When medicine in the West fails to produce the results wanted some people go aboard looking for their miracle cure. This is the case of NFL wide receiver Terrell Owens, who is seeking stem cell treatments in Korea.
The football star went to Korea on Sunday for a three day visit to treat a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) at Chaum Anti-aging Centre. During his visit Owens had his stem cells collected and stored. Owens was advised to go to the centre by Dr. James Andrews, a specialist in sports medicine working at Andrews Sports Medicine and Orthopaedic Center in Birmingham, Alabama.
The treatment is not without risk, is expensive and often does not achieve the results wanted. It can put patients at risk for cancer and blood clots.
According to Yahoo Sports blog Terrell Owens has used non-traditional means in preparation to play football including drinking Tahitian Noni juice.
Owens may need the extra 'juice' more than other players who have money deals in the works. He claims that without being in the game he has no other income but a lot of bills, including child support.
A torn anterior cruciate ligament is often seen in athletes causing knee instability. A long rehabilitation period can be required for total recovery lasting several months.
x-ray of knee injury
It has been reported that Peyton Manning, quarterback for the Colts, went to Europe for stem cell treatment. Rick Perry, GOP presidential candidate, also has had the treatment.