Dr. Sanjay Gupta of CNN recently penned an article describing the utilization of stem cell therapy by golf legend Jack Nicklaus.
“For much of his professional golf career Nicklaus has had aggravating back pain that he describes as an eight or nine out of ten on the pain scale. Despite trying therapies ranging from cortisone shots to a back operation the pain persisted.”
In 2015 Nicklaus met German stem cell pioneer Dr. Eckhard Alt. After doing his own research, Nicklaus was convinced adipose stem cells, found in abdominal fat, may be something that could provide lasting relief.
“In 2016 Nicklaus underwent liposuction on his abdominal area to harvest the stem cells, which come from the blood vessels. The fat in the human body is a rich source of these blood vessels.”
Following a process of concentration, the cells were injected into his body. The goal of the therapy is to heal the tissue and decrease inflammation.
Stem cell therapy may be appropriate for osteoarthritis of the knee, osteoarthritis of the wrist, rotator cuff tears, facet joint injury and other conditions.
“I’m not a doctor, but I think that stem cell is going to change… the direction of orthopedics, totally.”