Professional Athletes Choose Stem Cell Therapy: Is It Right For You?

Posted by BennuLife Staff on May 30, 2018 at 9:42 AM

Professional athletes depend on their health, strength, and vitality for their livelihood. Every missed game is money not made and stats unearned. In most cases, the window for their career is very small and they simply can’t afford to be sidelined with an injury. They need to heal quickly and completely, but they also need to consider preventive therapy to avoid re-injury.

Because of this, elite athletes are looking to the science of regenerative medicine as a support to help them get back in the game more quickly.

Which pro athletes have had stem cell therapy?

The list of pro athletes that have used stem cell therapy to speed up their recovery time after an injury is long and storied:

Peyton Manning of the Denver Broncos had stem cell therapy using his own bone marrow after two failed surgeries to correct bulging discs in his neck (and then went on to win the Super Bowl!)

Jack Nicklaus, the legendary golfer, suffered from severe back pain all his adult life. He endured cortisone injections, back surgery, and various treatments before discovering stem cell therapy at the age of 78.

Steph Curry of the Golden State Warriors used PRP treatment to speed treatment of a knee injury. 

Bartolo Colon, pitcher for the New York Yankees, suffered from ligament damage and a torn rotator cuff. He underwent stem cell therapy in his elbow and shoulder joints to help repair and heal this extremely painful and debilitating condition.

Chris Johnson, running back for the New York Jets, had stem cell therapy in his left knee to treat a torn meniscus.

Tennis pro Rafael Nadal received stem cell treatment using his own cells to treat spinal injury pain.

Doug Baldwin, a receiver for the Seattle Seahawks, receives stem cell therapy as a proactive approach to build up strength in his knees to prevent injury.

Andrew Heaney and Garrett Richards, starting pitchers for the L.A. Angels, had stem cell therapy for their shoulders to avoid Tommy John (ulnar collateral ligament or UCL) surgery, a treatment used to address a common pitcher’s injury.

Stem cell therapy is medicine for the long game

Stem cell therapy may be able to fast-track healing that otherwise might only be healed with surgery, long-term rest, NSAIDs, and cortisone injections.

However, with early intervention, the life of a joint can be prolonged and preserved. Without intervention, that trip to the operating table for joint-replacement surgery is inevitable. Coaches and team doctors alike agree on one principle: after every other option has been exhausted, the absolute last resort should be surgery. We couldn’t agree more.

For professional athletes, stem cell therapy offers hope that did not exist before. Cartilage can be repaired before ligaments are fully torn and partial tears can be fixed without surgery. Faster recovery times means they can get back in the game more quickly and worry less about re-injury or degeneration.

This is great news for professional athletes. What about me?

In the past, stem cell therapy was financially unrealistic for most people. It was often only available as an experimental treatment, and patients who wanted it had to travel outside the United States for access. While this was not so much of a problem for professional athletes, who can write it off as the cost of doing business, the average person simply did not have the money or access to receive this treatment.

Today’s stem cell therapy is much more cost-effective. Though insurance companies are not yet covering this type of treatment, the prices are much more affordable – especially if you consider the outrageous cost of surgery and the ensuing months of physical therapy that follow.

It is also no longer necessary to travel outside the United States to access this revolutionary treatment. At Bennulife, we offer world-class stem cell therapy treatment at one of the few clinics that utilizes FDA-approved, patented devices. Stem cell therapy is no longer an experimental treatment done covertly in international clinics. It is a widely-accepted and well-researched therapy, and we have over 150,000 positive results to prove it!

Our team of scientists completed a study on 51 former NFL players that were all considered surgical candidates. They had bone marrow concentrate injections for hip, knee or shoulder osteoarthritis. After a year, only 4 of those players ultimately elected to have the surgery. 

Common injuries addressed by stem cell therapy

Some of the most common sports-related injuries that we treat with stem cell therapy at Bennulife are:

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Meniscus Tears in The Knee
  • Rotator Cuff Injuries
  • Tennis Elbow
  • Achilles Tendons
  • Joint inflammation
  • Ligament sprains
  • Muscle strains

We have helped many professional athletes get back on their game, but the most satisfaction we get here at Bennulife is from treating the “regular” athlete. Whether you have an overuse injury from training for your fourth marathon or you took an awkward fall at the college reunion football scrimmage, we take all of our athletes seriously. Our goal is for our patients to avoid long-term (and often ineffective) physical therapy and, most importantly, we want to keep them out of the operating room.

Free of pain and back in the game – that’s our mantra.

If you would like to learn more about whether you are a good candidate for stem cell therapy, call today to schedule a consultation.

Topics: Regenerative Medicine, Athletics

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