Stem Cell Therapy for Arthritis: Learn About New Clinical Trial
Join Dr. Christopher Rogers and Dr. Bob Harman on Sat, November 23, 2019 from 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM PST in Carlsbad, CA for a free seminar. This is a first of its kind clinical trial, where a patient’s own stem cells will be processed in an FDA inspected facility and used for knee osteoarthritis.
DataBiologics launched their world-wide Regenerative Medicine Registry at the Orthobiologics Institute (TOBI) annual conference in Chicago last week.
Founders Dr. Christopher Rogers, Dr. Gerald Malanga and Dr. Jay Bowen attended the conference and were excited to see the huge interest in collecting patient reported outcome.
DataBiologics is simple to use, practical and affordable which allows Regenerative Medicine physicians to track their patient outcomes and collaborate with other physicians from around the world.
Dr. Chris Rogers and Dr. Gerald Malanga, co-founders of DataBiologics met with Dr. Arnold Caplan (middle) at TOBI last week. Dr. Caplan was the first scientist to discover, characterize and name the Mesenchymal Stem Cell in 1991. All doctors agree that now is the time to collect meaningful data, so that we can advance the field of Regenerative Medicine.
The Orthobiologic Institute (TOBI) founder, Dr. Steven Sampson shares a glass of champagne with DataBiologics co-founders, Dr. Jay Bowen, Dr. Gerald Malanga and Dr. Chris Rogers.
DataBiologics made its debut last week at the TOBI annual conference in Chicago. Physicians who join the Orthohealing Method Network will also receive access to the DataBiologics Registry.
Executive Director, Linda Rivord-Gutierrez and Patricia Rogers were on hand at TOBI last week to share all the exciting news about the new DataBiologics Registry.
The Orthobiologic Institute (TOBI) is the most widely recognized regenerative symposium and is attended by hundreds of physicians and specialists from all over the world. Dr Rogers and Dr Ambach were presenters and faculty to the 10th annual TOBI symposium in Chicago where cutting edge research and latest evidence on PRP and stem cell treatments were presented and discussed.
Dr Chris Rogers and Dr Mary Ambach along with fellow skilled specialists served as faculty at the Orthobiologic Institute Symposium and Workshops in Chicago on June 6, 2019.
Dr Rogers and Dr Ambach lectured on Lipoaspirate and Interventional Spine literature, science, techniques and proctored in the cadaver workshop lab to teach physicians from all over the world on injection techniques.
SDOMG Doctors Give Free Education on Safe and Proper Stem Cell Therapies
Dr. Chris Rogers and Dr. Mary Ambach had a successful seminar on natural regenerative treatments a few weeks ago at the BREG facility in Carlsbad. Attendees learned how cutting-edge nonsurgical treatments, like platelet-rich plasma, bone marrow concentrate stem cells and adipose or fat cells can be safely utilized to help heal orthopedic and sports injuries.
If you missed this exciting informative discussion, make sure to attend the next one.
Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy (PRP) is minimally invasive pain relief option for patients who don’t want to rely on medications or surgery and prefer to heal naturally. For more serious injuries, PRP therapy may be combined with surgery to accelerate healing and reduce the risk of infection. The plasma from your own blood contains several proteins that reduce pain and inflammation. Plasma carries the hormones, electrolytes, and nutrients required to nourish cells during the healing process. Here are 5 steps you can expect to take during your PRP treatment process.
Step 1 – Comprehensive medical evaluation
Prior to receiving your PRP treatment, every patient will undergo a comprehensive medical evaluation in order to establish an accurate and complete diagnosis. This may be the most important part of your entire treatment. We will review your medical history, previous records, imaging studies such as MRI, X-ray or CT scan. We will evaluate your medications, nutritional status and exercise activities. You will have the opportunity to learn your treatment options and have all your questions answered.
Step 2 – Supplements
PRP does not come in a bottle, it is produced by your own body. The quality of the PRP is influenced by the foods you eat, the medications you take and your genetic profile. Before your treatment, you may need to stop aspirin or other medications that interfere with platelet function. You may need to eat certain foods or take supplements to optimize the PRP solution for your condition.
