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We offer stem cell therapies for the following orthopedic conditions and diseases:
Osteoarthritis (OA) is joint inflammation due to the deterioration of cartilage, which causes bones to rub against each other. People with OA suffer from stiffness, pain, and decreased range of motion in the joint(s). While there is no known cure for OA, treatment focuses on pain reduction through medication, physical therapy, or occupational therapy. Stem cell therapy offers a potential treatment alternative that exploits the anti-inflammatory and healing effects of mesenchymal stem cells and growth factors.
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) is joint inflammation due to an autoimmune process where the body’s immune system attacks its joints. People with RA suffer from flares of pain, fatigue, and warm, swollen, and reddish joints. Chronic inflammation can damage joints, thus treatment is focused on reducing inflammation and slowing the progression of the disease. Stem cell therapy offers a potential treatment alternative that exploits the anti-inflammatory and healing effects of mesenchymal stem cells and growth factors.
Rotator cuff injuries, arthritis of the shoulder joints, and other sources of chronic shoulder pain may be responsive to stem cell therapy. Stem cells aim to diminish inflammation in addition to repairing and regenerating affected joints.
One new study investigated the clinical outcomes of the BMC injections for treatment of shoulder pain and disability due to osteoarthritis (OA) and rotator cuff tears in a treatment registry population. READ MORE
Because MSCs can differentiate into bone, cartilage, muscle, tendon, and ligament tissue and can use paracrine and other effects to elicit significant changes in injured tissues, their use for treating orthopaedic conditions holds significant promise. READ MORE
Injuries to the spine can be due to a number of different causes such as overt trauma, degenerative disc disease, and arthritis. Those that suffer from spinal injuries experience debilitating back and neck pain. Stem cell therapy offers potential alleviation from daily pain as it addresses inflammation and tissue repair and regeneration.
Stem Cell Treatment for Knee
Knee arthritis is a form of degenerative joint disease that affects millions of Americans. There are several alternatives to knee surgery such as injection of cartilage substitutes or steroids. Steroid injection is not favored as a viable long term treatment since the steroids actually damage local tissues over time. Certain types of knee problems including significant meniscal and ligamentous injuries may not be amenable to regenerative therapy. It is important to evaluate each individual case to assess likelihood of success with attempting regenerative therapy. has developed a degenerative knee disease protocol that attempts to exploit the anti-inflammatory and healing effects of stromal vascular fraction (SVF) (rich in mesenchymal stem cells and growth factors). The protocol uses autologous PRP (platelet rich plasma) to optimize the effects of the SVF. The deployment protocol performed under local anesthesia is all done as an outpatient at the time of SVF harvesting and procurement. The entire cellular surgical procedure takes approximately 3 hours.
Stem Cell Treatment for Hip
Hip arthritis is a form of degenerative joint disease that affects millions of Americans. Patients try to delay hip replacement surgery for as long as possible and often seek hip injections with steroids. Steroid injection is not favored as a viable long term treatment since the steroids actually damage local tissues over time. Certain types of hip problems including certain fractures and injuries may not be amenable to cell therapy. It is important to evaluate each individual case to assess likelihood of success with attempting regenerative therapy. SVF (stromal vascular fraction, which is rich in mesenchymal stem cells and growth factors) is injected using local anesthesia typically using ultrasound or fluoroscopy to ensure that the injection is accurate. This is all done as an outpatient at the time of SVF harvesting and procurement. The entire cellular surgical procedure takes approximately 3 hours.
Stem Cell Treatment for Joint Repair
Elbow and Hand problems from arthritis of joints of the upper extremity is a form of degenerative joint disease that disables millions of Americans. Certain types of elbow and wrist joint problems including certain tendon problems and ligamentous injuries may not be amenable to cell therapy. It is important to evaluate each individual case to assess likelihood of success with attempting regenerative therapy.
Stem Cell Treatment for Lower Back Pain
Back arthritis and Spine Disease have two common problems causing back pain, degenerative disc disease and facet arthropathy (a type of arthritis). Not all disc problems are amenable to regenerative therapy and patient selection is very important to optimize outcomes. Many forms of back pain are actually due to arthritis of the facet joints (small joints where vertebra connect to their adjacent neighboring vertebrae).
ORTHOPEDICS PATIENT TESTIMONIALS:
Testimonial of 60-something year old with bilateral Osteoarthritis of the Knees; one year post stem cell procedure:
“Thank you so much! The San Francisco Stem Cell Treatment Center changed my life. From feeling dependent to independent, as I was somewhat before, (age has slowed me down).
“I want you to know that NOTHING I ever did to help the pain worked like the stem cell procedure. I know it is very early to be so optimistic and I know its a slow process and I know I’m not pain free, but I have not danced and most certainly jumped as I did at the Bat Mitzvah and not be in pain the day after. I have not been a mensch for so many years, I forgot how it felt.
