too. His improvement really matters to us.
While he may experience some physical discomfort over the next weeks, this is a common attribute of the healing process which includes powerful invisible cytokines at work helping with tissue regeneration.
Within a month of the procedure Ken should experience greater mobility and lower pain levels, signaling that this body’s own cells are at work strengthening the surrounding ligaments and tissue in his back.
We invite our readers to return to MedicalMasters.org or visit us on Facebook for follow ups on Kens’ recovery process.
We hope he will be back on the golf course,
Going for that Hole in One.
Hail to the Victors!
They have earned it through blood, sweat and tears.
Rebel Lilly, an active 50-year paddle boarder and outdoor enthusiast is no stranger to pain: She had undergone several past knee surgeries and additional procedures to remove tumors. However, when she pulled her shoulder out of position almost three months ago it put a stop to simple daily activities such as driving or simply sweeping the floor. Full patient video is further below.
Worse, she was unable to enjoy her primary passion, paddle boarding, due to a severely restricted range of motion. Unable to raise her arm more than 10-20 degrees off her hip without screaming in pain, she faced the uncomfortable prospect of more orthopedic surgery to repair her torn rotator cuff with uncertain outcomes.
Barely able to move her arm or neck, she began researching possible alternatives.
After attending one of our previous Stem Cell Seminars in Bonita Springs, Rebel took the brave decision to try regenerative joint healing approaches encompassed in a Medicalmasters.org Stem Cell Injection program.
Dr. Coleman, a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine, carefully compiled a 100-Point Health Score or Comprehensive Medical Assessment (CMA) of Rebel’s condition to determine her candidacy for the Stem Cell Program. Precise shoulder palpation and manipulation, along with MRI scans, confirmed an almost full shoulder tear which accounted for the severe pain and reduced mobility.
Repetitive motions in work and play, can lead to rotator cuff injuries. This includes occupations such as carpentry or sports such as CrossFit, where athletes perform high-rep pull ups on a regular basis. In Lilly’s case, paddle boarding, which involves short, similar strokes can also aggravate and put pressure on the shoulder joints if not done correctly or performed hundreds, if not thousands of times, during a calendar week.
Her qualification by Dr. Coleman in the CMA, enabled her to undertake a same-day procedure to extract her bone marrow and fat adipose cells to galvanize rich regenerative stem cells containing Cytokines for accelerated joint repair. These were re-injected back into group of muscles and tendons that surround the shoulder joint, the so-called Rotator Cuff, which keeps the head of your upper arm bone firmly with the overall socket of the shoulder.
The 4 to 6-hour procedure allowed Rebel to go straight home following the stem cell injections. In the days and weeks following the procedure, Rebel’s cells began their mission of rebuilding and re-invigorating the joint. While the healing process can be slightly uncomfortable during the first 14 days following the procedure, this is usually a normal sign that indicates the tissues and ligaments are responding to stem cell differentiation which leads to repair.
MedicalMasters.org used a systematic healing program to accelerate the healing process in Rebel’s shoulder joint. This included precise physical therapy movements such as the wall crawl to increase mobility and range of motion. Rebel performed these 2-3 times per day to oxygenate the blood stimulate tissue repair. MedicalMasters.org works closely with nearby rehabilitative clinics including Bonita Springs Sports & Physical Therapy Center and Therapy Clinics to align regenerative programs with new advances in physical rehabilitation. This symbiotic relationship was described in one of our recent articles The Golden Age of Regenerative Medicine Unites Osteopathic Doctors, Physical Therapists & Compassionate Inventors.
As we approach middle-age (or beyond) Americans are being forced to consider two symbiotic threats to their health which medical research indicates are teaming up to double the risk of heart disease while also limiting the quality of life: Heart disease and osteoarthritis.
By the time you read this, it’s estimated that 50 million adults have already been diagnosed with some type of arthritis including Degenerative Joint Disease (DJD) which is not curable, causes immense pain, and stops us enjoying daily activities such as walking, running or climbing stairs.
Traditionally, doctors tackle this growing disease with Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs or NSAIDS, which while reducing the pain in the short-term inevitably limits the body’s ability to resolve inflammation over the longer-term.
