Orthopedic and Sports Medicine
Whether you are a professional athlete or just someone who enjoys an active lifestyle, the Institute of Regenerative Medicine can help you get back to the sport you love. With our unique approach to orthopedic and sports medicine, we combine traditional orthopedics with cutting-edge techniques in regenerative medicine, allowing us to heal most sports injuries naturally without the need of surgery or long-term physical therapy.
We accomplish this by using adult stem cells from the athlete’s blood and fat tissues. Stem cells have the unique ability to transform into other cells including cartilage and muscle cells. This allows the stem cells to naturally repair damage joints or muscles as a result of a sports injury, giving athletes the best possibility of regaining full functionality of their joints.
To increase the chances of success and reduce healing time, our medical team led by Dr. Joseph Purta, Orthopedic Surgeon and stem cell treatment expert, will process the harvested stem cells to maximize their healing potential. Afterward, they will inject the stem cells into the athlete’s injury. The procedure is fast, taking approximately 35 mins and won’t require a hospital stay.
Our Featured Patients
Bartolo Colon, Pitcher for the New York Mets
Bartolo Colon, nicknamed Big Sexy, is the oldest active player in Major League Baseball at age 43 and doesn’t show any signs of slowing down. However, back in 2010, it was unclear if Colon would be able to continue his pitching career after missing the entire season due to an ailing elbow and right rotator cuff. That is when Colon reached out to Dr. Joseph Purita of the Institute of Regenerative Medicine for his unique orthopedic and sports medicine technique.
Colon’s bone marrow was spun in a centrifuge to separate it from the blood material, and then, along with Colon’s body fat, injected into the pitcher’s elbow and shoulder to help repair ligament damage and a torn rotator cuff. After the stem cell therapy, Colon had a major combat the following year, winning 55 games. In 2016, Colon also made history when he hit his first career home run for a two-run shot to extend the Mets’ lead over the Padres, 4-0.
C. J. Nitkowski, left-handed former professional baseball pitcher.
A first-round draft choice of the Cincinnati Reds in 1994, Nitkowski debuted for the Reds in 1995 and played in the major leagues for the Reds, Mets, Detroit Tigers, Houston Astros, Texas Rangers, Atlanta Braves, New York Yankees and Washington Nationals. In 2012, Nitkowski suffered a shoulder injury during training to increase the velocity of his pitch. Instead of giving up baseball for good, he decided to follow in Bartolo Colon’s footsteps and consulted with Dr. Joseph Purtia at the Institute of Regenerative Medicine. Dr. Purita used a combination of stem cell treatment and PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) injections to heal Nitkowski’s shoulder and save his pitching career.
Mitch Gould, CEO of Nutritional Products International and InHealth Media.
Though Mitch Gould is known for his competitiveness in the business world, he is also an avid tennis player. During a friendly hitting session with tennis legend Jimmy Connors, winner of 109 singles titles; Gould injured his meniscus. Concern that his sports injury would prevent him from playing tennis again, Gould talked to Dr. Purita about orthopedic and sports medicine to determine if stem cell therapy was a good fit.
“After a series of shots, a lot of yelling and six weeks of healing I truly feel like a new man,” said Gould. “The procedure is incredible. I never thought I would feel this good. Another month of physical therapy and it’s time to hit the courts again.”