Thursday, August 3, 2017: Dr. Steve Coleman, D.O., Medical Director of MedicalMasters.org has announced the immediate introduction of ground-breaking Cytokine Medicine into his suite of Regenerative Cellular Therapies, including Stem Cell Treatment, that promises to simultaneously reduce swelling in knee joints and stimulate cartilage repair for those suffering from osteoarthritis and sports injuries.
Recent medical studies suggest Cytokines, a group of messenger proteins in the body, affect nearly every biological process in the human body including the potential for inflammation in the joint space area around the knee.
By pairing select Cytokines with Stem Cell Therapy and PRP, MedicalMasters.org aims to shorten the healing process for knees suffering from Degenerative Joint Disease (DJD) and sports injuries that are not yet bone-on-bone. Read full article of benefits of Cytokine Medicine on MedicalMasters.org.
Future Cytokine Protocols will be available in a variety of delivery methods including oral, injectables, and transdermal creams, that will supplement the Stem Cell Therapy process and target chronic inflammation in the body.
While the short term goal is to reduce pain and speed up joint repair, the long term goal is to minimize knee replacement surgeries in the United States that are approaching 1 million per year. The risks inherent in invasive surgery were highlighted on MedicalMasters.org recently.
“Cytokine proteins are being heralded as a breakthrough biological process in reducing joint inflammation and helping cartilage repair itself. The introduction to our clinic will offer monumental benefits to both aging patients and athletes who suffer injuries on the playing field or tennis courts,” said Dr. Steve Coleman.
In the Mid-1950s something odd happened in the United States, that may force us to re-examine the links between aging, obesity and knee osteoarthritis - a condition that influences the quality of millions of Americans.What is this peculiar event, you may ask?
Seven medical researchers have uncovered supporting evidence to show that prior to 1955, arthritic knees were rare - very rare. Suddenly, around this point in history, the disease began to double in prevalence.Before going further consider for a moment that osteoarthritis will probably affect half our country during our lifetime, which is why we are approaching (and will soon exceed) 1 million knee replacement surgeries in the next 12 months. The research team’s findings is thus critically important because presently the conventional wisdom suggests that living longer and higher obesity levels stimulate (and aggravate) the onset of osteoarthritis. They instead suggest there are several unconsidered variables that's leading to the growth of degenerative joint disease in the knee.
Even more fascinating is the conclusion that knee osteoarthritis may be more preventable than is commonly assumed. They surmise that prevention will require research on additional independent risk factors that either arose or have become amplified in the postindustrial era. The researchers based their findings on autopsies of cadaver-derived skeletons of people aged aged below and above 50 whose BMI at death was documented . These persons lived in the period spanning from the early industrial era (1800s to early 1900s) and the modern post industrial era (late 1900s to early 2000s).
Ian J. Wallace, Steven Worthington, David T. Felson, Robert D. Jurmain, Kimberly T. Wren, Heli Maijanen, Robert J. Woods and Daniel E. Lieberman
Whether increases in longevity and BMI (weight) are responsible for current knee OA levels has never been tested, but this assumption has led many to view the disease’s high prevalence as effectively unpreventable, since aging is untreatable, and the high BMI epidemic is intractable,” said the researchers in a paper delivered to the National Academy of Sciences.
They conclude that recent environmental changes have played a principal role in the deterioration of our knees, not just the extra baggage you carry around your waist.
Specifically, they point to human beings loading more external weight on their bodies during daily activities; NOT weight gain (or high BMI) over time as a main contributor to knee arthritis.There is an important inflection point, however, in their findings above.
It’s not just that we are loading more weight (than our ancestors) on our poor bodies, but that we are also doing this while being generally more physically inactive during the course of any calendar year.
“Less physically active individuals who load their joints less develop thinner cartilage with lower proteoglycan content as well as weaker muscles responsible for protecting joints by stabilizing them and limiting joint reaction forces,” said the researchers.
This is an extremely intriguing conclusion because it again points to how vital it has become for your Doctor to examine your body and lifestyle in totality, not just symptomatically.
If you are currently experiencing knee pain from a previous injury or sports-related trauma we may be able to help.
Please schedule a Comprehensive Medical Assessment (CMA) to determine if you qualify for promising new treatments
in Stem Cell Therapy, Prolotherapy and PRP.
