Stem Cell is the Best Option for Osteoarthritis of the Knee

Stem Cell is the Best Option for Osteoarthritis of the Knee

By Dr. Warren Bleiweiss,  June 25, 2019

For people who are suffering from painful arthritis of the knee, an autologous bone marrow stem cell procedure is the only treatment that addresses the cause of the problem and has the potential to reverse some of the damage instead of just masking the pain.

This is why I consider a stem cell treatment to be the best option for treatment of osteoarthritis of the knee.  The treatment is:  safe, effective, does not change the anatomy of the joint, can be repeated with no adverse effects, does not require surgery or anesthesia, and there is minimal downtime after the procedure.  If you contrast this with other treatments, such as medication, lubricating agents, and surgery, there is no comparison.

Medications and lubricating agents just mask the pain and do not address the cause of the pain. Medications also have significant side effects.  Surgery can create more trauma and forever changes the normal anatomy of the joint. There is also significant downtime after surgery.

We offer this modern, safe and effective treatment to our patients with osteoarthritis of the knee and osteoarthritis of other joints, such as the hip joint.

Stem Cell Treatments for Osteoarthritis of the Knee

Below you will find an easy to read transcript of Dr. Warren Bleiweiss’ podcast interview. You can listen to the podcast or simply read the easy to follow transcript below. Enjoy!

Podcast Interview:

RC: Hello everyone, this is Liz Harvey coming to you from our studios in New York City where we are dedicated to bringing you top quality advice from many of the leading expert professionals across the U.S.

In today’s episode, we are speaking with Dr. Warren J. Bleiweiss about the exciting field of regenerative medicine. He is a graduate of New York University School of Medicine, and is board-certified in both Anesthesiology and Pain Management. His long list of accomplishments includes leadership experience as a hospital anesthesiology department director, the inventor of a patented medical device, and the founder of one of the first multi-disciplinary pain management centers in New Jersey. He is a strong believer of the body’s innate ability to heal itself. He believes his job as a physician is to find a way to activate that healing mechanism by using non-surgical treatment protocols without utilizing drugs.

Dr. Bleiweiss has been practicing regenerative medicine protocols such as ozone, stem cell, and PRP. He pioneered the oxygen ozone disc injection therapy to treat herniated discs in the United States and North America, which is a powerful regenerative treatment. This medical ozone injection procedure has enabled the vast majority of his patients to recover from herniated disc conditions without surgery or medication.

Dr. Bleiweiss is a member of the American Academy of Stem Cell Physicians. He has been successfully treating patients for over 30 years. Dr. Bleiweiss specializes in minimally invasive alternative treatments that heal patients with surgery or potentially harmful medications. His treatment protocols are specifically designed to activate the body’s innate ability to recover and regenerate. His practice has been producing excellent results by utilizing these alternative methods.

We previously discussed oxygen ozone treatments with Dr. Bleiweiss, and today we are focusing on another aspect of regenerative medicine, stem cell treatments for osteoarthritis of the knee.

Hello, Dr. Bleiweiss. How are you today?

Dr. Warren Bleiweiss: I’m good, thank you.

RC: Well, thanks so much for joining me.

So, people listening to this podcast are most likely searching for help with osteoarthritis. They may not know much about stem cell treatments, so can you start us off with a brief summary of what a stem cell treatment is and why it is considered a regenerative medicine treatment?

Dr. Warren Bleiweiss: Yes, I’d love to. Up until very recently, we did not have the technology to do these types of stem cell treatments. Now we do and it’s very fortunate because it’s a real game changer in modern medicine. Stem cells are the most important cells in the body. Without stem cells, we couldn’t survive. When necessary, they’re capable of repairing and transforming into any other cell in the body.

Just to give an example of what stem cells are capable of and how they could transform the innate intrinsic intelligence of the cell in general and of the body in general, I want you to think about what happens after an egg is fertilized. And how that one single cell, it’s just one cell at that point, changes into, eventually becoming an entire human body with nerve cells and blood vessels and every organ that we have and hair and skin, et cetera, et cetera. That all happens through the innate intelligence of these cells and the ability of these stem cells, which they are when we’re first conceived, to be able to change into any other cell in the body.

