It’s a familiar question for people who own homes, cars, and other pieces of expensive technology: do I repair whatever is going
wrong, or do I replace it? This is usually a decision that requires a careful cost/benefit analysis, weighing the pros and cons of each choice. Frankly, most people don’t look forward to it.
But imagine if you didn’t have the luxury of making that choice. Imagine if there was no way to fix what was wrong, so you simply
had to replace the entire troublesome system – no matter how costly or inconvenient it might be.
For many patients with knee, shoulder, or hip injuries, this was exactly their dilemma. They had already failed to respond to
conventional treatment. Their doctors had told them now that their only option left was a joint replacement, major surgery that would require weeks or months of painful rehabilitation.
Luckily, that was then, and this is now. Patients who are candidates for knee, shoulder, or hip replacement have another option: stem cell therapy.
Why should patients consider stem cell therapy first?Stem cell therapy uses stem cells from your own body to directly heal an injury. Our doctors will remove adult stem cells from your bone marrow or belly fat and inject them directly at the site of your original injury, usually mixing the stem cells with PRP or PPP. Once there, the stem cells will turn into whatever type of cell is needed to heal the injury. You get the same form and function you had before the injury, and you get to enjoy a number of other advantages. Read more about them below:
Stem cell treatment doesn’t require you to take as much time off from work or school. You might need to take a few hours or a day here and there for medical appointments or physical therapy, but this is nothing compared to a days-long hospital stay or weeks of rehabilitation.
There are none of the risks of major surgery, nor is there a risk of rejection. With major surgery come the risks of infection, adverse reactions to anesthesia, and more. Even if everything goes as it should, your body might still have an adverse reaction to the implant itself, especially if you have a metal allergy. While stem cell therapy isn’t risk free (no medical treatment is), the risks are very low.
Joint replacements don’t last forever. Typically, knee, hip, and shoulder replacements last about 20 years. For some adults, this is all they need – but if you’re relatively young, the last thing you want to hear is that you might have to do this all over again in 20 years. On the other hand, the healing resulting from stem cell therapy can last as long as you do.
You won’t need to take opioid medications. It’s hard to turn on the news these days without hearing more about the opioid crisis affecting thousands of Americans. Many patients are first prescribed opioid medications after surgery, and addiction develops from there. Stem cell therapy doesn’t require patients to take any opioid medications, which is great news for patients who have a family history of addiction.
You can get cost and price information upfront.
This is a bit counterintuitive, so bear with us. It’s true that stem cell therapy usually isn’t covered by health insurance policies, while joint replacement surgeries generally are. But as anyone who has dealt with a health insurance company knows, just because you’re covered doesn’t mean everything is covered. Far too many patients find themselves surprised by enormous bills from the hospital or rehabilitation facility, only to find out that their insurance won’t cover the charges.
On the other hand, because stem cell therapy doesn’t go through your insurance company, doctors can tell you the costs upfront. This allows you to determine if you can afford the treatment and plan to pay for it before you agree to anything, rather than being surprised by bills long after the fact.
The bottom line is this: there’s no harm in exploring all of your options.
For some patients, a joint replacement surgery truly is their only option to dealing with the pain and restoring normal feel and function. But before you decide that you’re one of those patients, it’s worth taking the time to learn more about the other treatments out there. Surgery is usually considered the last available treatment for a reason.We at National Stem Cell Clinic invite you to learn more about all of our treatment options, not just stem cell therapy, but also prolotherapy, neuro-prolotherapy, PRP and PPP treatment, and more. We may have a solution for your pain that won’t require you to take the risks of surgery and the time of rehabilitation. If it turns out that you’re not a candidate for our treatments, at least you’ll know you tried all your options. Give us a call today to schedule a consultation.
If you’re like most people, you’ve probably heard plenty of rumors about stem cell treatment. You may be wondering whether the treatment is ethical, whether it’s effective, and whether it’s safe.
Worry no more.
There are lots of myths floating around about the safety and efficacy of stem cell treatment. We’re here to put those worries and fears to rest. To help, we’ve taken the three most common myths about stem cell treatment and busted them for your benefit. Keep reading to learn more!
Myth 1: You need to get stem cells from an embryo.
That is 100% not true. While stem cells help embryos throughout their development, humans create stem cells throughout their lives. In most adults, these stem cells can be found in either the bone marrow or the adipose tissue (belly fat). If you decide to go through stem cell treatment with us, we’ll get the cells directly from your body – no embryos required.
Myth 2: Stem cells can be rejected by the body.
