Bill Marlette lost his arm in an accident as a teenager, but that didn’t slow him down from enjoying life. Between football, baseball and even wrestling, Marlette stayed very active. All of this extra exertion on his remaining arm took a toll, and he soon started suffering from severe wrist pain.
Over time, he lost a lot of cartilage in his wrist, so much so that he developed cysts and holes in the bones. “There’s no cartilage,” Marlette said. “I’m bone-on-bone. It is constantly inflamed and very sore.”
Simple day-to-day routines soon became very painful, like shaking someone’s hand or tucking in his shirt. His doctors prescribed anti-inflammatory medications, but they only helped with pain management. He knew he needed to do something to not just relieve his wrist pain, but regenerate cartilage in his wrist.
After seeing a presentation about stem cell therapy, Marlette traveled from South Dakota to Munich, Germany in hopes that this progressive therapy could give him the regeneration he needed.
Stem cells are a naturally occurring group of cells found throughout the human body. They are undifferentiated cells that can differentiate into any of the more than 200 different cell types in our body. Stem cell therapy is the process of harvesting these cells and injecting them into the patient’s blood or an area of the body suffering from pain or cancer.
To alleviate Marlette’s wrist pain and regenerate some tissue is his wrist, doctor’s harvested stem cells from his adipose (fat) tissue. These stem cells are perfect for tissue regeneration.
“I had one treatment, and my wrist felt better almost within the next couple weeks,” Marlette said. “Through the course of the next seven months, it continued to feel better and better. I have more range of motion with my wrist, shaking hands didn’t hurt anymore. My wrist seems to continue to improve, and there’s less and less pain all the time.”
Since the procedure in August of 2016, Marlette has not taken any anti-inflammatory medications. He now enjoys an active and pain-free life.
If you or a loved one are considering stem cell therapy and would like to learn more, please contact the Cedar Stem Cell Institute today!
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