It’s important to emphasize that this research is ongoing but the results thus far MUST be taken into account when a patient comes in for a Comprehensive Medical Assessment or 100 Point Health Score at our Bonita Springs Regenerative clinic which offers stem cell therapy as a possible treatment modality.
Your entire personal history and lifestyle are key indicators of your present condition and what treatment options should be made available to you. An effective prevention strategy will involve adjusting your physical activity patterns and diets to approximate more closely the lifestyle conditions under which our species has evolved.
What we also take away from this study is that fairly recent increases in knee osteoarthritis during the last several decades cannot simply be considered an inevitable consequence of people living longer or having higher BMI.
“Susceptibility to knee OA and other mismatch diseases is undoubtedly influenced by intrinsic factors, including age, sex, and genes, but the historical and evolutionary perspective afforded by our data underscores that many modern cases of knee OA may be preventable,” said the researchers.
Your present job or occupation may also be playing a role in the degeneration of your knee joints. Sitting in front of computers for long periods with no intermittent physical activity seems to suggest another contributing piece to the arthritic puzzle.
Things get even stranger when one considers gender-based causes for knee joint degradation. One particular study suggests that osteoarthritis in women may be due to long (could we say, agonizing) periods wearing, walking and standing in high-heel shoes.The study focused on 20 healthy women wearing high heel shoes and walking barefoot. The results showed a 23% increase in compressive force on the medial compartment of the knee and more pronounced pressure on the patellofemoral joint as a whole. Thus, these “altered forces” may likely be having a degenerative effect on female (or whomever enjoys wearing high-heels generally) joints over time.
This new vein of research has been shared with you to illustrate just how subtle and intricate the human body behaves in the modern world. Our present health system, and indeed our well being, can no longer be targeted with treatment plans that simply focus on limiting symptoms with the use of pharmacological agents.
We also do not wish to suggest, based on the discussion above, that is now OK for you to keep or put on weight: This harmful condition will lead to a variety of other negative outcomes which may in turn influence the long-term health of the knee in unexpected ways. Not to mention the havoc it plays on hormonal levels and the possible threat of diabetes!
It’s also worth considering the role walking on hard pavements plays in affecting the knee joint. If you combine this activity with inactivity, we have further metrics to consider in the overall degeneration of the knee.
Further, simply pushing a patient to undergo knee or hip replacement surgery is also an unwise decision. Evidence is mounting that we must find alternatives, especially if you consider recent recommendations from major bodies such as the Australian Rheumatology Association which said that arthroscopic knee surgery to treat osteoarthritis is of low value and doctors are being told to consider alternatives such as exercise therapy to avoid unnecessary harm to the patient.
These recommendations were supported by the country’s Consumer Health Forum.
This is a major reason why we continue to study new trends in joint stem cell therapy research and its application for qualified patients experiencing knee pain from osteoarthritis. While stem cell therapy will not work for everyone, it shows remarkable promise for patients whose osteoarthritis is not yet bone on bone. For those interested in FTC/FDA-compliant stem cell therapy, please read this recent patient success story for Marie Claire, who experienced a positive outcome after undergoing the short, same-day procedure which utilized her body’s own cells, including fat and bone marrow, to stimulate healing in the knee joint.
Our medical clinic continues to use the best tenets of osteopathic medicine to situate the patient within his present lifestyle, medical history and physiological condition. As the earlier study pointed out, environmental factors play a key role in your present condition. It also means that doctors, surgeons and specialists - including us - need to constantly re-examine our belief systems and the incoming science with regards why a patient is experiencing osteoarthritis AND how we should treat it.
We hope found the article above informative, helping you to make more informed decisions regarding your health, especially if you are experiencing knee pain in Bonita Springs. Feel free to reach out to us and ask any health questions on your mind. We also offer treatment options for #osteoarthritis in the knee and hip joints.
The hammer dropped for Patricia when, aged 72, doctors detected a small tumor under her left breast after a routine mammogram. Following surgery she faced the frightening prospect of chemotherapy and the allied effects of a declining auto-immune system.
“My immune system was shot to hell and I felt I had to get myself back up again,” said Patricia.
Doctors said she had no choice but to undergo radiation therapy. Patricia, after much soul searching and careful investigation of alternatives was not convinced.
