Jack Nicklaus opens up about Sanford-related stem cell therapy

Legendary golfer Jack Nicklaus is sharing his experience with stem cell therapy and a procedure with ties to Sanford Health.

Nicklaus did this interview with CNN released Friday in which he talked about he was treated for back pain in Germany by Dr. Eckhard Alt. Alt was appointed in 2015 as Sanford’s Todd and Linda Broin Distinguished Professor and Chair, overseeing The Sanford Project in its effort to cure type one diabetes.

Alt met Nicklaus at a birthday party for Denny Sanford in 2015.

Sanford later acquired a minority position in ISAR Klinik II AG, which includes Isar Klinikum, a hospital located in Munich, Germany and founded by Alt.

Nicklaus did this interview this week in Rome at Unite To Cure, the 4th International Vatican Conference, created by the Cura Foundation, where Sanford presented about multiple topics including stem cell therapy in orthopedics.

In a video shared by the conference, he discusses how he had trouble even standing at a cocktail party before being treated and now is no longer in pain.

The CNN piece mentions how there are four FDA-approved adipose derived stem cell trials at Sanford: osteoarthritis of the knee, osteoarthritis of the wrist, rotator cuff tear, and facet joints.

Nicklaus is headed back to Germany today for stem cell treatment on his right shoulder. News of his stem cell treatment has been quickly picked up by other news outlets since CNN published it, including Golf Digest. Nicklaus also serves as an ambassador of the PGA Golf and has been involved in the Sanford International event coming to Sioux Falls later this year.

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Jack Nicklaus opens up about Sanford-related stem cell therapy

Legendary golfer Jack Nicklaus is sharing his experience with stem cell therapy and a procedure with ties to Sanford Health.

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