Orthopedic specialists in the United States have recently been offering autologous treatments as a way of healing the injuries suffered by athletes. The goal of these treatments is to speed up recovery time by introducing the athlete’s own stem cells into areas of the body suffering from damage and chronic inflammation. These doctors are reporting success with injured football players,
Autologous stem cell treatments aren’t like taking prescription medicine, on one hand, nor like a liver transplant, on the other. When properly administered, autologous stem cells have a much more long-lasting effect than the proverbial “take two aspirin and call me in the morning” but not so long an effect as a successful liver transplant.
The fact of the matter is that the primitive bone marrow transplantation practiced on leukemia patients a half-century ago was slow and painful.
Those of us who practice on the forefront of medicine get tired of hearing advice like “Don’t trust any doctor whose treatments aren’t approved by the FDA” from bureaucrats and laymen. It’s not that we have anything against the FDA – we’re really natural allies in the advancement of medical practice because we give them discoveries that they turn into accepted procedures.