In early October, soon after Boston’s season ended Kemba Walker was treated with a stem cell injection in his left knee.
Dr. Janet Pearl, Medical Director of The Boston Stem Cell Center, said the treatments are an effective way to reduce pain and inflammation and restore normal function in a joint that has degenerated, such as the knee. “Physicians who do these injections are basically facilitating the body’s actual own healing properties,” Pearl said.
Pearl said studies have shown that stem cell therapy can be as effective as a total knee replacement for treatment of arthritis. She said that in general her patients typically see improvement about two months after undergoing the procedure, and that most of the relief has been achieved within 3-4 months, with gradual improvements continuing over the course of one year.