ABC's Nightline newsmagazine, in a story by Ron Claibourne, discussed Regenokine. This therapy was developed in Germany and focuses on incubating blood in glass beads to concentrate an anti-inflammatory protein known as IL-1 RA. (Long name: Interleukin Receptor Antagonist) It has been used to treat osteoarthritis and back pain.
The story features Tracy McGrady and how it helped him return to an elite level in the NBA after a knee injury. Kobe Bryant, Alex Rodriguez and Fred Couples are also discussed in the story as successes. This treatment and technology are promising but more level one evidence is needed to confirm its value.
Blood derived treatments such as this or platelet rich plasma have now been used for more than a decade with superior safety profiles. Data continues to emerge suggesting these types of treatments have significant clinical value at a reasonable cost.
Allan Mishra, MD