Stem cells are being used with increasing frequency to treatment many medical conditions.
Unfortunately the FDA has taken the position that the stem cells in your body are prescription drugs subject to regulation and control. The Centeno-Schultz Clinic believes otherwise as we believe stem cells are body parts to be used by doctors for healing. Accordingly we have decided to challenge the FDA’s position. This has turned out to be a landmark case against FDA which will determine the limits of its power for years to come and ultimately decide the pace at which stem cells come into common medical use by physicians.
A local Denver magazine (5280) examined the landmark nature of our struggle.
“Power Play: A Front Range M.D. has developed a potentially revolutionary treatment for orthopedic injuries. So why is the FDA trying to stop him?”
Nowhere but Upward !
Day # 2 started early with memories of the 8.7 mile, 1831 foot elevation climb of Vail Pass yesterday.
0700 Day 2 Courage Classic 2011
Today was fantastic. Rode from Copper Mountain around lake Dillon and climbed Swan Mountain Road to Sapphire Point which afforded a stunning view of Lake Dillon and Gorge Range. Total miles was 45.90. miles.
The Centeno-Schultz Clinic/Regenexx rode with the Gears of Courage Team who raised $243,000 in donations.
The keys to good articular cartilage have been discussed and include regular aerobic activity. Today I achieved that goal after 4 strong hours of riding.
What an honor it is to ride for the children at the Children’s Hospital of Colorado.
Summit of Swan Mountain Road 2011
The number of childhood illnesses and treatments is endless. Unfortunately money for treatment is finite.
The Courage Classic is a three-day,157-mile bike tour through Summit County that raises money for the Children’s Fund. In 2010, the Courage Classic raised $2.3 million, making it one of the hospital’s highest grossing events.
The Centeno-Schultz Clinic and Regenexx supports it’s community and children. Day 1 was 58 miles and involved Vail and Tennessee Pass. The latter is a steep climb that crosses the Continental Divide.
Pain on the outside aspect of the elbow is referred to as lateral epicondylitis or tennis elbow. It can be quite disabling affecting both the quality of life and range of motion.
Lateral epicondylitis is caused by irritation of the common extensor tendons as they insert onto the bony surface of the elbow.
PRP (platelet rich plasma) has become increasing popular as non surgical treatment in common orthopedic conditions.
Has it been used in the treatment of elbow pain?
Peerbooms demonstrated PRP to be more effective than steroids in the treatment of lateral elbow pain. 100 patients were randomly assigned treatment with either PRP or steroids. At one year 73% of patients treated with PRP reported significant improvement vs 49% in the steroid group.
Steroid use has been associated with significant side effects including ligament and cartilage compromise and cell death (apoptosis).
At the Centeno-Schultz Clinic advanced cell treatments including PRP are used in the treatment of lateral elbow pain and other common orthopedic conditions including meniscus tears, supraspinatus tears, osteoarthritis of hip, knee and ankles. MSK ultrasound and or x-ray is used in injections to ensure accurate placement of platelets.
Treatment of common orthopedic conditions with non surgical therapy is becoming an increasing viable option among professional athletes. Here are some examples.
Pittsburgh Steelers’ Hines Ward and Troy Polamalu underwent PRP (platelet rich plasma) injections in 2009.
Tiger Woods received PRP injections in Canada in 2010.
Superbowl Champion Jarvis Green underwent Regenexx C & Regenexx SD in 2010 and subsequently signed with the Houston Texans.
Yankees’ Bartolo Colon underwent bone marrow and adipose stem cell injections in 2011.
Kobe Bryant received PRP injections in Germany in 2011.
The Centeno-Schultz Clinic offers non-surgical treatment options for hip, knee, ankle, shoulder pain. Treatment options include PRP (platelet rich plasma) and stem cells derived from blood (Regenexx SCP), adipose (Regenexx AD) and bone marrow (Regenexx SD). Treatment involves the injection of prescribed regenerative agent into the damaged tissue under direct visualization utilizing either ultrasound or x-ray of both.
Dr. Allan Mishra, a professor of orthopedics at Stanford University acknowledges the potential of regenerative treatments. “I think it’s fair to say that platelet-rich plasma has the potential to revolutionize not just sports medicine but all of orthopedics.
Elimination of surgical risks and the often extensive rehabilitation is a home run to professional athlete and weekend warriors alike.