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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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,
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.
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.
Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine
“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.”
“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.
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.
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.
Wife of Jorge
“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:
Stem Cell Patient
“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.”
“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.
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.”
Michigan State University
Dr. Coleman received his undergraduate education at Michigan State University, laying a strong foundation in Internal Medicine.
Kirksville College of
He attended the Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine in Missouri, which was the very first school of osteopathic medicine in the world.
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
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.
In the Mid-1950s something odd happened in the United States, that may force us to re-examine the links between aging, obesity and knee osteoarthritis - a condition that influences the quality of millions of Americans.What is this peculiar event, you may ask?
Seven medical researchers have uncovered supporting evidence to show that prior to 1955, arthritic knees were rare - very rare. Suddenly, around this point in history, the disease began to double in prevalence.Before going further consider for a moment that osteoarthritis will probably affect half our country during our lifetime, which is why we are approaching (and will soon exceed) 1 million knee replacement surgeries in the next 12 months. The research team’s findings is thus critically important because presently the conventional wisdom suggests that living longer and higher obesity levels stimulate (and aggravate) the onset of osteoarthritis. They instead suggest there are several unconsidered variables that's leading to the growth of degenerative joint disease in the knee.
Even more fascinating is the conclusion that knee osteoarthritis may be more preventable than is commonly assumed. They surmise that prevention will require research on additional independent risk factors that either arose or have become amplified in the postindustrial era. The researchers based their findings on autopsies of cadaver-derived skeletons of people aged aged below and above 50 whose BMI at death was documented . These persons lived in the period spanning from the early industrial era (1800s to early 1900s) and the modern post industrial era (late 1900s to early 2000s).
Ian J. Wallace, Steven Worthington, David T. Felson, Robert D. Jurmain, Kimberly T. Wren, Heli Maijanen, Robert J. Woods and Daniel E. Lieberman
Whether increases in longevity and BMI (weight) are responsible for current knee OA levels has never been tested, but this assumption has led many to view the disease’s high prevalence as effectively unpreventable, since aging is untreatable, and the high BMI epidemic is intractable,” said the researchers in a paper delivered to the National Academy of Sciences.
They conclude that recent environmental changes have played a principal role in the deterioration of our knees, not just the extra baggage you carry around your waist.
Specifically, they point to human beings loading more external weight on their bodies during daily activities; NOT weight gain (or high BMI) over time as a main contributor to knee arthritis.There is an important inflection point, however, in their findings above.
It’s not just that we are loading more weight (than our ancestors) on our poor bodies, but that we are also doing this while being generally more physically inactive during the course of any calendar year.
“Less physically active individuals who load their joints less develop thinner cartilage with lower proteoglycan content as well as weaker muscles responsible for protecting joints by stabilizing them and limiting joint reaction forces,” said the researchers.
This is an extremely intriguing conclusion because it again points to how vital it has become for your Doctor to examine your body and lifestyle in totality, not just symptomatically.
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.
It’s important to emphasize that this research is ongoing but the results thus far MUST be taken into account when a patient comes in for a Comprehensive Medical Assessment or 100 Point Health Score at our Bonita Springs Regenerative clinic which offers stem cell therapy as a possible treatment modality.
Your entire personal history and lifestyle are key indicators of your present condition and what treatment options should be made available to you. An effective prevention strategy will involve adjusting your physical activity patterns and diets to approximate more closely the lifestyle conditions under which our species has evolved.
What we also take away from this study is that fairly recent increases in knee osteoarthritis during the last several decades cannot simply be considered an inevitable consequence of people living longer or having higher BMI.
“Susceptibility to knee OA and other mismatch diseases is undoubtedly influenced by intrinsic factors, including age, sex, and genes, but the historical and evolutionary perspective afforded by our data underscores that many modern cases of knee OA may be preventable,” said the researchers.
Your present job or occupation may also be playing a role in the degeneration of your knee joints. Sitting in front of computers for long periods with no intermittent physical activity seems to suggest another contributing piece to the arthritic puzzle.
Things get even stranger when one considers gender-based causes for knee joint degradation. One particular study suggests that osteoarthritis in women may be due to long (could we say, agonizing) periods wearing, walking and standing in high-heel shoes.The study focused on 20 healthy women wearing high heel shoes and walking barefoot. The results showed a 23% increase in compressive force on the medial compartment of the knee and more pronounced pressure on the patellofemoral joint as a whole. Thus, these “altered forces” may likely be having a degenerative effect on female (or whomever enjoys wearing high-heels generally) joints over time.