“When they discovered I had cancer, there was a bit of anger which made me want to fight it. ‘Oh my god’, I thought, I really have to look at my life and evaluate what I want from it and what I would like to have happen with the short time I have left.’
After surgery thought carefully about what life was about, what did she want from it and what could she give back with the years she had left.
Like a good patient, I listened to the doctors, had the surgery but then I began to question all the protocols that went along with radiation treatment and what chemo would do to me over the long run.”
The doctors explained that chemotherapy should be the ONLY course of action since it could guarantee her an extra 5-10 years of life.
“However, when I asked them if that would give me QUALITY of life, they could not speak to that at all because they don’t know,” said Patricia.
Patricia decided to educate herself, reading as much online material she could get her hands from established institutions such as the Cleveland Clinic.
I choose life!
“I not only read the horror stories, but good medical journals and reports upon which it dawned on me that I wanted to live my life in the best health that I could possibly have, because that would bring me the freedom to do all the things that I wanted to do including travel, enjoy my family and do other activities such as Golf and Biking.”
Patricia looked long and hard at alternative preventive options, including Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy. She educated herself on Progesterone and Estrogen treatment, concluding that hormone balancing would be a viable route to improve the quality of her life.
Hormones can generally be described as special chemicals, or messengers, that tell other parts of the body when and how to work. The are responsible for just about everything that happens in your body and influence sex, desire, brain function, mood, growth, breakdown of food and overall energy levels.
Surgery and chemotherapy can disrupt these functions, causing imbalance which results in a host of health issues. Add in the aging process and this is an extremely complex area which requires a customized and careful approach by a medical doctor and his team.
The question was, Patricia thought, which doctor and clinic to guide her on this path considering her medical background?
“It was a big decision for me because after talking to my surgeon, oncologist and gynecologist it became clear that the general consensus was that post-surgery there should be no Estrogen intake at all. Yet, I knew, that for me to be a healthy, vibrant woman I needed Estrogen in my body. It was that important to me,” said Patricia.
Patricia realized that although one should defer to the expert opinions of the medical community, she should never stop questioning their methods and whether it was the right path for her to take.
“In fact, my surgeon after several conversations agreed that the path I wanted to explore was probably the RIGHT thing for myself. He said that if the cancer returned we would just go back, cut it out and I would continue with the rest of my life.”
At was at this point, she approached Dr. Coleman for a Comprehensive Medical Assessment (CMA) or 100 Point Health Score to construct a long-term flight path for hormone balancing based on her unique circumstances.
“Dr. Coleman understood immediately that I needed to rebuild my auto immune system which was still in shock from the previous surgery. I also wanted to pursue a healthier lifestyle and get the most out of life. My energy came back along with a feeling of wellness.”
Dr. Coleman developed a customized therapy program that administered the safest, lowest dosage and combination of hormones to elevate Patricia’s overall wealth while also minimizing the risk of cancer reemerging in her body.
Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine
Bonita Springs, Florida
"I incorporated progesterone treatment which has well-known protective elements for the breast area. Additionally, I added in Estriol, or Estrogen #3, which is extremely safe but allows Patricia to feel those qualities that make her a woman. The hormone combinations used so far have generated remarkable results with no problems."
“Importantly, I decided not to put her back on Estrodial which has been known to cause breast problems in certain cases. We carefully monitored her hormone levels, using blood and saliva, looking out for Estrogen #1, Estrol, which can have adverse affects on the breast area and is even worse than Estrogen #2. None has been detected thus far.”
“Instead of dealing with the 5-10 years of side-effects that come from drugs related to chemotherapy, I now can live with a high quality of life and feel wonderful every day. I would also like to stress that I would never give up the monitoring mentioned above by Dr. Coleman - I think it's imperative. ”
“I was very fortunate to meet and work with Dr. Coleman and his Hormone Clinic staff in Bonita Springs, who have given me back my good health, vibrancy - a fantastic hormonal balance! Everyday is now a joy because my health now allows me to enjoy all of things important in my life, including golfing, biking, reading, socializing, playing games, traveling, plays, concerts and spending time with my grand children.”
“I would urge anyone to find their way - their path - to a healthy vibrant fun-filled life with Dr. Coleman and MedicalMasters.org. Live the rest of your life to the fullest with the people you love and care about” said Patricia.
“I needed to work with professional people who could make this happen and would never have reached this point in my journey without Dr. Coleman’s help.
