Stem cells have the ability for self-renewal. They can be used to replace cells that have been lost or destroyed, or to change the behavior of other cells. Using stem cells can offer solutions for treating painful conditions such as bone and cartilage defects, osteoarthritis, tendon and ligament injuries, and maybe even nerve damage. Some clinics are even injecting stem cells into degenerative discs of the spine.
Our first guest, Dean Scarpa, sustained a high-grade tear of the ACL and injured the MCL and meniscus of his right knee. Three months after stem cell therapy, he felt he had found the foundation of youth for his joints. Sports medicine specialist, Dr. Brian Shiple, then details the capacity of stem cells to heal a range of musculoskeletal, disc, and even nerve injuries.