This new vein of research has been shared with you to illustrate just how subtle and intricate the human body behaves in the modern world. Our present health system, and indeed our well being, can no longer be targeted with treatment plans that simply focus on limiting symptoms with the use of pharmacological agents.
We also do not wish to suggest, based on the discussion above, that is now OK for you to keep or put on weight: This harmful condition will lead to a variety of other negative outcomes which may in turn influence the long-term health of the knee in unexpected ways. Not to mention the havoc it plays on hormonal levels and the possible threat of diabetes!
It’s also worth considering the role walking on hard pavements plays in affecting the knee joint. If you combine this activity with inactivity, we have further metrics to consider in the overall degeneration of the knee.
Further, simply pushing a patient to undergo knee or hip replacement surgery is also an unwise decision. Evidence is mounting that we must find alternatives, especially if you consider recent recommendations from major bodies such as the Australian Rheumatology Association which said that arthroscopic knee surgery to treat osteoarthritis is of low value and doctors are being told to consider alternatives such as exercise therapy to avoid unnecessary harm to the patient.
These recommendations were supported by the country’s Consumer Health Forum.
This is a major reason why we continue to study new trends in joint stem cell therapy research and its application for qualified patients experiencing knee pain from osteoarthritis. While stem cell therapy will not work for everyone, it shows remarkable promise for patients whose osteoarthritis is not yet bone on bone. For those interested in FTC/FDA-compliant stem cell therapy, please read this recent patient success story for Marie Claire, who experienced a positive outcome after undergoing the short, same-day procedure which utilized her body’s own cells, including fat and bone marrow, to stimulate healing in the knee joint.
Our medical clinic continues to use the best tenets of osteopathic medicine to situate the patient within his present lifestyle, medical history and physiological condition. As the earlier study pointed out, environmental factors play a key role in your present condition. It also means that doctors, surgeons and specialists - including us - need to constantly re-examine our belief systems and the incoming science with regards why a patient is experiencing osteoarthritis AND how we should treat it.
We hope found the article above informative, helping you to make more informed decisions regarding your health, especially if you are experiencing knee pain in Bonita Springs. Feel free to reach out to us and ask any health questions on your mind. We also offer treatment options for #osteoarthritis in the knee and hip joints.
Maryclaire, age 64, had been struggling for years with debilitating knee pain in both knees. The pain has been causing a limp and severely restricting her basic movements, such as walking and climbing stairs. Since the onset of pain, she has not been able to exercise, and is gaining weight as a result. As a former ballet dancer, she was previously a very active person and one who desperately wanted to enjoy some of the simple pleasures in life, pain free.
After Doctors offered No Hope, other than Permanent Surgery with a Total Knee Replacement, with all of its risks, she decided to explore alternative treatments, with MedicalMasters.org in Bonita Springs, FL.
After a Comprehensive Medical Exam, or what is called a 100-Point Health Check Up, Dr. Steve Coleman D.O., confirmed that she would be a good candidate for same-day stem cell treatment. Although she was a bit afraid of the procedure, she made the courageous decision to try something different, something more than just a traditional, invasive surgery.
The 3 hour, Level 1 procedure (No general anesthetic, done under sterile conditions), involves the pain free harvest of her very own cellular material, including PRP from Blood, Her Own Fat Cells, and Bone Marrow. Her own cells are then re-injected back into both knees, with a very advanced technique, specific to Prolotherapy Trained Physicians.
No manipulation of her Native Cells was performed. No Drugs, other than anticoagulants and anesthetics were used.
While results will differ from patient to patient, most people treated by Dr. Coleman have significantly positive results within one to three weeks. In the short term, significant worsening of pain, is quite normal but not universal.
Longer term results, over six to nine months, generally offer even greater mobility and pain reductions for patients undergoing stem cell therapy.
“I am ecstatic! I am walking perfectly and pain free just two weeks or so after the initial procedures. My left knee has virtually no symptoms at all, while my right has some slight discomfort but is dramatically improved. It’s quite incredible,” said Maryclair.
“If we are able to help patients have less pain, and perform activities of daily living with less limitations, that is a Win-Win situation, for one human being.
“If we can do all that while lessening surgical risks, and reducing massive costs to the healthcare system, it is a Triple Win for patients and society”.
“In Maryclaire’s case I am extremely grateful, that her results are ahead of schedule, and I hope to help keep her dancing for years to come,” said Dr. Coleman.