We need doctors to advise us of new developing sciences which could possibly help us and then we need to think about it, research it, and make a decision based on their input. In my case, the answer was yes and I am very comfortable with that decision.”
Maryclaire, age 64, had been struggling for years with debilitating knee pain in both knees. The pain has been causing a limp and severely restricting her basic movements, such as walking and climbing stairs. Since the onset of pain, she has not been able to exercise, and is gaining weight as a result. As a former ballet dancer, she was previously a very active person and one who desperately wanted to enjoy some of the simple pleasures in life, pain free.
After Doctors offered No Hope, other than Permanent Surgery with a Total Knee Replacement, with all of its risks, she decided to explore alternative treatments, with MedicalMasters.org in Bonita Springs, FL.
After a Comprehensive Medical Exam, or what is called a 100-Point Health Check Up, Dr. Steve Coleman D.O., confirmed that she would be a good candidate for same-day stem cell treatment. Although she was a bit afraid of the procedure, she made the courageous decision to try something different, something more than just a traditional, invasive surgery.
The 3 hour, Level 1 procedure (No general anesthetic, done under sterile conditions), involves the pain free harvest of her very own cellular material, including PRP from Blood, Her Own Fat Cells, and Bone Marrow. Her own cells are then re-injected back into both knees, with a very advanced technique, specific to Prolotherapy Trained Physicians.
No manipulation of her Native Cells was performed. No Drugs, other than anticoagulants and anesthetics were used.
While results will differ from patient to patient, most people treated by Dr. Coleman have significantly positive results within one to three weeks. In the short term, significant worsening of pain, is quite normal but not universal.
Longer term results, over six to nine months, generally offer even greater mobility and pain reductions for patients undergoing stem cell therapy.
“I am ecstatic! I am walking perfectly and pain free just two weeks or so after the initial procedures. My left knee has virtually no symptoms at all, while my right has some slight discomfort but is dramatically improved. It’s quite incredible,” said Maryclair.
“If we are able to help patients have less pain, and perform activities of daily living with less limitations, that is a Win-Win situation, for one human being.
“If we can do all that while lessening surgical risks, and reducing massive costs to the healthcare system, it is a Triple Win for patients and society”.
“In Maryclaire’s case I am extremely grateful, that her results are ahead of schedule, and I hope to help keep her dancing for years to come,” said Dr. Coleman.
BONITA SPRINGS, FL (MEDICALMASTERS.ORG) AUGUST 08: Dr. Steve Coleman, D.O., medical director of MedicalMasters.org recently returned from a ground-breaking mission to Honduras with fellow U.S. physicians to treat disadvantaged communities suffering from age-related conditions, (including knee joint pain), using cellular therapies such as ProloTherapy. The trip offered far-reaching benefits for local Bonita Springs residents back home in the U.S. as MedicalMasters.org continues pioneering new stem cell treatments for aging Americans using the very same injection technology.
This was the 47th annual two-week trip to Honduras organized by the Hackett Hemwall Patterson Foundation, in association with the University of Wisconsin, consisting of a large international group of dedicated physicians, nurses and assistants.
The one common denominator shared by the entire medical team was a deep desire to help people that are less fortunate and in need of care, particularly a concern for older patients suffering from -osteoarthritis and other age-related joint pain conditions.
“The work we have done in Honduras was humbling, to say the least. People came to us by bus, car or bicycle, from as far as 6 hours away, just to see our team for a single prolotherapy treatment,” said Dr. Coleman
“For many of these patients, this would be their only chance to see a doctor for at least another year.”
Dr. Coleman and the others physician volunteers literally saw hundreds of patients each day, most of which were treated using a powerful cellular technology called prolotherapy, which involves injecting sterile sugar water into affected joints, including the knee, hip and shoulder.
“The experience was humbling on both a professional and personal level. Walking through the streets, people stop, look at us and thank us spontaneously,” said Dr. Coleman.
The experience also allowed him to perfect complex injection techniques that also apply to stem cell procedures he has introduced to his Bonita Springs Clinic, MedicalMasters.org. Not many physicians get the opportunity to obtain such a high level of field training that involve treating dozens of patients each day.
The most patients that the team of 7 Doctors treated in one day
was 204. The steep learning curve helps patients back home in the U.S. who get the benefit of Doctors who have been able to do this procedure hundred or thousands of times, before performing it on you or a loved one.
