As Pioneering Physicians we continually advance the field of regenerative medicine and educate thousands of physicians around the world. We are in a fortunate position to give back to those that need our help most: our nations heroes. The military share common orthopedic ailments in the civilian population. In fact 1:3 Military Veterans live with Osteoarthritis vs 1:5 in the civilian population. As a result of intensive training, veterans carry heavy packs in basic training and undergo physical stress that results in joint pain at younger ages.
Currently, there is a culture we term “The Silent Enemy,” where expressing pain and seeking treatment is associated with weakness and a stigma. Much like in our professional athlete community we are working to change that. By receiving a timely diagnosis, cutting-edge interventions can help potentially prevent the degeneration that follows.
As a board member of the Arthritis Foundation, Dr Steven Sampson briefed US congress appealing for a $20million grant from the Dept. of Defense for combatting osteoarthritis in the military.
We have also partnered up with Warrior2Warrior (W2W) a nonprofit organization aimed at reducing suicide in Navy Seals & Special Forces Veterans. Orthohealing provides comprehensive musculoskeletal evaluations and regenerative treatments to Special Forces through W2W. Warrior athletes identify with a self-image of being physically strong and active. Following discharge from duty they may experience chronic joint pain and rely on opioids for relief rendering them depressed and may be prone to suicide. It is our aim that by addressing the physical pain with natural based treatments we can reduce the incidence of opioid dependence associated suicide from a combination of emotional and physical scars of service.
The Orthohealing team has toured Walter Reed National Medical Center in Bethesda MA on multiple occasions educating physicians on cutting edge regenerative techniques. Most recently we participated in a 2 day conference attended by members of the Army, Navy, and Air Force.
Through continued partnerships and treating one veteran at a time, we can shed light on the importance of early intervention and break down the culture of “the silent enemy.”
Veterans or Corporations interested to learn more about our program, please contact our office for further details.