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24/Sep/2020
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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.


24/Sep/2020
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Over the last several years many prominent professional athletes have elected to be treated with  Stem Cell Therapy,  instead of major surgery for the career threatening injuries they have suffered with. They are hoping to  alleviate or minimize post-injury pain and downtime. Except in some rare conditions that require immediate surgery (like a meniscal root tear) Stem Cell Therapy can improve outcomes and reduce costs of treatment, while accelerating the time to return to the field or court.

To a professional  athlete, every game missed is money not made and stats unearned.   Sportsman are thus increasingly looking to the science of regenerative medicine to get back on the playing field quicker.   

To put this in perspective we’ve highlighted some notable names in sport that have or will undergo Knee Stem Cell Therapy.  The progress made in treating sports injuries is often an early signal of the beneficial treatments that will shortly emerge for the general populace.

In fact, some of the regenerative knee treatments mentioned below are available right now in the USA, even though they are technically considered experimental.

2011

Peyton Manning Has Stem Cell Treatment For Neck

Peyton Manning, 4-time NFL MVP, traveled to Europe for Stem Cell Treatment after two surgeries on his neck did not help address a painful bulging disk. Physicians harvested his own bone-marrow which was then re-injected back into his neck area.

2012

Bartolo Colon Tries Stem Cell Therapy For Elbow & Shoulder Joint

Bartolo Colon, New York Yankees pitcher underwent Stem Cell Therapy in Florida. Fat and bone marrow cells from his own body was re-injected into the elbow and shoulder joints to help repair ligament damage and a torn rotator cuff.

 

2014

Chris Johnson Tries Stem Cell Therapy For Left Knee

The Jet’s Chris Johnson, a running back tore the meniscus in his left knee. His own stem cells, the body’s universal building blocks, were transplanted back into the knee joint to speed up the healing process.

2014

Rafael Nadal Tries Stem Cell Treatment for Spine & Back

Rafael Nadal, one of the greatest tennis players in history, received stem cell treatment on his ailing back in Barcelona using his own fat and bone marrow cells.

2015

Garret Richards Tries Stem Cell Therapy For Elbow Joint

Garret Richards, Los Angeles pitcher, underwent Stem Cell Treatment. Stem cells taken from bone marrow in his pelvis were injected back into elbow joint. He had previously undergone surgery for a ruptured patellar tendon during a baseball game.

2017

AJ Foyt Tries Stem Cell Therapy for Ankle & Shoulder

Racing legend, A.J Foyt, an 82-year-old four-time winner of the Indianapolis 5000 announced he would undergo stem cell therapy to help repair his ankle and shoulder.   Foyt said: “Dan Pastorini (the former NFL quarterback) did it and it helped him. Peyton Manning (the former Indianapolis Colts and Denver Broncos quarterback) did it for his neck and it really helped him. Tony Dorsett (the former Dallas Cowboys running back) did it, so I think I should try it.”

Can regenerative medicine help the man in the street?

Several, but not all of the treatments outlined above, are currently available in Florida for a small spectrum of patients that suffer from joint disease or osteoarthritis. This also includes those who may be experiencing joint pain due to post-operative surgeries or injuries incurred earlier in their lives.  This includes meniscus tears in the knee or ball-and-socket joints such as the shoulder.

Same-day FDA/FTC compliant stem cell treatment plans are most notably effective for patients whose condition is not yet bone-on-bone. The National Institute of Health (NIH) aptly describes Regenerative Medicine as “the most recent and emerging branch of medical science, dealing with functional restoration of tissues or organs for the patient suffering from severe injuries or chronic disease.”

The NIH notes that the spectacular progress in the field of stem cell research has laid the foundation for cell based therapies of disease which cannot be cured by conventional medicines (or surgery).

This of course has drawn the attention of several prominent athletes, including those mentioned above.   It has always been true that athletes tend to be more progressive in experimenting with the latest medical advances before they are fully absorbed or adopted by the public.   

For most of us, as we age, osteoarthritis is a burgeoning concern affecting over 50 million people in the United States, particularly the knee joint.   Athletes and non-athletes all rely upon knee cartilage to act as a cushion between the various bones in the joint. It’s a tough, flexible and mostly reliable material that gets damaged by high-impact collisions or repetitive tasks common to many sports and daily activities.   

Statistics show that as much as 30 percent of the population will incur some form of knee degeneration by the time they celebrate their 55th birthday, an unwanted ‘present’ that unwraps itself in pain and ultimately knee replacement surgery.

California, one of the most progressive states in the U.S. has shown some leadership in regenerative medicine field recently with news that The California Stem Cell Agency approved close to $33 million for clinical stage research projects testing treatments that include arthritis of the knee.

The agency reports that the goal of the research is to regenerate knee cartilage using a mesenchymal progenitor cell treatment. Funding is aimed at manufacturing the product to ultimately secure Food and Drug Administration approval for a phase one safety trial.

A treatment for the public would likely be years in the future, but options are available immediately in other states like Florida for traditional Prolotherapy, PRP and knee stem cell treatment that involves same-day harvesting of fat cells and bone marrow cells for reinjection back into affected joints such as the knee or elbow.

Some of the athletes referenced above have opted for this technique which is becoming increasingly popular in high-impact sports such as football, basketball and ice hockey. Those athletes that seek more progressive or experimental procedures (currently undergoing clinical trials and awaiting FDA approval) will often fly to Europe or other international destinations to benefit from accelerated healing programs relating to stem cell therapy.

While our clinic at MedicalMasters.org does not advocate miracle cures or non-compliant FDA/FTC stem cell procedures we are encouraged by the positive feedback patients report after undergoing stem cell transplants extracted from their fat and bone marrow cells. Some patients report a 50% improvement in knee mobility after undergoing intermediate/lower-level treatments such as prolotherapy, which is not quite as powerful as stem cell therapy but uses a similar injection process.

While results will differ depending on age and current knee condition the increasing embrace of knee stem cell therapy by professional athletes is a key indicator that regenerative medicine has adopted a leadership position in tackling joint-related injuries and degeneration which hinders all of us from enjoying daily  activities such as walking, running and those in more elite sports such as football, from becoming rock star athletes and legends in the game.

NOTE:  Our clinic follows all FDA guidelines in the preparation and handling of cellular therapies including stem cells. All procedures done in the clinic are Level 1(Local anesthesia) type procedures, which are the safest class of procedures for the patient. This means the patient remains fully conscious during the procedure and that only local anesthetics are used, similar to what a dentist does when numbing a tooth prior to repair. Please visit this page for more information about our current Stem Cell Promotion.

 

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