The good thing is that we have throughout life a supply of these stem cells in areas like the bone marrow and around blood vessels, and they retain the ability to change into other cells and to help repair and nourish damaged cells. The bad news is that as we age the amount of cells will dwindle. Let’s say comparing to when we’re first born to when we’re 30 years old, we have about 50% of the stem cells supply that we had when we were born left, and when we’re 60 years old, that goes down to about 5%. I remember when I was a child, if I had an injury, I cut myself, I scrape myself or twisted my knee, it would heal very quickly. Now that I’m older, it takes a lot longer to heal, and after studying this topic for many years, I know that in large part that’s due to the fact that I have less stem cells at my age.

Now, the good news is that the stem cell treatments that we have are able to take the body’s stem cells and concentrate them in an area where we actually need the extra help, for example, osteoarthritis of the knee. The cartilage has become degenerative over time either from repeated use or injuries or other medical conditions, and we could take the stem cells that we have and inject them into the knee joint and help that knee joint repair. There are many types of stem cell treatments I use. What we call autologous bone marrow-derived stem cells, those are stem cells from our own body that are taken from the bone marrow and injected into the structure that needs to be repaired.

For someone with osteoarthritis of the knee, what is involved in the stem cell treatment process?

Dr. Warren Bleiweiss: It’s a same-day outpatient procedure. It’s done under local anesthesia. A small amount of stem cells are harvested under precise guidance from a site that we know has a very high concentration of stem cells. We use the bone marrow, which is harvested from the sacroiliac area. It’s done under local anesthesia, as I said, and then they’re injected into a very specific location in the knee joint. After the procedure, the patient goes home and they can work the next day unless they have a job that requires strenuous physical activity. But I would like to point out that this is not a cookie-cutter procedure. What I just gave you is a very generalized description of the process, but this procedure is very specialized and personalized towards a particular individual’s need and their unique condition and their unique requirements.

The first step in the treatment that I feel is one of the most important steps is the initial consultation at which time I perform a very detailed history and examination, and I go over all of the options with the patient and decide which treatment is the best treatment for that patient. And then there’s the procedure, which I described and then there’s the follow-up treatment, which is an ongoing treatment follow-up, and it’s just as important as the procedure and just as important as the initial consultation because the stem cells, like any other living tissue, need to be nurtured. I mean, they’re being taken from one environment where they thrive and being put in another environment.

So, you could think of it like a tree that’s being transplanted. You order a new tree for your property like an evergreen tree, and the gardener brings it over and plants it. Well, that’s not the end of the story. I mean, you have to water it. You have to fertilize it. Otherwise, it’s not going to thrive and it may not survive. So, the follow-up visits are extremely important, and at that time, I personally will evaluate the situation and determine if any additional agents that help nourish the stem cells have to be administered.

Can stem cell regenerative medicine treatments help other types of joint problems such as a torn ligament or cartilage?

Dr. Warren Bleiweiss: Yes, definitely. Bone marrow-derived stem cell treatments have a great potential to help heal torn cartilages, such as menisci, and ligaments such as an ACL tear. The process is basically the same as what I described. However, the specific structures that are targeted are different, but I again want to stress that these treatments are tailored to each individual. They’re not cookie-cutter procedures that are done the same on everybody, so that’s why I personally perform a detailed initial evaluation and design a very specific treatment protocol that includes specific procedures and follow-up care.

RC: Well, thank you, Dr. Bleiweiss. We know you’re busy, so I want to thank you for your time and your help today.

Dr. Warren Bleiweiss: Oh, you’re welcome.

RC: And for our listeners across the country, if you are interested in speaking with the doctor, please visit www.AlternativeDiscTherapy.com or call 973-403-3334 to schedule an appointment.

On behalf of our team, we want to thank you for listening, and we look forward to bringing you more top-quality content from our country’s leading experts.

