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Orthopedic uses of stem cell therapy

Greco, Whitney B. MMSc, PA-C; McLaughlin, Nancy DHSc, PA-C

Journal of the American Academy of PAs: April 2015 - Volume 28 - Issue 4 - p 58–62
doi: 10.1097/01.JAA.0000458868.86182.89
Special Topics in Orthopedics

The treatment of musculoskeletal disorders is gaining importance as the population ages. In addition to the complications brought on by prolonged life expectancy, the growing epidemic of obesity is contributing to joint degradation. Cell-based tissue engineering has the potential to advance the current treatment for musculoskeletal disorders. This article reviews the various forms of arthritis and describes stem cell therapy as a promising treatment option.

Whitney B. Greco practices at Peachtree Orthopaedic Clinic in Atlanta, Ga. Nancy McLaughlin is assistant program director of the PA program at the Philadelphia (Pa.) College of Osteopathic Medicine. The authors have disclosed no potential conflicts of interest, financial or otherwise.

Roy A. Borchardt, PA-C, PhD, department editor

Copyright © 2015 American Academy of Physician Assistants
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