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A Breakthrough in the Treatment of Sport's Injuries

Perth Researcher's have made a breakthrough in the treatment of sport's injuries. A trial using cultivated tendon cells to treat conditions like tennis elbow is bringing promising results.

Channel 9NEWS: Tracey Voe Reports on an Injury Breakthrough using Autologous Tenocyte Therapy / Implantation
September 26 /27 2013


[The following is a transcript of the broadcast segment produced by Channel 9News.]

Perth researchers have made a breakthrough in the treatment of sports injuries. A trial using cultivated tendon cells to treat conditions like tennis elbow is bringing promising results.

For more than a year simple daily tasks were difficult for Amanda Redwood.

“It’s quite a sharp pain in my elbow, really every time I moved it. Cooking was hard. Riding a bike. Playing games with my children.”

The 45 year old mother had exhausted all avenues to treat tennis elbow in her right arm. For the last decade researches at UWA have worked on cultivating healthy tendon cells from human tissue. Tiny cells are taken from the knee and over six weeks rapidly multiply. They are then injected back into the affected area.

Paul Anderson (Orthocell):  We’ve treated seven different anatomical sites from Achilles tendinopathy. Very common is also gluteal tendinopathy of the hip, tennis elbow, golfers elbow.

Thousands of cells are taken from healthy tendon tissue cultivated into the millions. Each vile carries five million cells. After an injection patients are seeing signs of improvement within weeks.

Prof Ming Hao Zheng: “This is considered to be one of the first trial in the world”.

More than 200 patients have been treated including dozens of AFL players. While a bigger trial is being conducted involving overseas patients the treatment is available in Australia by referral through a specialist.


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