The Gittens Clinic - February 2020





Top Athletes Who Used Stem Cells

An athlete’s body is their main asset because it’s the primary tool in their trade. But when an athlete gets hurt, their primary tool doesn’t work anymore, and they may not be able to use it to play for weeks, months, or even years. However, some athletes, including famous ones listed below, utilized stem cell therapy for treatment and returned to their respective sports better than ever. BARTOLO COLÓN Once one of baseball’s most prolific starting pitchers, Colón struggled to perform after suffering from a torn rotator cuff during a playoff game in 2005. He spent most of the 2006 season on the disabled list due to soreness and inflammation in his right shoulder. In the latter half of 2009, he was injured again and spent the 2010 season off the field due to elbow pain and damage to the rotator cuff, ligaments, and tendons. After receiving fat and bone marrow stem cell injections into his elbow and shoulder, Colón was back. His fastball speed averaged at 93 mph, and he signed with the New York Yankees in 2011. He went on to play in two MLB All-Star Games in 2013 and 2016. PEYTON MANNING Manning is one of the most well-known football players in the world today, and he’s the poster child for stem cell success. He led the Indianapolis Colts to win the 2007 Super Bowl. Following that year, he received the NFL’s Most Valuable Player award in 2008 and 2009. However, after missing most of the 2011 season due to a neck injury, he was released from the Colts. After being let go from a team he spent years with, Manning traveled to Germany to receive stem cell treatment. When he signed with the Denver Broncos, it seemed like he didn’t miss a step as he went on to win the 2016 Super Bowl with them. CRISTIANO RONALDO Ronaldo is well known as one of the best soccer players in the modern era. He’s won four European Golden Shoes, five Ballons d’Or, and one Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) European Championship. But at the age of 31, he suffered a knee injury during a match in 2016. After receiving stem cell treatment, he returned to form immediately. In 2018, he became the highest

European international goal scorer of all time. He also won his third Champions League title in 2018.

MAX SCHERZER Scherzer played a pivotal role in the Detroit Tigers’ four

consecutive American League Central titles from 2011–14. Scherzer experienced two severe

back injuries in July 2019. After receiving stem cell injections, he quickly recovered and started playing for the Washington Nationals in the first game of the 2019 World Series. This played a crucial role in the Washington Nationals winning the Series. Stem cell treatment is a hot topic among athletes, but more are seeing the benefits it provides. Many players are finding this form of treatment as a preferred form of therapy in comparison to invasive and expensive surgeries. If you want to learn more about what

stem cells can do for you, please reach out anytime. You can call us at 1-833-448-8367 to schedule an appointment or visit our Stuart, Miami, or Palm Beach Gardens offices.

-Dr. Carl Gittens


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