Argentine Player Receives Stem Cell Therapy During World Cup
How many people out there watched the World Cup? While we were a little disappointed with the USA’s loss against Belgium, we tuned back in when Belgium played Argentina—though for a different reason.
During the quarterfinal game against Belgium, Argentine midfielder Angel di Maria suffered an injury (later revealed to be a rectus femoris tear) that forced him on the bench for that and the next game. Eager to get back on the pitch, di Maria opted for a treatment the doctors at SWSS are very familiar with, regenerative therapy with stem cells.
What is stem cell therapy?
Stem cell therapy has been in use since the early 1990s. Recent advances in technology have improved the ease and safety of its use. Autologous (meaning using cells from your own body) stem cell therapy is quickly gaining popularity as a means to treat painful injuries. Treatment with autologous stem cells, is a simple outpatient procedure the doctors at SWSS have expertise in. This all natural therapy is being used to help a wide range of patients- from those with acute muscle and/or ligament injuries, like di Maria’s, to those with joint pain from arthritis, and low back pain from injured discs and degenerative disc disease. Stem cells used for treatment can be easily harvested from either a patient’s bone marrow taken from the back of the hip or from adipose (fat) cells. The cells are immediately prepared for reinjection. This bedside procedure utilizes a specialized system that isolates and concentrates the desired stem cells under sterile conditions. Then the patients own fresh concentrated cells are injected into the injured area using appropriate visual guidance (either ultrasound or fluoroscopy). AT SWSS the entire procedure takes less then one hour and is performed in our comfortable, state of the art facility.
The reason stem cells are such potent healers is because they have the unique ability to stimulate a natural healing process and ‘morph’ into healthy, mature cells replacing the injured cells in the area. Multinucleated stem cells (MSC’s) called stem cells for short are cells that can differentiate, proliferate and mature in the environment that they are placed in. Simply put, this means that stem cells have the ability to transform themselves into and develop into different types of healthy mature cells, including bone cartilage, muscle, tendon and ligament. When handled and injected correctly, stem cells help to set up a healing environment and stimulate a regenerative process to create healthy tissue.
Did it work?
This isn’t the first time the Argentine ace has turned to stem cell therapy to recover from an injury, and while he was not able to start in the final match against Germany (which his team ended up losing), we expect he’ll be back in fighting shape in time for his next season with his home team, Real Madrid.
Di Maria is not the first athlete to receive stem cell treatment in response to a sports injury—other notable patients include New York Yankees pitcher Bartolo Colon, Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning, and many others.
Stem Cell Therapy in Arizona
You don’t need to be a professional athlete to treat your pain with biologic regenerative treatments. Advanced technology using regenerative therapies including platelet rich plasma (prp), Fibrin Disc Sealant, and stem cell therapy are being offered to patients suffering from painful conditions—just call Southwest Spine & Sports! Our physicians offer a variety of biologic regenerative medicine treatment options, The doctors at Southwest Spine & Sports can help get you back to an active pain free life.
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