“The patients in Honduras benefit since they may not ever get to see a doctor outside of this mission, and the people back in the USA get the benefit of such stringent and painstaking training. I now apply these advanced injection techniques to my Stem Cell patients here in Bonita Springs. It is a true win-win for everyone”
Typically, local residents would begin lining up at 6 a.m. each day with first consults beginning at 8 a.m. Patients are registered, triaged and then examined by our physicians to determine if prolotherapy is going to be helpful for their condition.
Prolotherapy is performed by experienced physicians, often with a novice prolotherapist observing and assisting. Patients will continue to be seen until about 6:00 pm – but often much longer depending on the need. “We would never turn away a patient who has taken a six hour trip to see us, and who sometimes has waited all day just to see a doctor. Imagine getting in line at 6AM and not being able to be treated until 6PM. That is the level of need that we saw every day.”
After the last patient is treated, the clinic is cleaned up and made ready for the next day. The entire group meets for dinner together in the evening and then after dinner, the physicians have a lecture on prolotherapy.
The assistants often have “set up” work to do to prepare for the next day. After a long day of hard work, our group then heads to their lodging for a well-deserved rest…. to get ready for the next day of more hard work!
“Even though my Spanish is still evolving, I can almost be brought to tears by the warm thanks people give us. It’s extremely humbling to be able to make such a difference in a person’s life who you really don’t yet know,” said Dr. Coleman.
There is an incredible amount of pre-planning that goes into making it all happen. Mary Doherty, who is the executive director of the foundation, does much of the work herself, and with the help of several very dedicated staffers.”
“The benefit to my medical practice has been to be trained by true masters and thought leaders like Dr. David Rabago MD and many other very talented physicians. You just can’t get training like that here in the USA,” Dr. Coleman said.
The inspirational trip to Honduras has already redefined some of the workflows and strategies used within MedicalMasters.org to treat U.S. patients. In particular, Dr. Coleman has introduced a customized hybrid package of cellular technologies to treat joint pain including prolotherapy, PRP and stem cell therapy. He has also used the organizational and operational skills learned in Honduras to speed up treatment times and train staff to more efficiently handle patient concerns and treatment plans.
In an effort to give back to the local Bonita Springs community, MedicalMasters.org is offering a $1000 promotional stem cell therapy discount to residents between August 23-30, 2017. This limited Summer promotion is also an important vehicle to educate local residents on the benefits of same-day stem cell treatments which offer great promise for treating joint pain.
Please contact Dr. Coleman or the University of Wisconsin if you would like to volunteer or even to just support the future medical missions to Honduras which take place in March each year.
Over the last several years many prominent professional athletes have elected to be treated with Stem Cell Therapy, instead of major surgery for the career threatening injuries they have suffered with. They are hoping to alleviate or minimize post-injury pain and downtime. Except in some rare conditions that require immediate surgery (like a meniscal root tear) Stem Cell Therapy can improve outcomes and reduce costs of treatment, while accelerating the time to return to the field or court.
To a professional athlete, every game missed is money not made and stats unearned. Sportsman are thus increasingly looking to the science of regenerative medicine to get back on the playing field quicker.
To put this in perspective we’ve highlighted some notable names in sport that have or will undergo Knee Stem Cell Therapy. The progress made in treating sports injuries is often an early signal of the beneficial treatments that will shortly emerge for the general populace.
In fact, some of the regenerative knee treatments mentioned below are available right now in the USA, even though they are technically considered experimental.
Peyton Manning, 4-time NFL MVP, traveled to Europe for Stem Cell Treatment after two surgeries on his neck did not help address a painful bulging disk. Physicians harvested his own bone-marrow which was then re-injected back into his neck area.
Bartolo Colon, New York Yankees pitcher underwent Stem Cell Therapy in Florida. Fat and bone marrow cells from his own body was re-injected into the elbow and shoulder joints to help repair ligament damage and a torn rotator cuff.
The Jet’s Chris Johnson, a running back tore the meniscus in his left knee. His own stem cells, the body’s universal building blocks, were transplanted back into the knee joint to speed up the healing process.
Rafael Nadal, one of the greatest tennis players in history, received stem cell treatment on his ailing back in Barcelona using his own fat and bone marrow cells.
