Dr. Chris Renna discusses a new non-surgical procedure that can be used to treat osteoarthritis.
Dr. Renna: This treatment involves harvesting a protein from a specific type of immune system cell that’s present in everyone’s body. It’s the first fulfillment of the promise of the early 1990s that we were going to be able to study the human body and mind from it, the things that we needed to heal because what everyone in medicine knows is that the body is the best doctor.
The body heals itself, and we’ve done a great deal of work to figure out how the body heals itself and Dr. Wehling discovered how to get these proteins out of each of our immune system cells and just simply reintroduced them or introduced them into the joint in a high concentration. That’s called an autologous treatment.
Autologous is ‘from you, for you,’ and a ‘from you, for you’ treatment can’t have side effects. It’s part of you. How much trouble can you get into by pouring water into water, and how many times can you pour water into water? As many times as you like, and the only thing you are going to get is more water from that.
So in this case you get more healing by pouring these healing proteins into your afflicted joint. No adverse effects. The most commonly reported side effect is joy – joy from the relief of that pain, joy from the ability to move again.
The term of response, in other words, the vast majority of people are responders. They have the injections; the pain is gone, the joint mobility and function is restored and the muscles are turned on again by the nervous system giving that person the opportunity to strengthen the joint and to rebuild strength and balance.
I am proud to say that I was the first physician who earned Dr. Wehling’s trust and I am sure through my enthusiasm and support for this treatment because I think it should be available to everybody. I convinced him that I would do it exactly as it’s done under his direction and that I would do everything in my power to have the same results.
And I have been doing the treatment in my clinic LifeSpan Medicine in Los Angeles now for about a year and a half and treated over one hundred people, and I have the same results that I used to see when I would send people to Germany.