FREE Webinar: Non-Surgical Options to Treat Shoulder Problems

FREE Webinar: Non-Surgical Options to Treat Shoulder Problems

Common Shoulder Problems and Non-Surgical Options to Treat Them 

Do you have bursitis, rotator cuff tear, or joint arthritis in your shoulder? What treatment options do you have that do not involve surgery? Join us and learn from our SDOMG physicians who are experts in diagnosing and treating orthopedic conditions. They will share innovative treatments in the field of Regenerative Medicine and discuss Cell-Based Therapies like PRP, Bone Marrow, and Fat Derived Stem Cell treatments for shoulder problems.

·         Date and Time :  May 12, 2021. 12 pm PT

·         Speaker(s): Dr. Chris Rogers and Dr. Mary A. Ambach

Dr. Christopher Rogers is one of the world’s leading experts in orthopedic regenerative medicine and a renowned speaker at national medical conferences. He has developed new approaches for the treatment of tendon injuries, osteoarthritis and disc degeneration which provide a safe and viable alternative to surgery.

Dr. Mary Ambach specializes in non-surgical orthopedics, regenerative therapies, and interventional pain management.  As a key thought leader in the field of Regenerative Medicine, Dr. Ambach conducts research, trains physicians, and lectures at international medical conferences.

Ask the Docs: Labrum Tear | Facebook Live Event

Ask the Docs: Labrum Tear | Facebook Live Event

ASK THE DOCS

Facebook Live Series

Live Question and Answer session with Regenerative Experts

Topic: Labrum Tear

Date and Time: May 5, 2021. 12:30 PT

Join us on our Free Facebook Live Series called Ask the Docs. In this session,  SDOMG physician experts will answer your questions on this common joint problem: labrum tear and degeneration.

 

FREE Webinar: Cell Therapy vs. Surgery for Knee Joint Pain

FREE Webinar: Cell Therapy vs. Surgery for Knee Joint Pain

How do you decide when to proceed with surgery vs. biologics for knee pain due to osteoarthritis, ligament, or meniscus injuries? When should you consider Cell-Based Therapies like PRP, Bone marrow, or Fat Derived Stem Cell treatments for Knee Joint Problems? Join us and learn from experts in the field of Regenerative Medicine!

We are excited to have an International Guest Speaker, Dr. William Murrell, join us for this webinar. He is an Orthopedic Surgeon who is active in developing innovative technology in the field of Regenerative Medicine.  He will provide a valuable perspective as a surgeon using these Cell therapies in treating knee pain.

  • Date and Time : April 21, 2021. 12 pm PT
  • Speaker(s): Dr. Chris Rogers and Dr. Mary A. Ambach featuring our Guest Speaker: Dr. William Murrell

Dr. Christopher Rogers is one of the world’s leading experts in orthopedic regenerative medicine and a renowned speaker at national medical conferences. He has developed new approaches for the treatment of tendon injuries, osteoarthritis, and disc degeneration which provide a safe and viable alternative to surgery.
 
Dr. Mary Ambach specializes in non-surgical orthopedics, regenerative therapies, and interventional pain management.  As a key thought leader in the field of Regenerative Medicine, Dr. Ambach conducts research, trains physicians, and lectures at international medical conferences.

Dr. William Murrell is a Board Certified Orthopaedic surgeon with a sub-specialty in orthopaedic sports medicine and regenerative medicine. He is well recognized in the field of regenerative medicine and is active in clinical research collaborating with experts around the world.

Stem Cell Therapy Lecture

Stem Cell Therapy Lecture

Dr. Christopher Rogers was honored to speak at the April 2021 La Jolla Golden Triangle Rotary Club meeting. Topics of the lecture included a history of stem cell therapy in San Diego and an update on FDA-approved clinical trials for knee osteoarthritis.  To see a copy of the lecture, visit the San Diego Orthobiologics Medical Group YouTube channel or view the video linked below!

Can Cellular Treatments Repair Muscle Tissue?

Can Cellular Treatments Repair Muscle Tissue?

Muscle strain and muscle tears are not limited to sports injuries, they can also occur on the job or at home. One wrong move, a fall, or any injury can lead to significant muscle damage in the back, legs, or arms. 

A strain or pulled muscle occurs when the fibers in the muscles are overstretched.  When those fibers become stretched so thin that they break, it becomes a muscle tear.

Depending on the severity of the injury, it may take anywhere from a few days to several weeks to fully heal from these injuries.  Muscle regeneration usually starts during the first four to five days after injury, peaks at two weeks, and then gradually diminishes three to four weeks after the injury [1].  In severe cases, it may take surgery to repair a muscle tear. 

Can cellular treatments help patients heal more quickly and naturally from these injuries?

How Do Cellular Treatments Promote Healing Muscle Tissue?

Cellular treatments for musculoskeletal injuries operate on the principle that the body has the ability to heal itself.  Regenerative medicine specialists use certain cells in our body that are involved in healing to stimulate the repair of damaged tissues and augment the body’s healing response. 

These innovative cell therapies have been successfully used to treat orthopedic conditions.

