Long-Lasting Joint-Pain Relief

Nonsurgical regenerative therapy delivers enduring freedom from knee pain.

Five years after the TruGenta Injection,
Michael still feels no pain in his knee.

English was Michael Vernon’s worst subject in school, but he learned enough to realize movie writers are out of interesting topics and simply rehash the same old stories. Convinced he can do better, Michael wrote two screenplays based on his life experiences.

“One of them is about a card-playing buddy of mine that I’ve known for 50 years,” discloses Michael, 68. “The other is about another friend named Hotdog Harry, who started a charity to help bolster soldiers’ morale during the holidays.

“It’s an incredible story about how Harry, all on his own, went to Beirut in the middle of the Lebanese Civil War to take hotdogs to the soldiers. Harry wanted to show appreciation for the soldiers’ sacrifices and nearly got killed. He called his charity Operation: America Loves You. Harry passed away, but his company still exists. They go all over the world during the holidays to boost the morale of our service people.”

Writing a screenplay is just the beginning. Michael must also pitch his idea to Hollywood. That process starts with the publication of a synopsis of his story on various websites for independent authors. If his work is selected, it’s assessed by a group of industry professionals, who determine if it merits further consideration. During these “pitch fests,” Michael fervently advocates for his manuscripts.

“One of my screenplays is being reviewed at the Austin Film Festival in Texas,” Michael announces. “If it wins the festival, I may earn representation, an agent or a manager. Having representation can open doors that might be closed to me now.”

Michael felt a door close in 2016 when he was told he needed joint replacement surgery on his left knee. The problem was that degenerative arthritis, or osteoarthritis, was wearing away the protective tissue that cushions the bones and enables smooth movement.

“I had a lot of stiffness, swelling and pain in that knee,” Michael reports. “Sometimes, a piece of debris would pop into my knee and caused tremendous pain. As time went on, just moving around and doing normal everyday things became pretty tough.

“For example, it was very hard just to get in and out of the car. I had to keep my left leg elevated as much as possible, and I was taking pain medication quite often. My pain was an eight or nine, sometimes a 10 out of 10.

“Eventually, my mobility dwindled to 10 to 15 percent of what it was. It was so bad that I had to give up playing golf. The way I was going, I figured I was about six months away from needing a wheelchair.”

Michael wanted to avoid surgery, so he went online in search of nonsurgical treatment options and discovered Regenerative Biologics Institute in Vero Beach.

RBI is one of the few clinics in the country that has stem cell scientists and physicians working together to provide the best possible stem cell-based regenerative therapies for arthritic or injured joints.

“Mr. Vernon came to us in October 2016 with severe, bone-on-bone arthritis in his left knee,” recalls Jason Griffeth, MS, a regenerative medicine scientist at RBI. “We offer alternatives to surgery, including proprietary regenerative therapies, one of which is TruGenta Injection Therapy. It’s excellent for bone-on-bone patients facing joint replacement, so we recommended it to Mr. Vernon.”

Fertilized Seed

Patients with bone-on-bone conditions have very little cartilage remaining in their joints. Typically, the cartilage has deteriorated over time due to wear and degenerative arthritis, as in Michael’s case. TruGenta Injection Therapy contains millions of regenerative cells that have the potential to form new tissue, including cartilage, Jason explains.

“TruGenta therapy uses mesenchymal stem cells retrieved from the patient,” he elaborates. “For this therapy, we combine those stem cells with platelet rich plasma (PRP) taken from the patient’s blood and inject the resulting mixture into the damaged joint using ultrasound guidance. Then, the regeneration begins.

“To get an idea of how it works, think of growing grass on dirt. You plant the grass seeds and then add fertilizer. That’s what we’re doing biologically. The stem cells act as seeds, which we fertilize with platelets and growth factors from the PRP. Once injected into the joint, the stem cells start to multiply. As the joint space gets crowded, those cells begin to fuse together and form new tissue.”

The stem cells used in TruGenta Injection Therapy also release therapeutic proteins into the damaged joint that help reduce pain and inflammation. This creates an optimal environment for the therapy’s long-lasting regenerative effects.

“It feels like a brand new knee.” – Michael

“Traditional orthopedic treatments such as cortisone and gel injections only mask the patient’s symptoms,” Jason maintains. “TruGenta therapy and our other regenerative therapies treat the underlying cause of pain, which results in long-lasting relief.”

Among the other proprietary regenerative therapies offered at RBI are PlateletPro™ PRP Therapy and GFX™ Injection Therapy.

“PlateletPro PRP uses PRP that RBI has optimized for healing,” Jason describes. “We have improved the process of extracting the healing properties from blood and minimizing those factors that have no impact on healing, such as white and red blood cells.

“PlateletPro PRP is an excellent treatment for more acute and inflammatory conditions such as bursitis, tennis elbow and plantar fasciitis. It is also effective in early stages of arthritis and has been shown in studies to delay the need for joint replacement.”

GFX Injection Therapy is a variation of PRP that is enhanced with additional growth factors.

“The GFX therapy combines PRP with amniotic fluid-derived growth factors,” Jason clarifies. “These growth factors help stimulate healing and repair in the joints. They also recruit other stem cells from around the body to the area that is injected. It is effective for all types of joint conditions, including early to late stages of arthritis.”

“Brand New Knee”

“The procedure at RBI was the best thing in the world,” Michael enthuses. “They took the stem cells from my abdomen, so I received a little liposuction. Then they injected the stem cells back into my body. In the end, I got a smaller waist and got my knee fixed. Not bad.”

Jason recommended that Michael take it easy for 10 days following the stem cell injection. By that time, Michael noticed a meaningful difference in his symptoms.

“After the 10 days, my knee felt almost new,” Michael raves. “I had less inflammation and less pain. I added hyperbaric oxygen therapy after the procedure because I wanted to provide a nice, healthy environment for the stem cells and PRP to do their thing. That may have aided my recovery.

“I had to give up playing golf when my knee pain got bad, but within a month of receiving the stem cell injection, I was back out on the golf course again.”

It has been nearly five years since Michael received his stem cell injection, and he’s still benefitting from RBI’s TruGenta Injection Therapy.

“I have zero pain, and there’s no swelling whatsoever in my left knee. It feels like a brand new knee,” Michael raves.

“I thank goodness for stem cell and PRP therapy. It’s given me at least 10 more years on my knee without major surgery or joint replacement.”

© FHCN article by Patti DiPanfilo. FHCN file photo. mkb


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