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https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/alternative-methods-to-pain-management-through-oxygen/id1367256045

Regenerative Medicine Treatments for Common Conditions

Regenerative Medicine Treatments for Common Conditions

Regenerative medicine works by harnessing our body’s innate ability to repair damaged tissue and to restore structure and function to damaged areas of the body.  A good example of this is the ability to treat an arthritic joint without surgery or harmful steroid injections.  These regenerative treatments are truly a game changer as compared with the standard tools and treatments of modern medicine.  For example, drug interventions such as ibuprofen, steroid injections or lubricating injections for joint pain are not healing the cartilage of the joint.  At best, they help manage the painful conditions or block the pain temporarily. These interventions do not address the root causes of the pain and have significant side effects.  This also applies to many other types of degenerative conditions such as spinal disc degeneration, hair loss or neuronal degeneration which can lead to memory problems.  Regenerative medicine on the other hand operates on a completely different principle. The goal of regenerative medicine is to help the body heal and thus enable the body to return as close as possible to its normal function and structure.

Let’s use the example of treating an injured or arthritic joint, such as the knee or hip joint.  A routine regenerative medicine treatment would be an autologous bone marrow stem cell  joint injection procedure.  Stem cells have innate intelligence and the unique capacity to help in multiple ways.  For example, they will recognize the damage to the joint and initiate the healing process. You might wonder how could stem cells recognize damage to a joint or organ?   It is actually an extremely fascinating and well researched phenomenon.  There is an innate intelligence in all aspects of our body and in any living organism, including single cells, to assess the local environment.   A single cell can sense chemical distress molecules that a damaged cartilage cell releases when it’s dying or injured.  Stem cells not only can sense those molecules and will be attracted to the damaged area, they can send out their own molecules to signal other stem cells from the reservoir of stem cells that everybody has in the body, to migrate into the damaged joint and help in the healing process. Stem cells can also excrete molecules that the weakened cell needs to nurse it back to health.  Stem cells can even donate mitochondria to damaged cells. Mitochondria are the powerhouse of the cells and are essential for cell life.  These are very powerful healing properties that stem regenerative medicine treatments have that can help to heal and restore structure and function.

We discussed joints, now let’s talk about hair.   As we age, many of us start losing hair follicles.  They become less effective in producing hair, they produce thinner hair and eventually die.  Some of us are lucky enough not to have thinning hair, but it’s a very common issue that most people face.   Regenerative medicine is a powerful treatment that can potentially increase the amount of hair per follicle and the thickness of the hair.  If the hair follicle is completely dead, such as when the scalp is bald and there are absolutely no hair follicles, it’s not going to replace those hair follicles with new hair follicles.  But, in the initial stages of thinning hair when the hair follicles produce less hair and thinner pieces of hair, the regenerative treatment has the significant potential to reverse the thinning process.

Another great treatment with regenerative medicine is to help improve brain function in patients with various dementia conditions such as Alzheimer’s.  Regenerative medicine helps to restore various neuronal interconnections and helps nourish nerve cells back to health. It is not a cure for the condition and is not going to turn someone with dementia whose brain is severely compromised back into how they were when they were young, however, it’s a very promising and exciting treatment with significant clinical practice evidence of slowing down and often improving memory loss.  It has also been used by many physicians to help improve some of the deficits that are present after a stroke.

To reiterate, our bodies have an innate ability to repair damaged tissue and heal at any age. Regenerative medicine activates this powerful healing ability of our body.

Dr. Warren Bleiweiss’ New Podcast Interview by RazorCast: Simple and Effective Relief for spinal disc pain conditions

Below you will find an easy to read transcript of Dr. Warren Bleiweiss’ podcast interview. You can listen to the podcast or simply read the easy to follow transcript below. Enjoy!

Click to listen or read the transcript below.

Podcast Interview Transcript:

RC: Hello, everyone. This is Liz Harvey, coming to you from our studios in New York City, where we are dedicated to bringing you top quality advice from many of the leading expert professionals across the U.S.

In today’s episode, we are speaking with Dr. Warren J. Bleiweiss, a leader in the United States in the emerging medical field of oxygen ozone injection therapy, for the treatment of herniated discs, joint and muscle pain, and injuries. Dr. Bleiweiss pioneered oxygen ozone disc injection therapy in the U.S. He is a graduate of New York University School of Medicine and is board certified in both Anesthesiology and Pain Management. His long list of accomplishments includes leadership experience as a hospital anesthesiology department director, the inventor of a patented medical device, and the founder of one of the first multi-disciplinary pain management centers in New Jersey. He has been successfully treating patients for over 30 years.

Dr. Bleiweiss specializes in minimally invasive alternative treatments that heal patients without surgery or potentially harmful medications. His treatment protocols are specifically designed to activate the body’s innate ability to recover and regenerate. His practice has been producing excellent results by utilizing these alternative methods.