  • Platelet Rich Plasma: Platelets in blood release growth factors and proteins that promote tissue repair, while the plasma carries the hormones, electrolytes, and nutrients required to nourish cells during the healing process. Platelet-rich plasma treatments can be customized to create specific formulations for each type of tissue being treated (muscle, tendon, ligament, cartilage).
  • Stem Cell Treatments: Cells derived from the patient’s own bone marrow or adipose (fat) tissue produce molecules that stimulate the production of new blood vessels, awaken other stem cells and encourage newly forming cells to produce collagen and other proteins essential for creating new healthy new tissue. 

The use of cell therapies for muscle injuries have been studied in many clinical trials. There is evidence that it can induce muscle cell proliferation, assist with tissue healing and shorten the time for athletes to return to sports after an injury [2].  Nevertheless, more studies are needed to evaluate the use of PRP for muscle injuries.  There are many exciting new potential therapeutic applications of cellular therapies like stem cell treatments in repairing muscle injuries without the need for surgery [3] [4].  Advances in tissue engineering and biotechnology will pave the way for this to become a reality in the near future.         

Drs. Christopher Rogers and Mary A. Ambach of San Diego Orthobiologics Medical Group are nationally recognized experts in the field of regenerative medicine.  For more than 20 years, they have been helping patients with joint and spine injuries overcome their pain through the latest advances in cell-based treatments.

  

[1] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4958098/#:~:text=Muscle%20regeneration%20usually%20starts%20during,fibers%20and%20connective%20tissue%20formation.

[2] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6220013/

[3] https://aabme.asme.org/posts/stem-cells-heal-damaged-muscle-doing-what-surgery-can-t#:~:text=When%20the%20body%20recovers%20from,muscle%20to%20repair%20an%20injury

[4] https://www.nature.com/articles/s41536-020-0094-3

 

 

What is Regenerative Medicine?

What is Regenerative Medicine?

Regenerative medicine is a field in medicine that develops methods to regrow, repair, or replace damaged diseased cells, tissues or organs. It utilizes the body’s natural healing processes to rebuild damaged tissues and heal injuries. In the field of orthopedics, regenerative medicine holds great promise for helping patients with injuries or degeneration involving the musculoskeletal system.

Damage to the joints, ligaments, tendons, or discs can lead to chronic pain in various parts of the body including:

  • Lower Back
  • Knees
  • Hips
  • Neck
  • Feet and ankles
  • Hands and wrists
  • Elbows and Shoulders

Regenerative medicine addresses the reason for the pain by helping to heal and create new healthy tissues. 

How Does it Work?

Regenerative treatments for orthopedic conditions use the patient’s own blood and tissues from bone marrow or fat to kick-start the body’s own healing processes. These cells are removed from the patient and concentrated to isolate the healing proteins, molecules, and nutrients they contain. These super-healers are then re-injected into the site of damaged tissue to encourage new cell growth and healing.

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) does not allow the use of embryonic cells or birth tissue products for treating orthopedic conditions. However regenerative medicine physicians can use FDA-compliant autologous cellular products to treat musculoskeletal problems.  

These autologous cell therapies include:

  • Platelet Rich Plasma: Platelets in the patient’s own blood release growth factors and proteins that promote tissue repair, while the plasma carries the hormones, electrolytes and nutrients required to nourish cells during the healing process.
  • Cell Based Therapies: Adult Stem Cells taken from the patient’s own fat tissue (adipose) or bone marrow have the unique ability to develop into the specific kind of cell needed and possess molecules that direct other cells in the injured area to form new blood vessels, awaken other stem cells and encourage newly forming cells to produce collagen and other proteins essential for creating new healthy tissues.

Prolotherapy (Proliferative Therapy) is a Regenerative injection using natural medications, specifically dextrose, that help the body jump-start its own natural healing response when injected into the injured area. 

Is Regenerative Medicine Painful?

For many years, patients with unresolved chronic orthopedic pain were left to consider surgery as their last option and best hope for long-term pain relief.  But with advancements in regenerative medicine, these patients can avoid major surgery and lengthy rehabilitation.

Regenerative treatments are injection procedures and unlike surgery, they do not involve the pain or risk of large surgical incisions.  Blood, bone marrow, or fat tissue is collected, processed, and injected into injured tissue on the same day. These procedures are typically performed on an out-patient basis and recovery begins at home within hours of the treatment.

Ask the Right Questions, Get the Best Results

When considering regenerative medicine treatments, it is important that you do your research in selecting a physician that is highly skilled and experienced in regenerative medicine. The following are questions that you need to ask before making your decision. Patients get the best outcomes when the answer is “yes” to all these questions. 

  • Is the physician board-certified and specializes in diagnosing and treating orthopedic conditions?  Examples include Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Sports Medicine, Orthopedics, Pain Management physicians.
  • Do you use appropriate, advanced, FDA-compliant devices in the preparation of the cellular products that can deliver the best results?
  • Are the treatments performed using imaging guidance to ensure precise delivery of the regenerative products to the site of the injury?
  • Is the practice compliant with FDA regulations?
  • Do you track your outcomes and present them at medical conferences or publish them in medical journals?

Drs. Christopher J. Rogers and Mary A. Ambach of San Diego Orthobiologics Medical Group together have successfully treated thousands of patients with PRP and cell-based treatments for more than three decades. They are published authors and stem cell researchers.  Their facility in Carlsbad contains the most advanced Regenerative Medicine technology in San Diego and offers same-day treatments with the highest level of safety and efficacy

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