Garret Richards, Los Angeles pitcher, underwent Stem Cell Treatment. Stem cells taken from bone marrow in his pelvis were injected back into elbow joint. He had previously undergone surgery for a ruptured patellar tendon during a baseball game.
Racing legend, A.J Foyt, an 82-year-old four-time winner of the Indianapolis 5000 announced he would undergo stem cell therapy to help repair his ankle and shoulder. Foyt said: “Dan Pastorini (the former NFL quarterback) did it and it helped him. Peyton Manning (the former Indianapolis Colts and Denver Broncos quarterback) did it for his neck and it really helped him. Tony Dorsett (the former Dallas Cowboys running back) did it, so I think I should try it.”
Several, but not all of the treatments outlined above, are currently available in Florida for a small spectrum of patients that suffer from joint disease or osteoarthritis. This also includes those who may be experiencing joint pain due to post-operative surgeries or injuries incurred earlier in their lives. This includes meniscus tears in the knee or ball-and-socket joints such as the shoulder.
Same-day FDA/FTC compliant stem cell treatment plans are most notably effective for patients whose condition is not yet bone-on-bone. The National Institute of Health (NIH) aptly describes Regenerative Medicine as “the most recent and emerging branch of medical science, dealing with functional restoration of tissues or organs for the patient suffering from severe injuries or chronic disease.”
The NIH notes that the spectacular progress in the field of stem cell research has laid the foundation for cell based therapies of disease which cannot be cured by conventional medicines (or surgery).
This of course has drawn the attention of several prominent athletes, including those mentioned above. It has always been true that athletes tend to be more progressive in experimenting with the latest medical advances before they are fully absorbed or adopted by the public.
For most of us, as we age, osteoarthritis is a burgeoning concern affecting over 50 million people in the United States, particularly the knee joint. Athletes and non-athletes all rely upon knee cartilage to act as a cushion between the various bones in the joint. It’s a tough, flexible and mostly reliable material that gets damaged by high-impact collisions or repetitive tasks common to many sports and daily activities.
Statistics show that as much as 30 percent of the population will incur some form of knee degeneration by the time they celebrate their 55th birthday, an unwanted ‘present’ that unwraps itself in pain and ultimately knee replacement surgery.
California, one of the most progressive states in the U.S. has shown some leadership in regenerative medicine field recently with news that The California Stem Cell Agency approved close to $33 million for clinical stage research projects testing treatments that include arthritis of the knee.
The agency reports that the goal of the research is to regenerate knee cartilage using a mesenchymal progenitor cell treatment. Funding is aimed at manufacturing the product to ultimately secure Food and Drug Administration approval for a phase one safety trial.
A treatment for the public would likely be years in the future, but options are available immediately in other states like Florida for traditional Prolotherapy, PRP and knee stem cell treatment that involves same-day harvesting of fat cells and bone marrow cells for reinjection back into affected joints such as the knee or elbow.
Some of the athletes referenced above have opted for this technique which is becoming increasingly popular in high-impact sports such as football, basketball and ice hockey. Those athletes that seek more progressive or experimental procedures (currently undergoing clinical trials and awaiting FDA approval) will often fly to Europe or other international destinations to benefit from accelerated healing programs relating to stem cell therapy.
While our clinic at MedicalMasters.org does not advocate miracle cures or non-compliant FDA/FTC stem cell procedures we are encouraged by the positive feedback patients report after undergoing stem cell transplants extracted from their fat and bone marrow cells. Some patients report a 50% improvement in knee mobility after undergoing intermediate/lower-level treatments such as prolotherapy, which is not quite as powerful as stem cell therapy but uses a similar injection process.
While results will differ depending on age and current knee condition the increasing embrace of knee stem cell therapy by professional athletes is a key indicator that regenerative medicine has adopted a leadership position in tackling joint-related injuries and degeneration which hinders all of us from enjoying daily activities such as walking, running and those in more elite sports such as football, from becoming rock star athletes and legends in the game.
NOTE: Our clinic follows all FDA guidelines in the preparation and handling of cellular therapies including stem cells. All procedures done in the clinic are Level 1(Local anesthesia) type procedures, which are the safest class of procedures for the patient. This means the patient remains fully conscious during the procedure and that only local anesthetics are used, similar to what a dentist does when numbing a tooth prior to repair. Please visit this page for more information about our current Stem Cell Promotion.