We have previously discussed how there are many ways that ozone injection therapy is unlike other alternative treatment modalities. Today we are discussing how ozone injection therapy is the only alternative treatment that does not entail regularly repeated treatments. Due to ozone injection therapy’s unique effectiveness, the majority of patients do not require repeated treatments.

Hi, Dr. Bleiweiss. How are you today?

Dr. Warren Bleiweiss: I’m great, thank you.

RC: Thanks again for joining me.

How does oxygen-ozone injection therapy actually work to relieve pain in a spinal disc or joint?

Dr. Warren Bleiweiss: We’ve discussed this question in depth in the past, but I would like to go over some of the important aspects of oxygen-ozone injection therapy. The bottom line is it improves the environment for the existing cells in whatever structure you’re injecting. It does that on multiple levels. For example, it increases blood flow and oxygen delivery to tissues. It decreases inflammation. It increases the ability of cells to cope with oxidative stress. Now, I don’t want to go into this too deeply because I’ve covered this in the past, so I encourage anybody that’s interested to listen to previous interviews. But that’s an extremely, extremely important aspect, and it helps prevent further injuries by increasing the body’s ability to cope with oxidative stress.

It also kills almost all pathogens. There’s a theory that low grade infections can contribute to disc and joint degenerations in certain circumstances. An extreme example of this is Lyme disease. We all know that Lyme disease can destroy joints over time, and ozone kills pathogens, and it kills the Lyme organism also.

Also, in addition to that, for discs, it shrinks the disc just enough to get the pressure off of the nerve. Patients have asked me does it shrink it a lot? Does it cause other problems? No, it doesn’t. It shrinks it just enough to get the pressure off the nerve. Unlike surgery, where you’re taking a piece of the disc out and the disc height is reduced significantly, ozone does not reduce the disc height.

It also stimulates the proliferation of fibroblasts, which are the cells that make up fibrous tissue, and proliferation is the fancy word for, it means increasing the number rather than increasing the size or the strength. So that’s important, for example, muscles or certain ligaments or tissues that are injured, and also the annulus of the intervertebral disc, which is the spinal disc, which is always disrupted when there’s a herniation.

So unlike surgery, it doesn’t change the anatomy. It can be repeated with additive beneficial effects. There are no adverse effects, not like surgery or steroid, where if you repeat it, there are potential adverse effects. It has no adverse effects by repeating it. And it helps prevent future injury by helping the body cope with oxidative stress.

What are some painful conditions that oxygen-ozone injection therapy helps to alleviate?

Dr. Warren Bleiweiss: It helps alleviate pain from disc herniations of the neck and thoracic region, which is the mid-back and the low back. It helps any type of joint painful condition, whether it’s the shoulders, wrists, elbows, hips, knees, or ankles, and also painful muscle conditions.

For a new patient, what can they expect during their first treatment session?

Dr. Warren Bleiweiss: A disc injection procedure is an outpatient procedure. It’s performed at a surgery center. It’s a same-day procedure. Strict sterile conditions are used. I use fluoroscopic guidance to ensure that I’m in the right spot. Sedation is usually given, a mild sedation, but there are patients who don’t want sedation, so I just do it under local, and I’ve been told by these patients that it’s not particularly uncomfortable.

After a brief recovery period, the patient goes home. They can go to work the next day and resume most of their activities except exercise. One week after the procedure, they could do light exercises, and after two weeks, most patients could go back to all their normal exercises.

For muscle and joint injections, it’s a simple office procedure. There’s no sedation, there’s no x-ray, there’s no steroids. Patients can drive home afterwards. They can go to work afterwards. They can resume their normal activities afterwards. The only thing is I don’t recommend exercising until two days after the procedure.

Many treatment modalities require patients to come for repeated treatments on a schedule. I understand from our previous conversations that ozone injection therapy often generates remarkable results in one treatment, even in patients who suffered severe long-term pain conditions. Can you explain how ozone injection therapy is able to achieve this type of result, which your patients often call a miracle treatment?

