Cell-based Therapies in Sports Medicine

Wide range of options can be used to treat soft-tissue injuries

Frank B. Kelly, MD, and Mary Ann Porucznik

"Cell-based approaches for soft-tissue regeneration have been around since the 1980s, when autologous chondrocytes were first used to treat cartilage defects,” said Scott A. Rodeo, MD, co-chief, sports medicine and shoulder service, at the Hospital for Special Surgery and professor of orthopaedic surgery at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City.

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