NFL player looks to orthopedic stem cell therapy for faster recovery

NFL player looks to orthopedic stem cell therapy for faster recoveryIn an October loss to the Chicago Bears, running back Jamaal Charles of the Kansas City Chiefs tore his anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee, according to the Kansas City Star. As a stand-out player in the team’s offensive line-up it was a surprise to many that they’ve continued on with a winning streak since then. Yet it’s unfortunate for Charles who can now only sit on the sidelines and watch. Not uncommon as a professional athlete, this season-ending injury wasn’t the first time in Charles’ eight-year NFL career that a knee injury caused him to sit out for the remainder of the season.

Stem cell therapy
While both knee injuries were season-ending, it was Charles’ choice of recovery procedures that has changed. After a 2011 ACL tear, the running back used traditional methods of knee repair – surgery. However, with the consistently emerging information and success stories on orthopedic stem cell therapies, more and more professional athletes are willing to turn toward these alternatives. In fact, more than 100 NFL football players have used the surgery in recent years, reported Sports Illustrated.

“It’s something different. Every year, somebody comes out with something different. When I tore my left ACL 4 years ago, I didn’t do it,” Charles told Sports Illustrated. “This is a new thing that came out to get you back faster, so I just tried it.”

Faster recovery
Using the body’s own stem cells, the treatment enhances healing and speeds up the recovery process. According to the Kansas City Star, orthopedic surgeon Dr. Bert Mandelbaum believes that stem cell therapy treatment is a very important area and can have a huge impact on elite athletes who commonly suffer from long-term injuries. Pulling from the body’s own bone marrow, the process is more natural and involves less risk of rejection or infection. Additionally, the graft is going to allow for faster healing and for a stronger and better repair.

The Bleacher Report stated that Charles first received the stem cell treatment during the ligament-repair surgery, and then again six weeks later. With the notion that experimenting with the stem cell therapy will lead to a faster recovery time, Charles has reported that he’s confident he’ll be back on the field and ready to go for the start of the 2016 season.

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A fracture is a serious accident that should be looked at by our doctor immediately. Many fractures happen due to accidents and other conditions that are unplanned and happen in the blink of an eye. At the offices of Sachdev Orthopaedics, Dr. Sachdev offers all of his patients and clientele extra hours to come in on Mondays and Wednesdays in the event of a fracture or sprain. We offer personalized, individual Easton fracture care that can be treated in office, including surgeries.

Dr. Sachdev believes in actively helping all of his patients receive the best orthopaedic care. At Sachdev Orthopaedics, all of our patients receive one-on-one orthopaedic care because of the need to establish more innovative patient care. Many hospitals and large practices can lose track of patients and the care isn’t as tailored and refined. Patients feel rushed and that their doctor isn’t listening as they should be. During your appointment for Easton fracture care, we will discuss your orthopedic problems in detail and help you feel really taken care of. Dr. Sachdev has been providing the best in orthopedic care to Lehigh Valley and the surrounding areas for many years now. He specializes in a wide variety of orthopedic conditions related to the elbow, shoulder, hip, knee, foot, ankle and hand. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and is practiced in using computer aided surgical techniques.

Along with Easton fracture care, we also offer treatment for many common orthopedic conditions. This includes hip and knee arthritis, bursitis, shoulder tendonitis and rotator cuff conditions. We also treat many hand and wrist problems and are able to treat many of our patients with computer assisted surgery and arthroscopic surgery in the most minimally invasive way possible. Along with fractures, we also specialize in total and partial joint replacements, hand surgery, and sports medicine. Dr. Sachdev boasts over 20 years’ experience in implant procedures and over five years experience using computer navigation for knee replacements, partial knee replacements and bone sparing hip replacements. Our practice is also able to accommodate those who need carpal tunnel surgery, ACL reconstructions and rotator cuff repairs. Evaluation and management of these conditions is also offered.

3729 Easton-Nazareth Hwy. Suite 203
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