I am following with the foods I can and cannot eat and have lost weight already and as soon as I get the supplements I will be very diligent in taking them.
I really am ready to start being more active and getting back to my long walks and I have you to thank for it.”
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63-year old male with osteoarthritis in his bilateral knees and shoulders
“My knees are much better and I have minimal pain walking uphill. Before the Stem cell injections, I would wake up with stiffness and pain each day and now I do not have the stiffness and pain and my quality of life has improved. I have more energy.”
36-year old male, 3 months after stem cell procedure to knee:
“I’m doing really well, I fell so much better and only have slight pain when walking upstairs compared to before when I had pain all the time. My Range of Motion is better and I’m back surfing again!”
Bilateral Shoulders & Knee, 1 year post stem cell procedure:
“Thanks to the stem cell treatment I received from Dr. Herskowitz and his staff a year ago, I am able to swim laps in the pool, and practice Pilates with almost full range of motion in my shoulders and my right knee. I am so grateful for having been treated with my own stems cells, and steadily improving as time passes.”
70-something-year-old Woman Bilateral Hips – 6 weeks post stem cell treatment:
“It is the first time I have been pain free in 3 years, there is only an awareness in that area of the worst hip but nothing like it used to be, I am very happy.”
“The procedure was painless. By the time I got home, I needed to take a pain pill, but none since. The cells are settling in and there’s some inflammation so use ice packs, but no major discomfort. Just slept a very sound 10 hours! My energy of course is heightened due to the cell boost, so feel great! Dr. Herskowitz called me last night. Both he and Dr. Melnik are excellent people/health oriented docs.”
4 mos. Post SVF – Knee “80% improvement, now can do rigorous bike riding and hiking, knee is so much better, and is happy and impressed with results.”
“The orthopedic surgeon told me the cartilage in my shoulders was disappearing and one day I would need to have shoulder replacements. I was in a lot of pain and have very limited movement in my shoulders. I researched answers other than surgery for relief of pain…stem cell possibilities led me to Dr. Herskowitz. I received injections of my own stem cells into my shoulder joints. As days and weeks pass I have more and more range of motion, I’m a little stiff now and then, shoulder pain is gone. I am very pleased with the care, patience, and attention from Dr. Herskowitz.”
“I discovered that I had a torn meniscus in my right knee. After much research, I found that having surgery could ultimately end up causing even more pain in the future. Just prior to having the surgery, I was informed that Dr. Ahvie Herskowitz at the San Francisco Stem Cell Treatment Center (SFSCTC) & Anatara Medicine could see me for a consult on stem cell therapy. After much research I was convinced that the stem cell therapy could not only possibly repair/rejuvenate the torn meniscus, but that the side effects of the therapy could possibly repair/rejuvenate other health issues as well. Due to their thorough assessment, physical exam, and consult by Dr. Herskowitz et al, they developed a multi-faceted approach to my ailments. The pain and the collapsing of my knee almost completely dissipated immediately after the stem cell treatment. Additionally, my overall health and well-being has also greatly improved. I’m so very thankful for the tender, patient, care, and support that was provided by Dr. Herskowitz & his staff. He and his staff are genuinely interested in the success and well-being of their patients. They don’t just give a “quick fix” to something that’s wrong with the body and move on to the next patient. They do have a vested interest in their patients – proven by their follow-up procedures. At the SFSCTC & Anatara Medicine, they create an individualized plan of attack as they work in concert on various levels with the patient. The best outcome, ultimately, would be that the patient’s body could truly heal from within and ultimately work as a finely tuned instrument that provides many more years of enjoyment – pain free!”
ORTHOPEDICS RELATED ARTICLES:
Current Perspectives in Mesenchymal Stem Cell Therapies for Osteoarthritis
Osteoarthritis (OA) is a degenerative joint disease most commonly occurring in the ageing population. It is a slow progressive condition resulting in the destruction of hyaline cartilage followed by pain and reduced activity. Conventional treatments have little effects on the progression of the condition often leaving surgery as the last option. In the last 10 years tissue engineering utilising mesenchymal stem cells has been emerging as an alternative method for treating OA.
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Stem Cells in Orthopedics: A Comprehensive Guide for the General Orthopedist
The use of biologic adjuvants in the treatment of operative and nonoperative orthopedic injuries continues to expand in concert with our understanding of the acute and chronic healing process of musculoskeletal injuries.
Intra-articular injection of mesenchymal stem cells for the treatment of osteoarthritis of the knee: a proof-of-concept clinical trial
Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) are known to have a potential for articular cartilage regeneration. However, most studies focused on focal cartilage defect through surgical implantation. For the treatment of generalized cartilage loss in osteoarthritis, an alternative delivery strategy would be more appropriate.