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stem cells help injured panther

In VICTORIES & SUCCESS STORIES on January 13, 2012 at 9:24 am

stem cells help injured panther.

stem cells helped this injured panther

Courtesy of Dr. Norm Griggs

Stem cell treatment has helped an injured Florida panther in need.

A two-year-old Florida panther named Buddah has a new lease on life thanks to the staff of the Tallahassee Museum of Natural History and veterinarian Dr. Norm Griggs’ interest in regenerative medicine.

According to his fascinating blog, My patients, My life, Dr. Griggs looked forward to meeting the new “kitty”. But shortly after the cat arrived, he received a phone call from Mike Jones, the curator of the museum. From the tone of Mike’s voice, Dr. Griggs knew that he had some bad news coming.

Buddah injured his shoulder or elbow a few months prior to arriving at the museum. While he appeared recovered, suddenly he started limping again on his front left leg. The panther’s medical history was sketchy, so it was difficult to learn how his injury had been treated. A thorough evaluation, including X-rays to get to the root of his lameness, was in order.

After evaluating the panther’s elbow, Dr. Griggs ascertained that at one point the cat had injured the joint surface of the radius; the main bone in his foreleg. Deciding the best course of treatment for this beautiful young panther was a challenge.

With pain management and medication to slow the progress of the devastating arthritis that was attacking his elbow, Buddah was doing well. He was active and playing. But when Dr. Griggs received a phone call from Mike one Saturday night, he braced for even more devastating news; while playing, Buddah had injured himself running into a fence. The panther hadn’t been putting weight on the leg, and Mike feared it was broken.

While the X-rays revealed no break, Buddah’s range of motion was impaired. As such, Dr. Griggs primary concern became giving this cat a good quality of life.

In approaching the panther’s medical situation, Dr. Griggs recalled his interest in regenerative medicine. Could stem cell treatment be a possible solution? He contacted Vet Stem, tops in the field in veterinary regenerative medicine, completed a credentialing course and was certified to utilize the treatment.

Dr. Griggs’ thoughts on regenerative medicine proved to be right on target. He administered stem cell treatment to Buddah. One week following the procedure, Buddah began to show improvement. Seven weeks later he was pain free, off medications and once again a happy young cat. And while he is carefully monitored and his exercise time is slowly being increased, Dr. Griggs is quite optimistic that a happy future lies ahead for this magnificent cat.

I hope that one day in the near future this incredible technology will be available to alleviate the suffering of human beings as well. Do you agree?

Stem cell therapy wasn’t unfair help for baseball star – health – 08 June 2011 – New Scientist

In VICTORIES & SUCCESS STORIES on June 8, 2011 at 10:55 pm

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BARTOLO COLÓN, a pitcher for the New York Yankees, is at the centre of a Major League Baseball (MLB) investigation after he opted for stem cell therapy to treat an elbow and shoulder injury.

MLB wants to know whether such stem cell treatment qualifies as a performance-enhancing drug. If Colón’s procedure included a dose of human growth hormone – which is banned in baseball – then MLB might have a case. But a New Scientist investigation suggests that the treatment was probably restorative, and does not endow people with “superhuman” powers.

Colón’s professional baseball career began impressively. In 2005 he won the American League Cy Young award for best pitcher. However, that season he partially tore the rotator cuff in his pitching arm, a group of muscles and tendons that stabilise the shoulder. In the years following the injury, Colón’s rise faltered. He was sidelined in the final two months of the 2009 season and didn’t play at all in 2010. However, after impressive pitching in the 2010 off-season, the Yankees signed the 38-year-old in January this year on a $900,000 contract. Colón is now back in action, pitching at 150 kilometres per hour in MLB games.

What changed? It seems that Colón has grown a new tendon thanks to stem cell therapy…

Stem cell therapy wasn’t unfair help for baseball star – health – 08 June 2011 – New Scientist.

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Treatment of Chronic Elbow Tendinosis With Buffered Platelet-Rich Plasma

Background: Elbow epicondylar tendinosis

Hypothesis: Treatment of chronic severe elbow tendinosis with buffered platelet-rich plasma will reduce pain and increase function in patients considering surgery for their problem.

Study Design: Cohort study; Level of evidence, 2.

Methods: One hundred forty patients with elbow epicondylar pain were evaluated in this study. All these patients were initially given a standardized physical therapy protocol and a variety of other nonoperative treatments. Twenty of these patients had significant persistent pain for a mean of 15 months (mean, 82 of 100; range, 60–100 of 100 on a visual analog pain scale), despite these interventions. All patients were considering surgery. This cohort of patients who had failed nonoperative treatment was then given either a single percutaneous injection of platelet-rich plasma (active group, n = 15) or bupivacaine (control group, n = 5).

Results: Eight weeks after the treatment, the platelet-rich plasma patients noted 60% improvement in their visual analog pain scores versus 16% improvement in control patients (P =.001). Sixty percent (3 of 5) of the control subjects withdrew or sought other treatments after the 8-week period, preventing further direct analysis. Therefore, only the patients treated with platelet-rich plasma were available for continued evaluation. At 6 months, the patients treated with platelet-rich plasma noted 81% improvement in their visual analog pain scores (P =.0001). At final follow-up (mean, 25.6 months; range, 12–38 months), the platelet-rich plasma patients reported 93% reduction in pain compared with before the treatment (P <.0001).

Conclusion: Treatment of patients with chronic elbow tendinosis with buffered platelet-rich plasma reduced pain significantly in this pilot investigation. Further evaluation of this novel treatment is warranted. Finally, platelet-rich plasma should be considered before surgical intervention.

via Treatment of Chronic Elbow Tendinosis With Buffered Platelet-Rich Plasma — Am J Sports Med.

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