Step 3 – Draw blood and spin it in a centrifuge.
Our phlebotomist will draw a small amount of blood and spin it in a centrifuge to isolate the platelets for your treatment.
Step 4 – Prepare the injection area while PRP is prepared
While our technician prepares the PRP in our lab, your physician will perform an ultrasound guided exam of the injured area. The area will be cleansed with antiseptic soap and numbed with a local anesthetic.
Step 5 – Direct injection using ultrasound imaging
PRP will be placed directly using ultrasound imaging. X-ray imaging will be used if we are treating the spine.
These time proven injection techniques are performed safely, comfortably and with high precision. After your treatment, you may apply ice as needed for up to two days. We will give you specific instructions for the first week to minimize discomfort and maximize a positive outcome.
What to expect after treatment
Most people experience results within 4 to 8 weeks following treatment. Some people feel relief almost immediately. You can resume normal activities including exercise within 4 to 7 days. As long as you don’t overdo it, physical activity actually accelerates the healing in most circumstances.
PRP therapy is a revolutionary breakthrough in the treatment of difficult orthopedic conditions. We think you will be pleasantly surprised to experience this therapy and the amazing results it offers. If you are in pain, there is no need to wait any longer. Come visit us and see if you are a candidate for this remarkable therapy today. 760-909-2355
Platelet rich plasma therapy augments your body’s natural healing capacity to reduce pain and improve function after a tendon, joint, disc or ligament injury. PRP may also reduce the pain from inflammation and osteoarthritis.
At San Diego Orthobiologics Medical Group, we use the latest in cellular biology and orthopedic clinical research to optimize your care. We use advanced technology to harvest, process and administer PRP to maximize your results. Because we use your own blood to stimulate healing, each treatment is unique and must be customized to your personal situation.
QUESTIONS FOR YOUR DOCTOR
Regenerative Medicine is an exciting new field that will forever change the way we treat orthopedic injuries. Many physicians are excited to leap into this field with varying levels of knowledge and experience.
So how do you, the patient, decide if you are a good candidate for this therapy. And who should you decide to use as your treating physician? We suggest that you ask your doctor the following questions to help you understand your care. Dr. Rogers has provided his responses to these questions below.
How much experience do you have treating musculoskeletal injuries?
Musculoskeletal injuries are best managed by specialists in the field of sports medicine. These include board certified physical medicine and rehabilitation physicians (physiatrists), orthopedic surgeons, and fellowship trained sports medicine physicians. It takes years to gain the experience and knowledge necessary to appropriately treat these kinds of injuries.
Accurate diagnosis is essential to successful treatment. And, in many cases, it is necessary to exhaust all conventional forms of treatment before even considering PRP therapy.
Dr. Rogers graduated as chief resident of the University of Texas, Health Science Center in San Antonio, Texas Physical Medicine, and Rehabilitation program in 1997. He completed a nonsurgical interventional spine fellowship in 1998 before joining the University of California, San Diego Orthopedic Surgery Department as an assistant clinical professor. He has practiced nonsurgical musculoskeletal medicine in private practice since 2000 and has treated more than 80,000 people just like you.
How much experience do you have with PRP?
PRP is a relatively new technology to orthopedics and our field is learning more about it all the time. Dr. Rogers was one of the first physicians in San Diego to use PRP for his patients in 2009. The protocols and algorithms that he uses have been shaped by his experience and the current medical literature to produce the best results possible. Dr. Rogers teaches PRP therapy to physicians at the Regenerative Medicine Therapy Institute, the BREG musculoskeletal ultrasound course, and The Orthobiologic Institute (TOBI) courses.
It is not a bad idea to ask your doctor how he or she stays up to date on Regenerative Medicine. As this is a new field, most physicians did not receive any specialized training in medical school. Doctors advance their knowledge by participation in continuing medical education, reading medical journal articles or attending Regenerative Medicine conferences. This discussion will give you an idea of the commitment your doctor has made in this emerging field.
