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‘Golden Bear’ tells how stem cell treatment eased debilitating back pain



Pro golfer Jack Nicklaus is the latest celebrity athlete to reveal that he has undergone stem cell treatment. In an interview with CNN, the six-time Masters Tournament champion told how he traveled to Germany in February 2016 to be treated for debilitating back pain by stem cell pioneer Dr. Eckhard Alt, M.D., Ph.D.

Nicklaus – whose nickname is the Golden Bear -- suffers from facet joint syndrome. Various treatments over the years had given him little or no relief. At the Isar Klinikum in Munich, Dr. Alt injected Nicklaus with his own stem cells, taken from adipose (fat) tissue in his abdominal area. In total, Nicklaus received 10 injections in his back on each side of his lumbar spine and four in his cervical spine.

Within a few months, Nicklaus said, the pain he once endured when playing golf was no longer there.

The success of his back treatment led to his return on April 28 to Munich where Dr. Alt treated him with stem cells for shoulder pain.

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