The jury's out on stem cell treatments for arthritic pain

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The jury's out on stem cell treatments for arthritic pain

March 3, 2018

Dr. Chuck Murry tells The Everett Herald that using stem cells for knee pain is "completely experimental."

Dr. Chuck Murry, director of the UW Institute for Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine, is among those who worry about some of the promises being made by stem cell clinics.

“Many of these places are pushing it very aggressively and promising more than they can deliver,” he said.

Murry said he gets calls almost every week from people who want a stem cell procedure, asking his opinion of it.

While doctors at Stanford, Emory and Harvard universities are using stem cells to treat some patients with knee problems, Murry calls it “completely experimental.”

He said he’s concerned that there hasn’t been enough careful testing of how well the procedure works — and for how long.

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