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Hip Arthritis: Can Stem Cells Help?

Jun 09, 2013

Hip Arthritis: Can Stem Cells Help?  Tampa, Saint Petersburg and Clearwater, Fl   Hip arthritis is a vague term. It is generally used for degenerative or osteoarthritis, and is thought to be progressive and irreversible. Regenerative Medicine procedures such as Stem Cell Therapy and Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP), are trying to reverse this paradigm. Regenerative Medicine deals with repair and healing tissue. A subset of Regenerative Medicine is Tissue Engineering. Both aspects of the regenerative field have made amazing advances…

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Stem Cells for Joint Therapy, Safer than Knee Surgery?

Jun 07, 2013

Stem Cells for Joint Therapy, Safer than Knee Surgery? Tampa, Saint Petersburg and Clearwater, Fl     Stem Cell Therapy for joint pain, inflammation, injury, and repair has been involved in multiple clinical trials worldwide. In the United States trials for knee arthritis and back pain with degenerative disc disease have undergone safety trials and phase studies for effectiveness. The safety profile for stem cell therapy in joints has been proven. Adverse effects are not seen as related to the…

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Both Knees Replaced Now What?

Jun 04, 2013

Both Knees Replaced Now What?  Tampa, Saint Petersburg and Clearwater, FL Most individuals would rather avoid knee replacement. It is fairly common that both knees have extensive arthritis at the same time.  Some patients opt for both knees to be replaced at the same time. This has pros and cons, and definitely is more difficult in the short run. There are times when  both knees are replaced successfully, as well as one knee followed by the other. What about when…

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Shoulder Avascular Necrosis (AVN) and Stem Cells

May 31, 2013

Shoulder Avascular Necrosis (AVN) and Stem Cells  Tampa, Saint Petersburg and Clearwater,FL Avascular necrosis (AVN) has many synonyms. Osteonecrosis, ischemic necrosis,  aseptic necrosis, bone infarction all refer to the same process. Avascular necrosis (AVN), refers to a condition in which the blood supply (vasculature) becomes disrupted and the region of bone that is supplied with that blood dies (necrosis). The terms osteo refers to bone and necrosis means cell death Thus, the term osteonecrosis. Ischemic and avascular both refer to…

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Avoiding Hip Replacement? Regenerative Therapy: Stem Cells

May 29, 2013

Avoiding Hip Replacement? Regenerative Therapy: Stem Cells   Many Musicians who perform live have had hip ailments. Rumor has it Prince needs double hip replacement surgery, but after conversion to Jehovah’s Witness he wishes to avoid the blood associated hip surgery. Another musician who struggled with hip pain Steve Perry, of Journey fame, ultimately had the hip replacement procedure. Perry was afflicted with hip problems at an earlier age, and it affected planned concert tours leading to his departure from…

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Knee Stem Cells

May 28, 2013

Knee Stem Cells Tampa, Saint Petersburg and Clearwater, FL Stem Cell Therapy for knee disorders are becoming more common. A year long trial in the United Kingdom focused on mixing stem cells in a lab with cartilage cells, then re-injected the cells back into damaged knees. This stem cell therapy is hoped to be an alternative to knee joint replacement. Australia and the United States have ongoing clinical trials with stem cells for knee osteoarthritis. These trials have focused on…

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Hip Arthroscopy Complications Much Higher Than Thought, a Case for PRP and Stem Cells?

May 27, 2013

Hip Arthroscopy Complications Much Higher Than Thought, a Case for PRP and Stem Cells?   Tampa, Saint Petersburg snd Clearwater, FL Hip arthroscopic surgery is increasing in surgery centers and hospitals. Conservative treatment alternatives such as Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) and Stem Cell Therapy are becoming more aware to athletes with sports injuries as well as the patients with chronic hip pain and arthritis complaints. Hip arthroscopy has recently seen a surge in the procedures performed in the United States.…

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Ankle and Knee Injuries Hamper Tennis Stars

May 25, 2013

Ankle and Knee Injuries Hamper Tennis Stars Tampa, Saint Petersburg and Clearwater, FL Tennis is a demanding sport and joint and muscle problems are frequent complaints. Tennis star Novak Djokovic is hampered by an ankle injury that a recent MRI found without structural problems. Rafael Nadal has seen his share of knee problems. He has reportedly been diagnosed with a partially torn patellar tendon in his knee, and missed most of last season due to his knee. Nadal has also…

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Ruptured Achilles Tendon PRP and Stem Cell Therapy

May 23, 2013

Ruptured Achilles Tendon PRP and Stem Cell Therapy  Tampa, Saint Petersburg and Clearwater Acute and chronic ankle problems are common sports injuries. Aruptured Achilles tendon is a very difficult dilemma. Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) and Stem Cell Therapy has been previously used by sports stars with success. Now Kobe Bryant has a torn Achilles tendon confirmed on MRI.  Bryant has had injuries before, turning tonPlatelet-Rich-Plasma (PRP) for a knee problem. The road back to recovery from a ruptured Achilles tendon…

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Can exercise accelerate arthritis?

May 15, 2013

Can exercise accelerate arthritis? Arthritis can present as a significant problem to exercise inclined individuals. Arthritis may be a natural progression of aging, be part genetic, or post-traumatic in origin. A frequent question with individuals who have joint arthritis is, what exercises can I do? This is a complex question, the answer often beyond what most people wish to hear. Simple answers with a structured response such as type of exercise, frequency, and duration are desired. However, those inclined to…

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