You might have heard of patients who get organ transplants “rejecting” the transplant, but this isn’t a worry with the kind of stem cell treatment we do. The reason why organs get rejected is because the patient’s immune system sees the new organ as a hostile invader and attacks it. Our stem cell treatments come with zero risk of rejection because we use your own cells. Your immune system won’t attack your own cells, so the stem cells can do their work in peace.
Myth 3: Stem cell treatment is a risky, experimental procedure.
It’s true that our stem cell treatments are FDA controlled, and most insurance companies won’t cover the treatment. However, there’s a long distance between “risky and experimental” and “covered by all insurance companies.” The FDA allows these treatments to proceed because they know that there is little risk to patients. The evidence is on our side and mounting. We believe it’s only a matter of time before stem cell treatment is as common as procedures like shoulder surgery and knee replacements are today.
Get the Facts
Have any other questions about stem cell treatment? Are there other myths you’ve heard, and you want to learn the truth? Let us know. Give us a call today to schedule an appointment for your initial consultation. We’re happy to let you know the facts and put your fears and worries to rest!
If you’ve spent some time at our website, you have probably already noticed that we offer two very similar types of plasma-based treatment: platelet rich plasma (PRP) and platelet poor plasma (PPP). Like many patients, you’re probably wondering what differentiates these two treatments.
Wonder no more. We’ve created this quick primer to introduce you to the subject so you can better understand just how these amazing substances can be used to help you!
Before we go into the differences, it helps to explain how these two substances are similar. Both PRP and PPP come from your own blood, and both have two main ingredients: platelets and plasma. (The other two main ingredients of human blood, red blood cells and white blood cells, are not used in our treatments.)
Furthermore, both are created in approximately the same way. A blood sample is taken from you, the patient, and then placed in one of our highly advanced centrifuges. As the centrifuge spins, the sample separates into its component parts. Our doctors can then use this separated sample to create solutions of PRP and PPP. Depending on your needs, we may even be able to create both PRP and PPP from the same blood sample!
PRP: Platelet Rich Plasma
Once the centrifuges have done their work, it’s time to create PRP. As you might have guessed from the name, PRP is a mixture of both platelets and plasma which contains a high concentration of platelets. Platelets are the part of the blood that controls clotting. They also release chemical signals that alert the body to the presence of an injury in order to spur healing.
In our practice, we usually combine PRP with stem cell therapy. The two work together almost like a foreman and a construction worker. Once injected at the site of your injury, the platelets “assess” the injury and determine that there is damage that needs to be fixed. They then send a chemical signal to the stem cells that spurs the stem cells to evolve into the cells necessary to fix whatever the injury happens to be.
PPP: Platelet Poor Plasma
Unlike PRP, PPP does not have many platelets. Because of this, doctors for many years regarded it as a byproduct of PRP and simply discarded it. Recently, however, doctors have discovered that PPP has its own unique healing properties – and they’re every bit as amazing as the combination of PRP and stem cells.
For instance, PPP can be used for nerve hydrodissection, which is a procedure used to free and relieve a trapped nerve. Patients with ulnar neuropathy and certain types of carpal tunnel syndrome can thus find PPP therapy helpful. PPP can also be used to heal damaged muscle tissue – which doctors once believed could not be healed at all. Imagine that: a substance that used to be considered useless, now healing tissues doctors thought couldn’t be healed!
Which Is Better?
As you’ve probably already guessed, this is a trick question. Neither PPP nor PRP is objectively better than the other, just as a hammer isn’t objectively better than a screwdriver. What’s important is using the right tool for the job. Depending on the precise cause of your pain, our doctors might recommend PPP, PRP, stem cell treatment, or even a completely different treatment, like prolotherapy or neuro-prolotherapy.
Finding out which treatment is right for you is our first order of business here at National Stem Cell Clinic. If you want to find the treatment that has the best chance of healing your injury and allowing you to return to a pain-free life, we invite you to visit us for a consultation. Give us a call today to schedule an appointment!
We know that when many people hear “stem cells,” they think “controversy.” It’s not surprising, given how much debate they inspired when stem cell treatments first entered the mainstream. Many of our patients are hesitant about stem cells because of this reason.
We’re here to put your fears to rest. While it’s true that there are some kinds of controversial stem cell treatments, those aren’t what we offer.
Have a look through these FAQs to learn a little more.
What are stem cells?
Stem cells are incredible cells with the power to divide without limits and become nearly any type of cell in the body. Most cells in your body, when they divide, can only reproduce themselves. A muscle divides and becomes another muscle cell; a blood cell divides to become another blood cell. Stem cells can become other stem cells, or they can turn into virtually any other cell in the body. This gives them incredible potential when it comes to healing.