BONITA SPRINGS, FL (MEDICALMASTERS.ORG) AUGUST 08: Dr. Steve Coleman, D.O., medical director of MedicalMasters.org recently returned from a ground-breaking mission to Honduras with fellow U.S. physicians to treat disadvantaged communities suffering from age-related conditions, (including knee joint pain), using cellular therapies such as ProloTherapy. The trip offered far-reaching benefits for local Bonita Springs residents back home in the U.S. as MedicalMasters.org continues pioneering new stem cell treatments for aging Americans using the very same injection technology.
This was the 47th annual two-week trip to Honduras organized by the Hackett Hemwall Patterson Foundation, in association with the University of Wisconsin, consisting of a large international group of dedicated physicians, nurses and assistants.
The one common denominator shared by the entire medical team was a deep desire to help people that are less fortunate and in need of care, particularly a concern for older patients suffering from -osteoarthritis and other age-related joint pain conditions.
“The work we have done in Honduras was humbling, to say the least. People came to us by bus, car or bicycle, from as far as 6 hours away, just to see our team for a single prolotherapy treatment,” said Dr. Coleman
“For many of these patients, this would be their only chance to see a doctor for at least another year.”
Dr. Coleman and the others physician volunteers literally saw hundreds of patients each day, most of which were treated using a powerful cellular technology called prolotherapy, which involves injecting sterile sugar water into affected joints, including the knee, hip and shoulder.
“The experience was humbling on both a professional and personal level. Walking through the streets, people stop, look at us and thank us spontaneously,” said Dr. Coleman.
The experience also allowed him to perfect complex injection techniques that also apply to stem cell procedures he has introduced to his Bonita Springs Clinic, MedicalMasters.org. Not many physicians get the opportunity to obtain such a high level of field training that involve treating dozens of patients each day.
The most patients that the team of 7 Doctors treated in one day
was 204. The steep learning curve helps patients back home in the U.S. who get the benefit of Doctors who have been able to do this procedure hundred or thousands of times, before performing it on you or a loved one.
“The patients in Honduras benefit since they may not ever get to see a doctor outside of this mission, and the people back in the USA get the benefit of such stringent and painstaking training. I now apply these advanced injection techniques to my Stem Cell patients here in Bonita Springs. It is a true win-win for everyone”
Typically, local residents would begin lining up at 6 a.m. each day with first consults beginning at 8 a.m. Patients are registered, triaged and then examined by our physicians to determine if prolotherapy is going to be helpful for their condition.
Prolotherapy is performed by experienced physicians, often with a novice prolotherapist observing and assisting. Patients will continue to be seen until about 6:00 pm – but often much longer depending on the need. “We would never turn away a patient who has taken a six hour trip to see us, and who sometimes has waited all day just to see a doctor. Imagine getting in line at 6AM and not being able to be treated until 6PM. That is the level of need that we saw every day.”
After the last patient is treated, the clinic is cleaned up and made ready for the next day. The entire group meets for dinner together in the evening and then after dinner, the physicians have a lecture on prolotherapy.
The assistants often have “set up” work to do to prepare for the next day. After a long day of hard work, our group then heads to their lodging for a well-deserved rest…. to get ready for the next day of more hard work!
“Even though my Spanish is still evolving, I can almost be brought to tears by the warm thanks people give us. It’s extremely humbling to be able to make such a difference in a person’s life who you really don’t yet know,” said Dr. Coleman.
There is an incredible amount of pre-planning that goes into making it all happen. Mary Doherty, who is the executive director of the foundation, does much of the work herself, and with the help of several very dedicated staffers.”
“The benefit to my medical practice has been to be trained by true masters and thought leaders like Dr. David Rabago MD and many other very talented physicians. You just can’t get training like that here in the USA,” Dr. Coleman said.
The inspirational trip to Honduras has already redefined some of the workflows and strategies used within MedicalMasters.org to treat U.S. patients. In particular, Dr. Coleman has introduced a customized hybrid package of cellular technologies to treat joint pain including prolotherapy, PRP and stem cell therapy. He has also used the organizational and operational skills learned in Honduras to speed up treatment times and train staff to more efficiently handle patient concerns and treatment plans.
In an effort to give back to the local Bonita Springs community, MedicalMasters.org is offering a $1000 promotional stem cell therapy discount to residents between August 23-30, 2017. This limited Summer promotion is also an important vehicle to educate local residents on the benefits of same-day stem cell treatments which offer great promise for treating joint pain.
Please contact Dr. Coleman or the University of Wisconsin if you would like to volunteer or even to just support the future medical missions to Honduras which take place in March each year.