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STEM CELLS & GORDIE HOWE

Article from New York Magazine

June 1, 2015

On the Sunday before last Halloween, Cathy Purnell found her father, Gordie Howe, lying on his bedroom floor in Lubbock, Texas. His eyes were closed and the right side of his mouth hung slack. When she tried to rouse him, he didn’t respond. Howe, who was 86, had suffered a stroke. He was paralyzed on his right side, could barely talk, and, once he’d returned from the hospital, needed someone to lift him from his bed to a wheelchair and back. He couldn’t remember the names of his four children — Marty, Mark, Cathy, and Murray — and over the next several weeks, his condition only grew worse. One day, Mark found him crying alone in bed. When Mark took him to get an epidural to relieve his back pain, the doctor took one look at Gordie and asked Mark if it might be better to just let his father go. On the rare occasion when Gordie managed to speak, he would sometimes tell his children that he had one last request: “Just take me out back and shoot me.”

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STEM CELLS MAY IMPROVE SURGERY OUTCOMES & OSTEOARTHRITIS

At South Lake Pain Institute, we’re proud to offer adult stem cell therapy as a treatment option for patients. Less invasive than traditional surgery and with much less down time, we’ve had many patients who have experienced pain relief and healing with the assistance of their own cells. Last week, mackie shilstone wrote about the growing practice in the times-picayune/nola.com:

According to research noted in the journal of bone and joint surgery (jbjs.org), “more than one million knee arthroscopy procedures are performed annually in the u.s., of which, the majority are for the surgical repair or partial excision of meniscal tears.”

This same journal noted that, “unfortunately, the failure rate of approximately 20 to 24 % has not substantially changed even with the advent of all-inside surgical techniques.”

Orthoassociates.com says, “the meniscus is a half moon shaped piece of cartilage that lies between the weight bearing joint surfaces of the femur and the tibia. It is triangular in cross section and is attached to the lining of the knee joint along its periphery. There are two menisci in a normal knee; the outside one is called the lateral meniscus, the inner one the medial meniscus.”

A research paper on jbjs.org – adult human mesenchymal stem cells delivered via intra-articular injection to the knee following partial medial meniscectomy (removal of meniscus) – concluded that,“the results of this study suggest that mesenchymal stem cells have the potential to improve the overall condition of the knee joint.”

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Through traditional therapies and advanced areas of practice like adult stem cell therapy, we can help you heal so you can focus on the other important matters in your life

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