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Innovative Therapy for Pain on Inside of Elbow

Inflammation of the tendon (tendonitis) is the most common cause of golfers and tennis elbow (pain on inside of elbow and outside of the elbow, respectively). The reason why golfers and tennis elbow occur is due to repetitive movements where the tendons around the elbow persistently rub over the bony aspects of the joint. This occurs when performing activities such as swinging a golf club or tennis racquet, or when performing normal activities such as shaking hands, opening a door, or lifting up objects.

Pain on inside of elbow - Elbow TendonitisSigns and symptoms of elbow tendonitis    

Elbow tendonitis can be an extremely painful condition that can cause disability in patients to the point where they cannot perform their normal daily activities.

Affected individuals will complain of severe pain over the inside or outside aspects of the elbow, depending on which tendons are affected, and this can be associated with tenderness and swelling of the joint. There may also be limited mobility of the elbow with a decreased range of motion. Pain in the joint may also refer up and/or down the arm, with pain being experienced in the shoulder and/or wrist joints, respectively.

Management of elbow tendonitis

Elbow tendonitis can heal by itself with supportive measures such as resting the limb of the affected joint, applying cold compresses to the tender area, and by using an elbow support or strap. Resting the wrist joint is actually part of the protocol of golfer’s and tennis elbow treatments because when this joint is rested, the muscle and tendons in the forearm rest and can recover over a shorter period of time. Anti-inflammatory medications are used to help offer pain relief by reducing the inflammatory response in the tendons of the affected elbow.

If these conservative golfer and tennis elbow treatments are not effective, then physical therapy and even surgery may be indicated. Before surgery is warranted though, innovative therapies can be initiated.

Platelet-rich plasma and stem cell therapy

Platelet-rich plasma (PRP), derived from the patient’s own blood, is a safe and effective therapy in the treatment of elbow tendonitis. The PRP is administered to the patient via an injection and this promotes tissue repair in the damaged tendon. This process involves the platelet cells stimulating the release of growth factor and stem cells from the body which is essential for tissue repair and natural healing.

Stem cells derived from the bone marrow were used in a previous study that demonstrated the usefulness of surgery followed by stem cell administration for managing severe and persistent cases of tennis elbow. The outcomes of the patients who were administered stem cells were an early return to daily activities following surgery, and a reduction in complications on their follow-up visits. Tendon repair was evident when the tissue was observed through ultrasound techniques.

Stem cells have also been derived from adipose (fat) tissue. These cells take longer to be harvested from adipose tissue, but they can be stored and used at a later stage. The stem cells collected from fat are, like PRPs, derived from the patient and does not involve the harvesting cells from embryos.

Piglet Study Can Have a Huge Effect on IVF

It is not a secret that undergoing IVF is very expensive. Hopeful parents-to-be spend upwards of $12,000 per session plus also shoulder the cost of medications which can be between $3,000 and $5,000 – figures that not everybody can afford.  Good thing that the high cost of IVF can be a thing of the past thanks to a new research that begun with a study concerning piglets.

A Chance Discovery

 

Stem Cell Piglet StudyBond Life Sciences Center investigator and MU Curators Distinguished Professor of Animal Sciences R. Michael Roberts and College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources Curators Distinguished Professor Randall Prather were conducting a study with pig stem cells to find out how they communicate, proliferate, and grow in the body when they stumbled upon an exciting find. During an attempt to improve the procedure to grow the pig stem cells in their lab, they discovered that using a special liquid medium dramatically improved the success rate of IVF in pigs.

Roberts shared that the discovery was truly serendipitous. He added that generally speaking, multiple steps are needed to produce viable pig embryos that can be used for implantation in their research. They wanted to find a more efficient way because going through the steps is very expensive and can sometimes produce poor returns. What they found is not only that but also has major implications for use in human fertility clinics too.

Persistence Pays Off

 

Roberts stated that in IVF for pigs, going through the steps of the current procedure often mean that only 1% to 2% of the original oocytes can make it to the phase where they can be implanted to sows (to produce healthy piglets). Although this can be somehow addressed by over-implantation of embryos, the resulting cost is too expensive.

Roberts then tasked his former research assistant professor Ye Yuan and senior research specialist in Animal Sciences Lee Spate to find a way to increase the quality and efficiency of piglet embryos before they are implanted.

The team then analyzed various growth factors and made a bold move to add two factors,  a leukemia inhibitory factor (LIF) and fibroblast growth factor 2 (FGF2). They then found out that together with a third factor, an insulin-like growth factor; these two factors created a special liquid environment that the oocytes needed to make them ready for implantation and improve their development to embryos with an increased chance of a successful pregnancy.

New Fluid Medium for IVF Sparks Possibilities

 

The three compounds used by the research team is now called the chemical medium FLI and is currently being hailed as a new fluid medium that can revolutionize both human IVF treatments and pig IVF treatments. The team has already filed a patent application through the MU Office of Technology Management and Industry Relations in the hopes of encouraging the commercial application of the new method.

Roberts further added that using the new fluid medium improved the whole process of pig IVF. He shares that it almost doubled the maturation of oocytes. He went on to say that although improving IVF for women with fertility issues wasn’t their reason for developing the fluid medium, the fact that their find can have a huge positive impact on human fertility is a welcome development.

Stem Cell Therapy for Rheumatoid Arthritis

Arthritis

Stem cell therapy is being used to treat a wide range of diseases and conditions. Rheumatoid arthritis, which is painful and debilitating, is an inflammatory condition that is induced when the body’s enzymes attack healthy tissue. In what is an autoimmune response, the enzymes work to break down the synovial membrane. This membrane is responsible for protecting and lubricating joints. When this occurs an individual will experience pain, swelling, and reduced mobility. The condition can be crippling, and, if left untreated, it may become chronic as joint degeneration sets in.

