Article by The Associated Press
Dec. 13, 2015
Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles told Sports Illustrated that he recently had stem cell treatments as part of his recovery from a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee.
Charles, who is on injured reserve, said this is the first time he’s used the procedure. When he tore his ACL in 2011, he did not use it, but did so this time because he believes it can help him return to the field quicker. Charles says he had stem cells injected during his ligament-repair surgery and again six weeks later. The treatment involves taking a patient’s bone marrow, extracting the stem cells and then injecting them into the injured part of the body.