Dr. Warren Bleiweiss: Yes, I’d love to. In addition to treating the cause of the symptom, which is the goal of all treatments, it also reverses the pathology. It promotes healing. It restores the normal state of the tissue. It helps the cells maintain homeostasis, which is very, very important for all living organisms to have homeostasis with their environment. And it helps prevent further injury by helping the body to cope with oxidative stress, which I have extensively discussed in other interviews. It’s a very, very important topic, so if anyone’s interested in it, I’d encourage them to listen to those other interviews, which are on my website.

RC: Thank you so much, Dr. Bleiweiss. We know you’re busy, so I just want to thank you for your time and your help today.

Dr. Warren Bleiweiss: You’re welcome.

RC: For our listeners across the country, if you are interested in speaking with the doctor, please visit www.alternativedisctherapy.com, or call 973-403-3334 to schedule an appointment.

On behalf of our team, we want to thank you for listening, and we look forward to bringing you more top-quality content from our country’s leading experts.

ITunes Channel:
https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/alternative-methods-to-pain-management-through-oxygen/id1367256045

Pain Relief After Just One Oxygen Ozone Injection Treatment

Pain Relief After Just One Oxygen Ozone Injection Treatment

There have been numerous examples of how a single treatment with oxygen ozone injection therapy dramatically reduced my patients’ pain and significantly improved their quality of life, even those who were suffering from debilitating pain.  My patients often use the word “miracle” to describe their recovery.  It’s no surprise that medical oxygen ozone can accomplish this.  Oxygen-ozone promotes healing and helps to reverse the pathology.

Spine surgery can remove a herniated portion of a disc, but then the disc is permanently disrupted. Medications reduce the stimuli from painful pathology, but the medication is not curing the problem. It is just reducing the stimuli. And though certain deep tissue massage can help improve muscle pathology, various superficial massage techniques may make you feel better, but they’re just reducing the painful stimuli.

Ozone also helps restore the normal state of the tissue in our body and helps to restore homeostasis. Without homeostasis, an organism cannot survive. An organism has to be able to have a level of homeostasis. For example, if we weren’t able to control the sodium concentration in our blood, we would rapidly die. Oxygen-ozone helps the cells restore homeostasis when the scales are tipped in a certain direction that is not beneficial to the cells. Oxygen-ozone also helps prevent future injury, by helping the body cope with oxidative stress. That’s an extremely important point, which I’ve discussed extensively in other interviews, which I encourage people to listen to. It is a very fascinating topic. The ability to cope with oxidative stress is a very, very beneficial effect of ozone.

Determining if Oxygen Ozone Injection Therapy is Right for You

Determining if Oxygen Ozone Injection Therapy is Right for You

In order to determine if a patient will benefit from oxygen ozone injection therapy, I look at a number of factors. The history is extremely important. That is one of the most important aspects of determining if a patient will benefit. It is important to ask specific questions about the patient’s pain, and when it started, as well as other pertinent questions. During the history, I also observe the patient. I observe how they walk, sit and how they move which are also very important.

Doing a guided physical exam is extremely valuable with palpation techniques. For example, I look for involuntary muscle spasms when I am doing certain maneuvers. It is an additional indication of problems, rather than just relying on the patient saying, “Oh that’s painful,” or not. Sometimes the patient is not aware of these minute pain triggers.

Then, of course, I look at the diagnostic testing reports. I don’t look at the diagnostic tests first. I only look at the diagnostic testing reports after I do my history and physical examination, and formulate an opinion on what is most likely causing the patient’s pain. Then, I look at the diagnostic test report(s), because in a significant number of cases, the issue that is noted on the testing is not necessarily the cause of the patient’s pain.

I have talked about this before in previous podcasts or blogs, but I’ll just briefly mention it again. Studies have been done to demonstrate this, that if you take 1,000 people who are asymptomatic, they have no back pain or pain in general.  They are doing well and they are functioning great; you do an MRIs on each of them, you are going to find herniated discs on 200 or more of those patients. Those herniated discs are not causing pain at all. You can’t just jump to the conclusion that their pain is always caused by herniated discs.

I determine what pathology is causing their symptoms and I treat that pathology appropriately.  This approach enables me to remove the cause of the pain.   I have patient coming with their multiple tests and multiple doctors’ conclusion that they need back surgery but I determined it’s not a disk issue causing the pain but the hip issue. I remove the hip cause, the pain is also removed.