140: How Stem Cells Are Helping People Recover from Injury and Avoid Surgery

140: How Stem Cells Are Helping People Recover from Injury and Avoid Surgery

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Stem cells and Dr Christopher Centeno

I am here today with Dr. Christopher Centeno, MD, who is an international expert and specialist in regenerative medicine. He’s at the forefront of research on using adult stem cells in orthopedics to repair common injuries and provide an alternative to painful and invasive surgery.

I’m just starting to learn about the huge potential of stem cell therapy for helping us (and our kids) recover from sports injuries, joint issues, and (one day) maybe even traumatic injuries — all by promoting healing from within in a very targeted way.

Stem Cells Instead of Surgery? Dr. Centeno Explains

Ever heard of umbilical cord blood banking? It’s just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to potential ways to harness the natural healing abilities of stem cells.

Dr. Christopher Centeno is board certified in physical medicine as well as rehabilitation and pain management. He is also one of the few physicians in the world with extensive experience in the use of adult stem cells to treat orthopedic injuries such as torn ACLs, injured rotator cuffs, and more. This is cutting-edge research with huge implications for the next generation.

If you have a son or daughter in sports (or if you’ve just ever wished for an alternative to surgery!), hear why stem cell therapy may be the future of medicine.

In This Episode You’ll Learn

  • how stem cells work in the body (and why scientists are interested)
  • recent advances in regenerative medicine … and what might be coming to a doctor’s office near you
  • the technique doctors like Dr. Centero use to target specific areas of the body with healing stem cells
  • common orthopedic injuries and conditions stem cell therapy can help (and which it can’t … yet!)
  • whether kids really heal more quickly than adults … and what happens to our stem cells as we age
  • if umbilical cord blood banking is really worth it
  • reasons to reevaluate how we introduce our kids to sports
  • and more!

Resources We Mention

Learn more about Dr. Centeno and targeted stem cell therapy at Regenexx.com

More from Dr. Centeno

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What do you think about stem cell research? Would you try an up and coming technique like regenerative stem cell therapy in place of surgery? Please share in the comments or leave me a review on iTunes. I read each and every comment, and my guests often do too and might answer your questions!

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Reader Comments

  1. Does stem cell therapy work for peripheral neuropathy?

    Do the injected cells have to be live cells?

  2. This is very exciting! I would like to know if stem cell therapy or something like that would work on growing new teeth? I have heard of people having a second set of adult teeth and even some teenagers growing a new tooth after one has been knocked out.

  3. This is great news! Do you know how far along stem cell research is for teeth? I had too many adult teeth extracted during childhood orthodontics and now, using myofunctional therapy and vivos-type appliances, I am reversing the extraction to make spaces for the teeth that had been removed. I would love to know if stem cell teeth are a possibility instead of implants.

    Also, the podcast mentioned stem cells for spinal issues, can it be used to treat scoliosis? Reversing my tooth extraction is helping my scoliosis considerably (my crooked spine was likely caused in large part from my the bad bite created with extraction orthodontics) but I am wondering if stem cells could also help facilitate the healing of my spine?

    Thank you!!

  4. Have you seen the docu ‘The healing miracle- the truth about stem cells’?
    A lot of fascinating info there regarding the potential of stem cells harvested from your belly fat. Austism, MS, Stroke, Concussion- the options seemed endless!!?

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