Garret Richards & Stem Cell Therapy | MLB Baseball
As reported by ESPN and in a Los Angeles Daily News article by sports writer Joey Kaufman, Angels’ pitcher Garrett Richards has elected stem cell therapy for the tear in his ulnar collateral ligament over a surgical procedure known as “Tommy John,” a method that requires the removal of a tendon from elsewhere in the body to replace the damaged ligament in the elbow. The stem cell sports medicine field is finding firm footing among professional athletes.*
Angels manager Mike Scioscia said, “I don’t think you want to jump into any kind of surgery, let alone a surgery of the magnitude of a Tommy John procedure. I think, for Garrett’s interests, it’s best to take this course.”
According to Scioscia , Richards consulted with numerous players and doctors, and determined that stem cell elbow therapy was the best choice.* Tommy John surgery has a recovery time of as long as a year or more, compared to stem cell elbow therapy which has the potential to have Richards back on the mound in approximately six weeks.* Over the past several years, the stem cell sports medicine field has grown.
Richards received the stem cell elbow treatment on May 16th. Having experienced no adverse reactions, Richards is reported to be optimistic. Scioscia said, “Really he doesn’t have many symptoms at all, so I know that he’s confident that he’ll heal with this course of action.”
Stem Cell Sports Medicine Gaining Ground
Stem cell sports medicine is gaining ground throughout the sports world, including soccer, tennis and baseball. The success of stem cell therapy, such as in the case of former Angels pitcher Bartolo Colon in 2010, is making sports medicine experts rethink surgery as the first resort in career-threatening sports injuries.*
Functional rehabilitation therapies like stem cell elbow treatment are among those most often sought by athletes with severe joint injuries to the shoulder, knee, elbow, ankle or hip.* This alternative to going under the knife is becoming the first choice for many sports professionals.
Among the reasons that stem cell sports medicine is becoming popular with sports medicine professionals is that stem cell therapy is minimally invasive. It uses of the patient’s own adult stem cells, a method that virtually eradicates any chance of the patient’s body rejecting the treatment. Technically speaking the stem cells are Adipose-derived, which means the stem cells are extracted from the patient’s own fat stores. Adipose-derived stem cells are multi-potent, meaning they possess the ability to become whatever body tissue is needed to make the repair: muscle, tendons, ligaments, bone or cartilage.
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