There seems to be no end to projected stem-cell therapies today, with reports of cures for conditions ranging from diabetes and autism to heart and Alzheimer’s disease.
But for common orthopedic conditions the leap from study to practice has arrived.
“It’s a valid medical procedure right now,” said Dr. Christopher J. Centeno, medical director of the Centeno-Schultz Integrative Pain Management Clinic, 403 Summit Blvd. in Broomfield. Though, “We still accept some patients to research various methods – something you may want to tweak this way or that way.”
For many patients with knee, back, shoulder or hip injuries that’s great news. It can mean avoiding surgery and months of rehabilitation with a procedure that just requires a few needles of treatment and uses mesenchymal stem cells from their own bone marrow.
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