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Ronnie Coleman Believes Stem Cell Treatment Saved His Health – Breaking Muscle

Coleman is on a fast recovery from past problems.

There is no doubt that Ronnie Coleman is one of the greatest bodybuilders in history. With eight consecutive Mr. Olympia wins in the late 20th century and early 2000s (1998–2005), Coleman is tied with fellow veteran Lee Haney for the most titles ever. However, retirement hasn’t always been kind to the 58-year-old Coleman. Since formally stepping away from professional bodybuilding in 2007, the icon has had more than a dozen surgeries on his neck and back. While Coleman was recovering late, there was a time when he could not walk without the aid of crutches. He seems to be giving credit to a unique, still-developing treatment for some of the recent advances.

On January 16, 2023, Coleman shared a video on his YouTube channel where he discussed aspects of his recent health improvements in an interview with former bodybuilder and current media personality Giles Thomas. conversation notes Coleman she is dependent on stem cell treatment/injectionsWhich has clearly given him a cleaner bill of health.

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Coleman didn’t mention specifically what type of stem cell injections he received, but they may be similar to mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs), which four-time Classic Physique Olympia champion Chris Bumstead revealed he’d like to receive in 2022. were using in npj regenerative medicineMSCs “have broad anti-inflammatory and immune-modulatory properties … [which] surround them and interact with neighboring cells to provide cell-based responses that may be therapeutic.” (1)

With regard to the potential benefits of stem cell therapies, it is also important to note that research into their effectiveness is ongoing. While encouraging, stem cell procedures require further illumination to determine whether their benefits are valid. (2)

Coleman said the stem cell treatment helps manage chronic pain in her neck and back. These early injuries occurred during his college football career with Grambling State University in the 1980s, before he turned into one of the faces of bodybuilding.

Coleman said, “The injuries in my back came from playing football.” “I hurt it [his back] Really bad my second year, then I hurt my neck very badly. I was doing too much chiropractic [treatments] It wasn’t until my sophomore year of college that I started bodybuilding. [in 1990],

These days, Coleman said he maintains a relatively consistent schedule of stem cell injections, traveling across the United States border to Mexico a few times a year to help manage his back and neck problems.

“Right now I’m trying to [stem cell injections] Every four months, in Mexico,” Coleman said. “I started about a year ago and I went twice every four months and then I took about nine months off, and the pain flared up again. I went back and it was the last time I went. I was in a tremendous amount of pain. Three days later, the pain disappeared. Just so soon.”

In addition to his stem cell treatments, Coleman credits his use of experimental hyperbaric chambers to aid in his pain management and recovery, especially getting a good night’s sleep. According to Medicine, hyperbaric oxygen therapy “is the use of pure oxygen at increased pressure (normally, 2–3 atmospheres) to raise oxygen levels in the blood (hyperoxemia) and tissue (hyperoxia),” which is used to stimulate the body’s healing processes. can improve. The same medical journal says that “further research” may be necessary to determine the exact benefits and effects. (3)

When it comes to Coleman, hyperbaric chambers are working wonders as a complement to his other treatments for the time being.

“We’ll also do hyperbaric chamber sessions,” Coleman explains of their coordinated treatment routine. “We were doing two 45-minute sessions a day, for like five days.”

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With his health improving, it looks like Coleman is looking forward to better, less painful retirement years. As a continuing important influence in the bodybuilding community for stars and young risers alike, this update certainly won’t be the last we hear from Titan.


  1. Pittenger, MF, Discher, DE, Poult, BM, Phinney, DG, Hare, JM, & Caplan, AI (2019). Mesenchymal stem cell perspective: cell biology for clinical progress. npj regenerative medicine, 422. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41536-019-0083-6
  2. Chen J, Wang H, Lu X, Yang K, Lu C. Safety and efficacy of stem cell therapy: an overview protocol on published meta-analysis and evidence mapping. ain translation med, 2021 Feb;9(3):270. DOI: 10.21037/atm-20-6892. PMID: 33708897; PMCID: PMC7940926.
  3. Ortega, AM et al. (2021) A general overview on hyperbaric oxygen therapy: applications, mechanisms, and translational opportunities. Medicine. September 2021; 57(9): 864. doi: 10.3390/medicine57090864. PMID: 34577787; PMCID: PMC8465921

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