15 Jun

Stem Cell Lift for Joint Pain, As told by Dr. Newman
posted by Misty Watters

An interview with Dr. Newman about the Stem Cell Lift for Joints & Joint Pain

Interviewer: …cosmetic surgeon and board certified dermatologist in Beverly Hills. He is also a pioneer in the field of stem cell research and treatment, both for cosmetic and now for medical uses as well. Dr. Newman, welcome.

Dr. Newman: Hi. Thank you for having me.

Interviewer: I am so excited to talk to you about this. We all have friends or some of us its ourselves, who as we age or if we engage in sports have joint problems, injuries and pain. I understand that your stem cell work and research has now led you to help people with joint problems. Tell me about that.

Dr. Newman: Well, the stem cells are cells in your body that are meant for regenerating and repairing tissues. This is what keeps us from just breaking down. The stem cells found in your own fat are the most concentrated amounts of stem cells; it’s the most number of stem cells in the fat of any tissue in the body. We can easily get those stem cells and separate them out from the fat and inject into muscles and joints that have been injured or that have had wear and tear.

Interviewer: Let me ask you a question. The specific thing that makes stem cells so unique, correct me if I’m wrong, but isn’t it that a stem cell can basically become whatever type of cell its nearest? Is that in a nutshell what a stem cell does?

Dr. Newman: Not necessarily. The stem cells are cells that can replicate themselves so they’re basically not matured enough. They’re not defined as a fat cell or a liver cell or a skin cell. They’re sort of what we call precursor cells. Their job is to differentiate, to become other cells based on the need. Usually it’s based on whatever is next to them. Yes, you’re right in that, but the stem cell has the capacity of continuing to divide and maintaining itself or to divide and become a different kind of cell.

Interviewer: So it’s a young cell that has not been differentiated yet in terms of fat or muscle or bone, correct?

Dr. Newman: Yes.

Interviewer: And then it will develop based on the need, correct?

Dr. Newman: Correct.

Interviewer: Okay so now so far stem cells have been used; you have used stem cells very successfully in the stem cell lift, which is for rejuvenating the face and helping women to look younger without undergoing surgery. Now how does stem cell application work in healing joints or reducing pain?

Dr. Newman: The stem cell lift process that we do, we separate the stem cells from the fat and we use those stem cells. We inject them into a joint that has been damaged and those cells have sort of like a radar. They seek out the damaged area, attach to the damaged area, and they start to heal it and repair it.

Interviewer: So for example let’s say I’m a runner and I come in and I have occasional knee pain or severe knee pain. I come in to see you. How would you know if I’m a candidate for stem cell treatment?

Dr. Newman: I work with a specialist, a sports medicine doctor. We will evaluate the patient and make sure that the damage is just localized and we can fix it. If there’s other things that we need to do we will also address those issues so we treat the whole person and not just the joint. We treat the entire area. If we need to inject the area to fix it we usually get an MRI beforehand to see what the damage is and we evaluate the patient. We look at the MRI and we decide if this is the right treatment for them or not.

Interviewer: So if somebody has worn cartilage in their knee is the stem cell treatment something that can address that type of issue?

Dr. Newman: Yes. It can treat cartilage, it can treat bone, it can treat muscle, and it can treat tendons. There’s a lot of things. In fact let me give you a perfect example of a patient that came to me a couple of years ago. It was a young 39 year old man who was a runner and was very active and played basketball. He had pain in his foot and went to his doctor. He got an x-ray and they found that he had a cyst in his bone at the ankle. That cyst was thinning out the thickness of the bone and they were afraid that the bone didn’t have enough strength in that area and that he could actually fracture and break the bone and actually cause further damage. They proposed to this young person who is very active that the solution is to fuse the ankle. Fusing the ankle means that you can’t bend it so therefore he would be limping and he won’t be able to do sports. He would basically lose the use of that ankle. He came to me and I said to him we can try the stem cells and if it doesn’t work you can always fuse it, but if it works then you just saved your ankle. He came in and we took a little bit of fat. We took the stem cells. We drilled into the bone and we put the stem cells inside and we gave it a few weeks to heal. A few months later when we did another MRI and we took an x-ray the bone had actually healed, the cyst was gone, and this year he did a 10 kilometer marathon and he came in 10th.

Interviewer: That is amazing!

Dr. Newman: So that’s the power of the stem cells and its just one example that gives me a lot of gratitude to people who put their trust in me to allow me to use the stem cells to sort of help them repair their bodies and give them a chance to have a more fulfilling life.

Interviewer: I think in the old days they used to call that a miracle.

Dr. Newman: Well, that’s the stem cell cure. They’re able to repair us. Without the stem cells we really would not be able to live for any length of time.

Interviewer: Yah, I’m in awe of the work that you do and the constant research that you do with stem cells. You and I have known each other for years and I have seen so many of your patients with medical conditions come away from stem cell treatment with changed lives and I’m not just talking about bones and I’m not just talking about joints or rejuvenation. There’s so many treatments that you have discovered where stem cells can be used and really heal the body. Now if you can give me an overview. Give me a range of joint type issues that people might be able to use the stem cell treatment to help, but we’re talking about shoulders next. So many people have back and neck problems. Have you seen cases where joint problems anywhere in the skeletal system could be alleviated by stem cell use?

Dr. Newman: Absolutely. Most common joints to be affected are the knees, the shoulders, the rotator cuffs, the ankles, and hands and feet are the most common joints that bother people in terms of arthritis, in terms of wear and tear, in terms of injury. Those are the ones that we have the most experience with and the most success with. The spine issues are more varied and they can be from many different sources. To date I personally haven’t had any orthopedic surgeon or spinal surgeon willing to come and work with me to do those, but working with the other specialists in sports medicine and podiatrists we’re able to do many of these joints like the knees and the ankles and the shoulders with great success.

Interviewer: I never cease to be amazed at the limits, the new limits that you constantly set for stem cell use and for helping your patients. How can someone get in touch with you, Dr. Newman, for an evaluation?

Dr. Newman: The best way to get in touch with us is either to call us, our office number is 310-273-3344 or to email us at info@nathannewmanmd.com.

Interviewer: So just to recap. People who are suffering with pain, joint pain, whether it’s related to bone, cartilage, tendons, and what else? Somebody might say I don’t have a cartilage problem; my problem is tendons. What all types of joint issues, just to recap and make sure that everybody who might be a candidate for this treatment will know.

Dr. Newman: People with arthritis, people with injuries, people with a tear in their cartilages, people with bone on bone degeneration, people with muscle tears, people with tendon inflammation or tears. If it’s not torn off the bone we can do it with the stem cells.

Interviewer: Wow. That’s mind-boggling, mind-boggling and as I said it falls under the category of miracle as far as I’m concerned. Dr. Newman, thank you so much for talking with us and we’ll get this information up on the blog so that our readers and our listeners can hopefully visit with you and get some relief from their joint pain.

Dr. Newman: Thank you so much for having me.

Interviewer: Thank you, Dr. Newman. Goodbye.

Dr. Newman: Bye-bye.