We have a number of courageous patients who enter our Clinic every day including Bobby, a 68-year old prostrate cancer survivor who was experiencing pain in his right knee due to two previous meniscus tears. Follow-up knee surgery had not helped, leaving him with nagging pain that was impacting some of his favorite activities including long walks which he used to help regulate his weight. After investigating both Stem CellTherapy and PRP he decided to undergo Prolotherapy with Dr. Coleman at MedicalMasters.Org.
Horst, a former soccer player came to MedicalMasters.org as a last resort after an orthopedic surgeon told him his last hope was knee replacement therapy. After one session of prolotherapy, he felt a 50% improvement in knee mobility and pain reduction…
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QUESTION: Why does Insurance not cover Stem Cell Therapy procedures. Is that because it has not had any validated research. Or, because it is performed by a chiropractor? I have an interest in learning more. I’m a physical therapist with very limited experience with patients who have had stem cell procedures, some has not been positive. I need to understand because patients are always asking questions. I realize stem cell therapy is new and therefore not reimbursed by insurance. My concern is effectiveness.
ANSWER: Thank you for your question and allowing us to respond. The research is ongoing and insurance companies typically take a while to catch up to new promising treatments, including “SAME-DAY” #StemCellTherapy.
Our clinic is Federal Trade Compliant (FTC) in that we do NOT make false claims of unusual medical cures or show only outcomes that are better than average. We attempt to present a fair and balanced set of options for our patients, giving true informed consent which includes the good, the bad and other outcomes.
Informed consent in its truest meaning is defined by giving the patient all of their options which include:
- Do Nothing
- Do Surgery (with all risks explained including the very serious risks of General Anesthesia, Bleeding, Infection, Trauma to nearby structures, Blood Clots after surgery, Failure of Surgery etc
- Do less invasive procedures: Synvisc injection (knee fluid augmentation with protein solution) , Prolotherapy (sterile sugar water injections) PRP, and Stem Cell Therapies
- Regular Medical therapies: Anti-inflammatory medications, narcotics or Tylenol.
- Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation focused medical therapies
- Osteopathic or Chiropractic Manipulation
Our clinic follows FDA guidelines in the preparation and handling of all cellular therapies including stem cells. All procedures done in the clinic are Level 1 procedures which are the safest class of procedures for the patient. This means the patient remains fully conscious during the procedure and that only local anesthetics are used.
Regarding the medical effectiveness of stem cell procedures the National Center for Bio Technology Information has this to say in a mini review:
“Total knee replacements come together with high effort and costs and are not always successful. The aim of this review is to outline the latest advances in stem cell therapy for knee osteoarthritis as well as highlight some of the advantages of stem cell therapy over traditional approaches aimed at restoration of cartilage function in the knee,” said Dr. Kristen Uth and Dr. Dimitar Trifinov, co-authors of the review.
They conclude: “Stem cell therapy may not become a standard treatment for knee Osteoarthritis until the end of the decade due to various aspects regarding the clinical safety (e.g., risk of complications after the procedure, compatibility of donor stem cells) and the affordability of this treatment for the general public.”
This is an HONEST appraisal of where we currently stand with Stem Cell Therapy. While there are some risks to any procedure and affordability concerns, this is true of any new medical technology. Lastly, we should not forget that there are many situations that arrive after surgery that create unexpected expenses and negative outcomes.
It is estimated that 1/3 of patients who undergo knee and hip replacement surgeries should never have taken them in the first place. Unseen costs and complications arise which should make us pause to consider alternatives. We are typically finding that patients are experiencing positive results from hybrid Stem Cell Therapies, including #Prolotherapy and #PRP which in our opinion carry less risk than invasive knee surgery . If we are able to help patients have less pain and perform activities of daily living with less limitations, that is a win-win situation. If we can do that while lessening surgical risks it is a triple win for patients.
We will only advise Stem Cell Procedures if we feel your body will holistically and positively respond to the treatment. We see ourselves as Functional Medicine proponents seeking long-term and lasting results for our patients. Finally, as discussed in the article above, we do not typically advocate Stem Cell Therapies for severely damaged, bone on bone type of knee osteoarthritis, although some patients have responded positively in that situation, despite having little visible cartilage. Hope wins…!
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