More alarmingly, a Canadian study involving 7743 people with osteoarthritis shows strong evidence that NSAID treatment increases congestive heart failure by nearly 49% while the risk for ischemic heart disease increased by 94.5%, and the risk for stroke increased by 93.3%. These results were supported by cross-referencing NSAID prescription dispensing records present in the Canadian healthcare database.
These health risks are reflective of a non-regenerative approach to medical problems, which involve relying upon both NSAID and steroidal options (such as Cortisone) to treat the symptoms, not the problem.
This traditional methodology arguably leads to inevitable outcome(s) involving either heart surgery or joint replacement surgery, or both! While America is blessed with talented heart and orthopedic surgeons, who wishes to undergo invasive surgery which statistics show are not always successful, carrying both health and financial risks?
Our Osteopathic clinic, with its special emphasis on regenerative protocols such as Stem Cell Therapy, Prolotherapy, PRP and Laser Therapy, is in a unique position to screen and treat middle-aged Americans for both Osteoarthritis and cardiovascular risk factors, while limiting the use of NSAID and additionally minimizing the application of invasive joint surgery.
Early detection of both Osteoarthritis and cardiovascular disease are now considered top priorities in the America and something we take extremely seriously in our clinic.
We are obsessed with three primary objectives which we believe are the key drivers in ensuring a long and productive lifespan for our patients:
Education, early detection of cardiovascular risk factors and an emphasis on non-surgical orthopedic protocols allows us to prevent side-effects from medication and surgery.
The use of Stem Cell Therapy and Laser Therapy allows us to accelerate joint healing and reduce pain, a novel regenerative approach which patients respond positively to.
Nutritional IV supplement programs along with doctor-guided weight loss systems allow us to positively impact your health over the long term.
These programs carefully guided by a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine open up new opportunities to gently nurture, protect and heal the human body especially for adults, men and women, near or above, 45 years in age.
It’s important to remember that the study above and our approach encompassed under the regenerative programs are NOT intended to reflect a negative bias towards surgery, but rather a desire to explore alternatives and only resort to this option when absolutely necessary.
It’s important to remember that the study above and our approach encompassed under the regenerative programs are NOT intended to reflect a negative bias towards surgery, but rather a desire to explore alternatives and only resort to this option when absolutely necessary. These alternatives are reflected in our cellular therapy protocols, including Stem Cell Therapy, and new non-surgical techniques to stimulate joint healing such as Laser Surgery.
BONITA SPRINGS Florida, July 6, 2018 /MedicalMasters.org/ — MedicalMasters.org has announced the immediate introduction of THOR® Laser Therapy into advanced cellular treatment plans, including Stem Cell Injections, to accelerate tissue repair, reduce inflammation and relieve pain in musculoskeletal disorders, including but not limited to, partial tears in knees and shoulder joints.
Clinical evidence published in a number of peer reviewed journals strongly supports an accelerated timeline for reducing pain and inflammation for soft tissue injuries in shoulders and knees, several joint conditions including wrist, hips and ankles, as well as the lower back and neck.
The basic concept behind Thor Lasers involves the highly specialized use of light. Light can stimulate or inhibit cellular function according to both the intensity and the time it is applied by Osteopathic Doctors.
“Patients are responding extremely well to this affordable cellular treatment add on which is applied to the joint areas in the weeks following stem cell procedures, prolotherapy and PRP,” said Dr. Steve Coleman, Medical Director at MedicalMasters.org.
Laser Therapy has been shown to help reduce musculoskeletal pain and inflammation while also helping increase the range of motion for patients who have suffered debilitating injuries such as partial rotator cuff tears in shoulders or partial meniscus tears in knees, two common reasons for patients visiting MedicalMasters.org.
“Our clinic uses the Lasers and LED’s to produce intense beams of light at specific wavelengths. When the right wavelength at the right intensity is used at the correct anatomical location for the right amount of time you can stimulate repair, resolve inflammation and reduce pain.”
Some technical innovations in this process are showing wonderful applications in the cellular therapy field, including its primary mechanism, the effect of light on cytochrome c oxidase. This unbinds nitric oxide and releases ATP leading to improved overall cellular function in patients.
