McClain underwent stem-cell therapy to address chronic pain in his knee and ankle this offseason. “I’ve been having two seasons of nagging pain in my knee,” McClain told the Birmingham Press Register. He now “feels a lot better.” A radiologist injected cells from other parts of McClain’s body into the knee and the area of a previous high ankle sprain. McClain is now working out four days per week, and says he’s able to sprint “with hardly any pain at all.”
Published: Sunday, April 22, 2012, 7:07 AM
Alabama's Marquis Maze returns a punt past LSU defenders in the first quarter of the BCS Championship game on Jan. 9, 2012, at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Press-Register/Bill Starling)
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The Precision StemCell procedures are breakthrough, non-surgical treatment options for people suffering from moderate to severe joint or bone pain due to injury and other conditions. If you are experiencing knee, hip or shoulder pain, you have probably been given two choices: pain management or surgery.
We see many different orthopedic problems. We currently have procedures for treating the following conditions:
- Tendon Tear
- Ligament Tears
- Muscle Tear
- Degenerative Disc
- Bone Fracture/Non-Union
ALS Treatment with Stem Cells
Stem cells repair and replenish cells within our body. The problem is that as we age or get injuries, there may not be enough stem cells in the area to adequately repair or regenerate. Precision StemCell procedures take care of that problem by placing our umbilical stem cells in the location where repair is needed. Tens of millions of stem cells are delivered to the injured area, more than your body could ever deliver on its own.
Precision StemCell is different from any other stem cell clinic because our stem cells are injected under precise image guidance such as CT, MRI, Fluoroscopy and Ultrasound.
This Precision StemCell process is important with all stem cell treatments; and becomes critical with the ALS, MS, or Parkinson's patient. The delivery stem cell delivery points for these patients is very precise; and nearly impossible to reach without our image guided process.
MRI Guided Needle Placement
There are many medical conditions, which are only visible on MRI. This is why an MRI is needed to diagnose many orthopedic conditions. To inject stem cells into injuries only visible by MRI, you need MRI guidance to place them in the appropriate location. We have a large bore 3 Tesla MRI which allow us to use MRI guidance when needed.
CT Guided Needle Placement
Computed tomography (CT) allows for detailed visualization of the anatomy of the body. CT uses x-ray and makes thin slices through the body to generate an image of the internal anatomy. Our system has CT fluoroscopy, which allows real time imaging while placing the needle under CT guidance. This allows for precise needle placement.
Ultrasound Guided Needle Placement
Ultrasound uses sound waves to generate an image of the body. This technique is very useful for the injection of tendons, as it allows good visualization in real-time.
Fluoroscopy Guided Needle Placement
Fluoroscopy is real time X-ray. It allows for the visualization of bony structures. This is useful for certain injections of the joint and spine.