What kinds of stem cells are there?
There are two kinds of stem cells found in nature: embryonic stem cells and adult stem cells. (There is a third type of stem cell, induced pluripotent stem cells, but those can only be created in a laboratory.) Embryonic stem cells are found in blastocysts, embryos that are 3-5 days old. Left alone, they’ll develop into every type of cell in the body. Adult stem cells are found in all people, usually in the bone marrow and adipose tissue (belly fat). Both have potential when it comes to healing various injuries and diseases.
Why is there an ethical controversy regarding stem cells?
Actually, only embryonic stem cells are considered to be ethically controversial. This is because the embryo is destroyed in the process of harvesting embryonic stem cells. Many people see this as destroying a human life, so it’s easy to see where the controversy comes from.
However, adult stem cells do not come from embryos – they come from adult patients who have given informed consent to the procedure. In order to treat the patient, the stem cells are simply moved from one part of the patient’s body to another part. It’s as ethically controversial as a skin graft, which is to say, not controversial at all.
What kind of stem cells do you use in your practice?
We use only adult stem cells in accordance with the FDA’s Controlled Guidance’s of Autologous Treatment. This is also because it’s essential that we use the patient’s own cells for the procedure. If we were to use stem cells from another person or an embryo, the patient’s immune system would see them as invaders and attack them. Needless to say, this would not help the patient.
Where do the stem cells you use come from?
We take our stem cells from our patients’ bone marrow in the leg or adipose tissue (belly fat). Where we take the stem cells from depends on the age of the patient. Patients under 50 usually have their stem cells taken from bone marrow; for patients over 50, we generally get better results from adipose tissue.
How does the process work?
In our practice, the stem cells work in conjunction with PRP or PPP to heal injured joints, ligaments, and other tissues. Once we’ve taken the stem cells from your body, we mix them with PRP or PPP and carefully inject them at the site of your original injury. When the cells arrive, the stem cells are “programmed” to turn into whatever is needed to heal the injury, whether that’s cartilage, ligaments, tendons, or other tissues. The result is true healing: new tissue that gives you the same feel and function as you had before the injury.
What else can stem cells be used for?
There is great potential for stem cells to be used for healing a wide range of problems, including everything from growing new organs for patients needing transplants to healing diseases like diabetes and heart disease. However, we’re not quite there yet. So for now, the National Stem Cell Clinic is focusing on what’s been proven to work: using stem cells to heal injuries and help patients feel better.
What if I have more questions?Contact us! We would be happy to meet with you for a consultation and help you learn more about stem cell treatment and what it can do for you. We can also put any of your ethical concerns to rest. Just call us today to ask for an appointment.
Welcome! Since you’re here on our website, you’re probably looking for help with your pain – whether it’s headaches, a torn meniscus, or anything in between. You’ve come to the right place. Effective, tailored pain relief delivered without risky medications or surgery is what we are here to provide.
We invite you to have a look around our new website and get to know our practice better. In the meantime, allow us to introduce ourselves by letting you know about our mission, our values, and how we can help.
In the simplest of terms, our mission is to heal your pain using the latest, safest, and most effective techniques.
We provide cutting-edge medical approaches designed to revolutionize the treatment of pain. Using platelet rich plasma and stem cell therapy, we give your body the tools to heal itself. We closely follow every development in this rapidly advancing field, because we are committed to bringing the future of medicine to you.
Patient-centered care is at the center of our values. We understand that you are an individual. Cookie-cutter, one-size-fits-all treatments simply aren’t good enough. Your history, symptoms, and goals are unique to you, so you deserve a treatment that is unique to you, too.
Because patient-centered care is our highest value, we listen to each of our patients with compassion in order to arrive at a correct diagnosis. Once we understand what’s causing the pain, we’ll provide individualized treatments using the most advanced technology.
How We Help
This, of course, is why you’re here – to see how we can help you.
We have a wide range of innovative technology available for your treatment. From platelet rich plasma treatment and platelet poor plasma treatment to stem cells, prolotherapy and neuro-prolotherapy, our treatments are designed to provide pain relief and deep healing. Our doctors have a sophisticated understanding of the healing process and are able to use modern technology to help your body does what it does naturally: heal. We can treat a wide range of pain and symptoms, from ankle sprains up to and including hair loss.
So there you have it – who we are, what we value, and how we can help. Please feel free to look around the rest of our website to learn more about each service and how our techniques can help you get your life back, without the pain and without the risks of surgery and long-term use of prescription medications.
Remember, if you have questions, we’re here to help. Call us today to learn more or set an appointment for your initial consultation.