The Thor Lasers help reduce anti-inflammatory effects including PGE2, TNF Alpha and IL-6 in the synovia surrounding damaged tendons. Meanwhile, for analgesia high intensity lasers over nerve supply can inhibit fast axonal flow.
It is also showing great results for older patients suffering from Degenerative Joint Disease (DJD).
Laurie Norman was scheduled for bi-lateral knee replacement. At the last moment, she decided to try MedicalMasters.org’s stem cell therapy program and the promise of regenerative medicine to keep her off the operating table. A well known local dog breeder and dog show contestant, Laurie had for years been struggling with painful joint pain and restricted mobility as she pursued her vocation. In this video, Laurie describes in her own words the results of the stem cell therapy program with Dr. Coleman and its impact on her quality of life.
While not immediately obvious, there is a wonderful and powerful mechanism at work which is bringing Osteopathic Doctors, Physical Therapists and bold Medical Device Inventors together in a synergistic movement to treat, heal and alleviate chronic pain in joint pain sufferers across the world in what we call the Golden Age of Regenerative Medicine.
Few people realize that our discipline has been around for some 100 years, tasked with treating acute injuries, chronic diseases like osteoarthritis and congenital malformations. With the latest breakthroughs in stem cell biology, regenerative clinics offer new viable hope in providing alternatives to invasive knee, hip, lower back or shoulder surgeries. Our field continues to grow, and we are finding new partners and champions in the form of physical therapists and medical device inventors who seek to complement our treatment plans with their own skill sets. This is the backbone of functional medicine, treating the body as a whole and using new, dynamic and scientific approaches to orthopedic healing. By keeping an open mind, we can adapt faster to the ravages of age, disease and injury.
We cannot forget the role physical therapists play in regenerative medicine, especially after patients undergo stem cell procedures, including PRP and Prolotherapy, for joint pain, osteoarthritis (OA), and annular tears (rips in the tough exterior of an intervertebral disc).
This role requires compassion, knowledge and an intricate understanding of the muscular-skeletal system as they help patients mobilize all the key muscles and hinge-joints to accelerate the healing process.
Since our clinic is built upon the science of osteopathic medicine we pay particular attention to the physical rehabilitation process, working closely with select therapists to coordinate a careful, biomechanical flightpath to speedy recovery.
The best results for our patients come by combining rest, correct biomechanical loading, tissue mobilization and various other protocols to gently and methodically guide patients to maximum mobility and skeletal function in the period after the initial stem cell injections.
We also pay close attention to the objectives and goals defined by the Alliance for Regenerative Rehabilitation Research and Training which seeks to foster and nurture a strong collaborative relationship between Osteopathic Doctors such as Dr. Steve Coleman (D.O), Founder of MedicalMasters.org and other Physical Therapist partners, including those operating in and around Bonita Springs.
By educating PT’s on stem cell biology and regenerative medicine protocols, the treatment options available to our patients become more powerful and effective over shorter periods. The AR3T is thus an instrumental body in helping align the groundbreaking medical procedures being implemented by MedicalMasters.org and the evolving rehabilitative structures and processes of nearby physical therapy centers.
We remind our readers that regenerative medicine is currently evolving at a dramatic pace promising to greatly improve the methods and tools for repairing or replacing lost tissue from injury, disease or age via the enhancement of endogenous stem cell function or the transplantation of exogenous stem cells. By working closely with PT’s, we improve the application of mechanical and other physical stimuli to promote functional recovery.
These synergies are something we are extremely excited about and believe will become more advanced and integrated over time as we grow as a regenerative clinic.
But, while our partnership with physical therapists and physical rehabilitation centers is an important component of the regenerative landscape, we sometimes fail to mention other innovators in our realm who use the power of entrepreneurship and compassion to introduce new medical devices that hold the hope of helping you heal faster without the need for invasive surgery.
We are of course talking about medical device inventors, some of them very ordinary people who either suffer from the affliction of degenerative joint disease (DJD) or have a close relationship with somebody who does. In nearly all instances, their personal desire to alleviate suffering ends up having worldwide implications for other sufferers in the form of relief and hope.
