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BONITA SPRINGS, FL (MEDICALMASTERS.ORG) AUGUST 08: Dr. Steve Coleman, D.O., medical director of 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 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.

Honduras Map: Medical Prolotherapy Mission With Dr. Steve 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, 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 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, 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 Has Stem Cell Treatment For Neck

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 Tries Stem Cell Therapy For Elbow & Shoulder Joint

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.



Chris Johnson Tries Stem Cell Therapy For Left Knee

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 Tries Stem Cell Treatment for Spine & Back

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 Tries Stem Cell Therapy For Elbow Joint

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.


AJ Foyt Tries Stem Cell Therapy for Ankle & Shoulder

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.”

Can regenerative medicine help the man in the street?

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 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.


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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.

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Knee injuries and ailments are often painful, debilitating issues. Unfortunately, the procedures that can fix them are often just as painful and inconvenient. Prolotherapy, however, is different, and is changing the way knee injuries are treated. Below are the top five reasons why prolotherapy is gaining favor for treating knee injuries:

1. Prolotherapy is Simple and Effective 

Prolotherapy is a single injection procedure of a mild irritant into the weakened or injured area. It works by creating a small, controlled injury that stimulates the body’s natural healing processes. This causes new tissue to be created in the injured area, strengthening and healing weakened, torn, or stretched tendons and ligaments. Prolotherapy is both simple and effective, and relies on the body’s own healing abilities, making it a preferred solution over other, more drastic alternatives.

2. Prolotherapy Improves Mobility More Than Other Treatments

According to clinical studies, prolotherapy has been shown to be more effective at decreasing the pain and stiffness of a patient’s knee, while increasing the knee’s physical function than other treatments, such as physical therapy.

3. Prolotherapy Has No Adverse Side Effects

Countless prolotherapy  treatments have not been shown to have any adverse side effects. This is great news for those who know how painful, and often harmful, some procedures to treat knee injuries can be. Since prolotherapy is simply a dextrose injection, there is no real cause for any adverse effects.

4. Prolotherapy is Being Practiced by a Growing Number of Physicians

The increased use of prolotherapy by experts in the field of treating knee pain is a big reason why the treatment is gaining favor. Prolotheraphy is performed by a wide number of physicians, and has even gained recognition from reputable institutions such as the Mayo Clinic and Harvard Medical School.

5.  Prolotherapy Improves Tendon Strength

Clinical studies have shown prolotherapy increases the strength of the tendons in the injection area. In one study, the tendons of those who underwent prolotherapy were 31% stronger, 47% larger, and 28% thicker than those in the control group. This means those suffering from a knee injury can expect to see a large improvement in their knee’s functionality after undergoing prolotherapy.


Dr. Steve Coleman, Founder, MedicalMasters.Org, recently completed a successful medical mission trip to Honduras where he treated an 88-year old male suffering from chronic knee pain (and complications stemming from previous hip surgery) with Prolotherapy.

“The patient could not , or would not bend the knee on his own accord due to pain and loss of range of motion. There was no joint effusion or swelling. The anterior drawer test was negative, but the posterior drawer test was slightly positive, indicating posterior cruciate ligament damage,” said Dr. Coleman.

The first dextrose injections gave the patient almost immediate benefit and pain relief, allowing him to walk out the building, something the patient would have considered impossible prior to Dr. Coleman’s intervention. Read the full case study here: