(Tempe, Arizona, October 2, 2018)–Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine & Health Sciences team will cut the ribbon for the opening of the new Neil Riordan Center for Regenerative Medicine on November 15 at 4:00 p.m. This affiliation between SCNM and Neil H. Riordan, PA, PhD, a research leader in stem cell therapy, will accelerate the development of this safe and innovative option for the treatment of acute and chronic pain. The Neil Riordan Center for Regenerative Medicine is staffed by an interdisciplinary team of physicians, and housed in SCNM’s LEED Platinum certified Community Commons.
Regenerative medicine, particularly autologous stem cell therapy, utilizes a patient’s own stem cells to promote healing, reduce inflammation and stimulate tissue repair. People with acute and chronic pain, including elite athletes, may benefit from the growth factors, natural anti-inflammatory activity, and regenerative properties of autologous stem cell therapy.
Over 100 million Americans suffer from chronic pain at an annual cost estimated at exceeding $620 billion, the many of whom are currently treated using opioids. This has led to wide-spread abuse and addiction to prescription opioids and illicit drugs including heroin. Opioid addiction and abuse has been attributed to 37,000 deaths each year nationally and 1,763 deaths of Arizonans from opioid overdoses in the past fifteen months. Stem cell therapy promises to limit the reliance on opioids thereby decreasing the potential for opioid addiction and abuse.