How much experience do you have with diagnostic musculoskeletal ultrasound?
Administration of PRP with high precision and comfort leads to better outcomes and reduces the likelihood of additional expensive or risky procedures. Diagnostic ultrasound has radically changed the practice of orthopedic medicine allowing for better diagnostics and improved comfort with office based treatments.
For more than a decade, Dr. Rogers has trained his fellow physicians in the proper use of diagnostic musculoskeletal ultrasound. Dr. Rogers currently teaches musculoskeletal ultrasound at the BREG ultrasound courses, the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation workshops, and the OrthoBiologic Institute (TOBI) courses. He utilizes the most advanced diagnostic ultrasound equipment for his patient care.
What kind of PRP will you use?
There are many methods used to harvest, process and deliver PRP therapy. The cost and clinical results of each method vary widely as well. For example, the platelet concentration may range from two to fifteen times baseline in the blood depending upon which process is used. The healing response is largely determined by the concentration and quality of the proteins released from the platelets. Improvements in your condition may be slower or faster depending upon the method used to concentrate your platelets.
White blood cells are helpful in reducing the risk of infection and eliminating debris from a chronic injury. They also stimulate resident cells to produce healing proteins. However, these cells also release cytotoxic proteins and free radicals that can lead to cellular damage and a delayed healing response. Your doctor will need to assess the risk and benefit of using white blood cells in your PRP therapy.
Nutritional status, hormonal status, exercise, medications, and supplements all influence the quality of the cells and proteins in your blood. Prior to performing PRP therapy, we will often need to assess and modify these factors to improve your results.
What system (s) do you use to produce your PRP?
There are several commercially available products that assist in the production of PRP. The cost of each system varies and more sophisticated systems are generally more expensive. However, more sophisticated systems will allow your physician to customize your treatment and optimize the results. At San Diego Orthobiologics Medical Group we use three different cell concentrating systems depending upon the goals of treatment. Furthermore, we can measure the cell concentration which allows us to better understand why treatment results may vary from one person to the next.
Will you combine PRP therapy with any other form of therapy?
PRP often functions very well as a stand-alone treatment. However, many times additional forms of treatment need to be performed at the same time to maximize outcomes.
How many treatments will I need?
More than 90% of our patients only require one treatment. More challenging conditions may require additional PRP treatments or be combined with other cellular-based therapies.
Have you ever had a complication?
PRP is generally a very safe procedure. It is certainly safer than most other orthopedic treatments and surgery. Potential complications include pain, infection, fever, allergic reaction, swelling, tissue injury, and a failure to relieve symptoms. At the San Diego Orthobiologic Medical Group, we have never had a significant complication with any procedure in more than 20 years.
Do I have any reason to not consider PRP therapy?
Contraindications to PRP therapy include infection, very low platelet count, fever, anemia with symptoms, or use of anti-platelet medications, anti-inflammatory medications, steroids or statin medications.
Will you combine exercise or physical therapy with my PRP therapy?
This important step is often overlooked by some medical clinics. Exercise is crucial to expedite and maximize healing with PRP therapy. PRP simply addresses incomplete healing of a specific tissue, whereas stretching and strengthening are necessary to restore function to the entire joint. We have developed physical therapy protocols that you can do at home or with your therapist to allow the restoration of mobility, strength, and endurance.
How long will it take for my condition to improve after treatment with PRP?
This depends on the severity of your injury and your ability to regenerative healthy tissue. Some people heal very quickly and others more slowly. However, on average most people feel some significant improvement within six to eight weeks. Healing will continue for many more months after treatment. Many studies have demonstrated continued healing for up to a year.
What are your clinical results?
Very few medical practices track clinical outcomes. Although there are several clinical outcome studies in the medical literature, consensus regarding the exact type of PRP to use for a specific condition does not exist. Therefore, it is critical that each physician tracks the results of their treatment and share this information with prospective patients. At San Diego Orthobiologics Medical Group we have been tracking our results for years.
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Stem Cell Therapy for Arthritis: Learn About New Clinical Trial