Sep 19, 2011

Stem Cells Help Improve Jackson’s Osteochondrosis

Posted by Bob under from the owner, Stem Cell Therapy

The letter below came to us from a happy dog owner whose dog, Jackson, was diagnosed with Osteochondrosis in his elbows at the young age of 1. Limping and in pain, Jackson had bilateral arthroscopies (surgical procedure to look at the joint through a scope) and Stem Cell Therapy in the summer of 2010. We are glad to report, one year later, that Jackson is up and running, playing like a “normal dog” once again.  The diagnosis of osteochondrosis or OCD means that part of the cartilage is not normal.  This can lead to breakdown in the covering over the surface of the bone and progression to arthritis.  Jackson already had this type of breakdown and pain from the arthritis and the early treatment probably played a large part in his recovery.

“Jackson was diagnosed with Osteochondrosis (OCD) of the elbows at about 1yo. We used to walk him and he often would sit down and not want to go. He developed a persistent limp and upon x-rays and his diagnosis, he underwent bilateral arthroscopies of his elbows. The arthroscopies were in early July and the stem cell surgery was performed in mid August of the same year.
The first two days were pretty tough for Jackson as he was really sore, but he progressively improved. We underwent range of motion exercises with him. As the months progressed, Jackson continued to show magnificent signs of improvement as he was able to go on longer walks, swim and lead a more active lifestyle without limping. He acts like a normal dog – jumping in and out of the car, playing and running with other dogs, etc. and no longer has a limp. We are thrilled with his progress and believe that Vet-Stem Cell Therapy has truly impacted Jackson’s quality of life!”


The moral to the story is to get a good diagnosis and proper treatment to preserve the cartilage in a joint that is showing arthritis changes.  If you live in the Raleigh, NC area, make sure you check out Jackson’s vet, Dr. Nannette Goodwin at the Bowman Animal Hospital (

Also read the story about Thomas in Canada, another dog with OCD problems.


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