The world of professional sports is once again at the leading edge of a paradigm shift in medical treatments. This time it is stem cell based regenerative treatments to repair sports injuries that might otherwise have ended high-profile careers. While the treatments are currently being applied to elite athletes, expect them to become more common place and available to the general public as medical practitioners and researchers learn more and fine tune these emerging stem cell based tissue related repair protocols.
A recent article posted by Sports Illustrated has profiled the numerous professional athletes who have utilized autologous [their own] stem cell based therapies, including Peyton Manning’s neck surgery in 2011 and treatments of Rafael Nadal’s back pain ailments in 2014. Pro football players like The Jets’ Chris Johnson and Giants cornerback Prince Amukamara have been successfully treated with stem cells. Most of these procedures involve the injection of mesenchymal stem cells to a damaged or surgically operated tissue, to aid the natural repair and regenerative capabilities of the human body. These treatments are at the forefront of research and will become a staple of everyday medicine in the coming years.
The Jets’ Chris Johnson said, “When I tore my meniscus and played the season out, through the wear and tear, I lost a lot of cartilage. When you put the stem cells in, it might be able to help rebuild that cartilage in your knee. Hopefully, it makes your knee better for even more years.”
The adoption of these therapies signifies a shift in the way we approach modern sports medicine—the personalization and specificity of treatments will be paramount as medical therapies are tailored to individual patient needs, resolving injuries on an individualized basis. As personalized regenerative medicine advances, autologous stem cells will become an invaluable resource to families and individuals who seek to ensure that they will have access to the best in medical care should the need for it arise. One of the most convenient and affordable sources for recovering and banking your own stem cells is dental stem cells. To learn more about how to bank dental stem cells for use in future therapies and treatments, visit StemSave or call 877-783-6728 (877-StemSave) today.
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