Some Facts About Rheumatoid Arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis and its various symptoms are not reserved for the elderly. This condition can affect anyone at any age. It is rapidly developing, striking quickly, and, over the course of just a few months, it can become full blown. This form of arthritis symmetrically affects both small and large joints while also causing an overall feeling of fatigue in the affected individual.

Traditional Treatments

Traditional treatments for rheumatoid arthritis include over the counter and prescription pain medications and cortisone shots. The shots are administered to each joint individually. Other medications may also be used. There are various possible side effects associated with each aspect of this type of therapy.

The most radical treatment for rheumatoid arthritis involves joint replacement, which is highly invasive and involves a range of possible complications, such as stroke and heart attack. Joint replacement calls for an extensive recuperation period and complicating factors include the creation of wear particles, which are composed of tiny pieces of the materials that are part of the artificial joint. These break off through normal use of the new joint. They stay in the body and can result in bone loss, which reduces the effective life of the artificial joint.

Stem Cell Therapy

Stem Cell InjectionThe use of stem cell therapy in cases involving rheumatoid arthritis has shown promising results. Stem cells, which are derived from the patient’s bone marrow and are combined with growth factors found in their plasma, offer a natural type of treatment. The extraction of the cells and plasma can be done quickly and painlessly with little to no risk to the patient. Once the specific elements needed, the stem cells and plasma, are separated from the extracted fluids, they are combined. Once they are mixed together, they may be injected into the problem area.

Stem cells have been shown to aid in the growth of healthy cartilage, accelerate the body’s natural healing process, and help reduce inflammation. This treatment, which has been used for more than a decade, is less invasive, involves fewer side effects, and is considered to be overall safer than other medical methods, including joint replacement.

Additional Treatments

As the conditions related to rheumatoid arthritis begin to subside, patients may begin to exercise in order to strengthen muscles and encourage joint lubrication. A common form of exercise for these patients is swimming due to the fact that it is low- impact, allows for extended movement, and can be effective in stimulating healing blood flow.

Finding Relief

If you suffer from rheumatoid arthritis, you may find relief through stem cell therapy. Such treatment is designed to allow a patient to heal naturally, as it eschews the use of drugs. The focus is on improving and/or eliminating the arthritis and the associated effects, which include swelling, pain, and fatigue. With improvement, patients experience greater mobility and can begin to enjoy a quality of life that is much improved.

Stem Cell and PRP Therapy for Heel Pain from Plantar Fasciitis

Heel pain from plantar fasciitis affects millions of Americans. Current, traditional treatment options include NSAIDS, night splints, cortisone injections, stretching and orthotics. All too often the heel pain becomes chronic and patients end up deciding on potentially risky surgery. Even if no complications occur, the outcome is pretty much a roll of the dice.

But all is not lost. Research is now showing that PRP and Amniotic stem cell therapy works very well for chronic heel pain from plantar fasciitis. In this video, R3 Stem Cell CEO explains the evidence available. Call us today for top treatment at (844) GET-STEM!

 

Amniotic Stem Cell Therapy is for Real

I realize there are plenty of critics who write negatively about amniotic fluid treatment in regenerative medicine. Rather than writing a LONG blog post about why amniotic stem cell therapy is for real, here are some bullet points. Please watch the video below and you will understand why the treatment is the real deal.

  1. When processed properly, amniotic fluid DOES have viable stem cells. There are plenty of companies that radiate their product during processing, but the FDA does not require that. The video explains this nicely.
  2. You have to keep in mind those who consistently speak negatively about amniotic are promoting a competing product. So when you put it in perspective you can understand why they would want to find something negative. Amniotic stem cell treatment does not require harvesting, the treatment is fast, results have been fantastic and no rejection occurs.
  3. Naysayers harp on the fact that amniotic fluid is not FDA approved. The funny thing is it cannot be FDA approved because it is regulated as a biologic. It cannot be FDA denied either.

The bottom line is amniotic fluid in regenerative medicine has shown amazing outcomes. Another thing you will notice is you don’t need sedation for a harvesting, and the treatments are less expensive predominantly as a result. Watch the video below, then call (844) GET-STEM for treatment!

 

Stem Cell Therapy for Shoulder Conditions

While there is not a ton of research on stem cell therapy for shoulder pain, some studies have been published. This includes stem cell therapy for rotator cuff tears, tendonitis, SLAP lesion, shoulder arthritis, cartilage defects and more. In this video, R3 Stem Cell CEO Dr. David Greene explains outcomes that have been shown in the research. If you or a loved one needs stem cell therapy for shoulder pain conditions, call (844) GET-STEM today!

 

Stem Cell Therapy for Degenerative Disc Disease Back Pain

Stem cell therapy for degenerative disc disease is available and works according to recent research studies. In this video, R3 Stem Cell CEO David Greene MD explains the current research results. If you or a loved one is experiencing chronic back pain due to degenerative disc disease, call R3 Stem Cell today!

Stem Cell Therapy for Avascular Necrosis

Avascular necrosis of the hip or knee often leads to chronic, debilitating pain. To date there have not been enough nonoperative treatment options that provide effective relief. Stem cell therapy is proving to be a viable option. In this video, R3 Stem Cell CEO David Greene MD goes through the research on the topic. Call us for treatment today!

 

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