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Kelowna health clinic to conduct osteoarthritis research using stem cells

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A Kelowna health clinic has received the green light from Health Canada to conduct a stem cell research project for osteoarthritis which is the first of its kind in the country.

Conducted by Pagdin Health, the options for treatment for this chronic joint condition are currently limited to pain medications, cortisone injections, or major joint replacement surgeries, so this project could potentially revolutionize our approach in dealing with it, according to a Pagdin Health news release.

The clinic is looking for participants. Those who wish to participate must be Canadians between the age of 19-79 with osteoarthritis as well as meet other criteria. The source of the adult stem cells will either be from fat or bone marrow. This will be combined with platelet rich plasma derived from the participant’s blood, according to the news release.

“This is a potential game changer in the management of osteoarthritis,” says Dr. Grant Pagdin, in the news release.  “Evidence is building that regenerative procedures using the combination of biologic materials we are investigating here have the potential to reduce joint pain and improve function.  Wouldn’t it be wonderful if those suffering with osteoarthritis could move again with less pain and better mobility?”

Pagdin is a Fellow of the College of Family Physicians of Canada and a clinical instructor at UBCO.  He is board certified with the American Academy of Anti Aging and Regenerative Medicine and a fellow of the Interventional Orthobiologic Foundation and has a substantial background in clinical research, according to the news release.

This project will be funded by Dr. G. Pagdin Inc. and by the participants. 

More information can be found online or by calling the clinic at 250-717-3200. The cost to participate is $5,900.


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