Professional Athletes Use Stem Cell Therapy
As stem cell research continues to evolve, more and more people are starting to consider it as a treatment option. It’s a topic that once brought lots of controversies, but with high profile individuals taking part, people are becoming more lax. However, sometimes the opposite occurs as well. Some professional athletes have the treatment and don’t get better, which leaves the public feeling uncertain about stem cell therapy. It’s easy for an individual to think that if stem cell therapy didn’t work for someone who has access to some of the best doctors in the world, then why would it work for me?
Stem cell therapy is similar to other procedures in that it’s not going to work for everyone every time. Think about it. You probably know someone in your life that has had knee surgery, back surgery, or another procedure done, who states that it didn’t work. Stem cell therapy is no different. It’s not magic.
Let’s review a few stem cell ‘successes’ and ‘failures’ among professional athletes.
- Removing blood from the patient 3 weeks before stem cell treatment
- Mixing the blood with other substances
- Reinjecting the mixture back into the body, particularly the injured area
Kobe had to fly all the way to Germany because this is not yet an approved procedure in the United States. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) doesn’t quite agree with the amount of time blood is stored before being injected. They also feel like the blood is manipulated too much.
Although it’s not an approved treatment here, athletes are not banned from receiving it. A 2008 study revealed that the treatment showed significant results in 67 percent of people of patients, so it has shown to be beneficial.
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Had his stem cell treatment been more of a success, more baseball players may have started getting them for UCL elbow injuries, which are common injuries for the sport.
Stem Cells and Professional Athletes
While most professional athletes report successes following stem cell therapy, there are a few that have not. As previously mentioned, stem cell therapy is like any other procedure as success will vary. Not every doctor can execute a successful procedure, not every injection is created equal, and sometimes there are faults in rehabilitation. There are so many factors involved to make it a success.
However, here’s what we do know. As long as professional athletes and others in the public eye get stem cell treatments, there will be others that follow. Individuals must be careful in choosing a stem cell clinic for the reasons mentioned above.