In this respect, let’s examine two everyday inventors on opposite sides of the world, Hong Kong and Minnesota respectively, whose devices hold some hope for alleviating the pain and discomfort relating to arthritic joints. Their journey from idea to production, is both heart-warming and relevant. It is also an inspiration to us all, revealing how human ingenuity can transform our daily lives if we use the power of observation.
Our first intrepid inventor is located in Hong Kong who could not stand the sight of his elderly dad in agonizing pain stemming from arthritic knees. For years he watched his dad struggle to walk properly, his gait despairingly altered by the effects of osteoarthritis. Each night, without fail, he would apply a heating pad upon his knee to ease the pain and stimulate mobility. Unfortunately, a few minutes later it would cool off prompting him to ask his wife or son to help him heat it up again. This scenario played out night after night. Surely, Stanley Kwok Chi-Hung thought to himself, there must be a better way.
He had to help his poor dad.
As fortune would have it, Mr. Chi-Hung happened to co-own KnitWarm, a manufacturing company. He brainstormed some ideas with his staff even while he noted that most manufacturing work was increasingly heading to mainland China.
After months of prototyping his team came up with a knee-heating wrap with a special breathable yearn that can be produced without extensive knitting, fully formed.
It is in many respects a breakthrough product for not only helping his ailing dad’s knees but also to a region that is aging quickly leading to a large spike in joint pain sufferers.
In fact, a recent study suggests that among local residents aged 50 and older, 7 per cent of men and 13 per cent of women suffer from osteoarthritis – an age-related condition that causes excruciating pain in the knee and other joints.
Within the next several years these numbers are expected to rise dramatically. The South China Posts reports that some 21 per cent of local residents are expected to be 65 or older, showing the connection to increasing levels of osteoarthritis.
Yet as long as we have compassionate inventors like Mr. Chi-Hung, the field of regenerative medicine can arm itself with more weapons to fight chronic joint pain without necessarily resorting to risky surgery.
Our next inventor, and much closer to home this time, is a young violinist from Mendota Heights, Minnesota, who happily plucked those musical strings from three years old until she was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis at age nine.
The condition was especially prominent in her hands and wrist joints, but she refused to let this stop her from pursuing her musical vocation.
Normally, arthritis only affects those much older. Sarah Betts was indeed unlucky, but she used this misfortune to become a medical entrepreneur.
As time went on Sarah noticed that the more she played her violin, the less pain and swelling her left hand that presses the strings appeared to have compared to her right hand that holds the bow.
This, she thought to herself, was a surprising discovery. Most of the doctors and experts who examined her seemed to have missed this development.
This curiosity became the genesis for a new device she invented to help strengthen and mobilize the joints in the right hand.
She coined the orthopedic hand exercise device, ViEx, and industrially went about securing two patents for her medical invention.
"It has recycled violin strings that you can press down on top of a 3D printed base. Exercises take 10 minutes a day," she said.
The device is now being trialed at several orthopedic centers and received glowing reviews from onsite staff.
Now aged eighteen she has even built up an outreach programs to help the elderly benefit from her device.
"One lady, she could barely open her hand. Now, she's been using it for about a year and a half, and I mean, she can move her hand," Sarah said.
The device is highly affordable, priced at a paltry $3, but the young lady believes she make it even cheaper! See in her action below at a statewide graduation recital - she is quite impressive.
The preceding discussion shows the symbiotic relationship between osteopathic clinics, cellular treatment breakthroughs, physical rehabilitation and the allied contributions of medical device inventors in America and elsewhere.
The most advanced stem cell treatment protocols rely on using a functional approach to guide the initial Comprehensive Medical Assessment (CMA) and combine with physical therapists to develop a holistic treatment plan that will give the fastest and most productive healing approach for our patients.
But we must also be proactive and find new ancillary - often simple tools - that aid in this process. In this respect, we watch the medical device field closely and cheer the progress of inventors like Kwok in Hong Kong and Sarah in Minnesota who used the power of observation and love to combat the awful effects of arthritis that plague all of us as we age.
If there is a commonality among the three approaches mentioned above, it is probably compassion. Without this attribute we cannot develop careful approaches that meets the individual’s own unique physiology and medical history.
This is the driving force behind regenerative medicine which has now entered a new golden age of research, development and treatment protocols that we believe hold the key to aging gracefully without pain, while still enjoying a high degree of mobility.