6 Questions to Ask About Stem Cell Therapy

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6 Questions to Ask About Stem Cell Therapy

With Regenerative Therapy becoming the latest remarkable advancement in treating and healing people with osteoarthritic joint pain, there’s been an increase in clinics offering this service.

 

At Eastside Medical Group in Shaker Square, we have recently expanded our suite of Regenerative Therapy services to include treatments like Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) to umbilical cord blood (with live stem cells).

Our doctors are on staff every single (business) day with us helping people live pain-free.

Consumers should be aware of the misinformation that is widely circulated by clinics offering unproven treatments and flying in doctors from out-of-state for a day or two to perform the procedures, who are not involved in aftercare.

If you are considering any Regenerative Stem Cell Therapy, do your research. Find out the history of the office, what treatment entails, and what the recovery will be like.

 

Make sure to ask these questions as well when considering Regenerative Stem Cell Therapy:

 

What are the qualifications of the physician or medical team? How long have they been doing the injections?

Find out their training and experience with Regenerative Therapy.

Our Nurse Practioner, Jessica Gross, is on staff daily and has successfully performed hundreds of joint injections in our office.

 

Do you use a live stem cell product?

Bone marrow is one of the more well-known sources of adult stem cells, but research has uncovered that bone marrow cells lose abundance and potency with age.

Adipose-derived stem cells are another option clinics are using – these stem cells need to be spun down in a centrifuge and manipulated with chemical additives before injection.

While the chance of rejection is next to zero with both of these, the effectiveness is greatly reduced than if using an immune-privileged live stem cell product like umbilical cord blood containing mesenchymal stem cells.

Umbilical cord blood and amniotic allograft are most used at Eastside Medical Group. Here is a brief breakdown of each:

Umbilical Cord Blood / Live Stem Cells

  • Donors are selected following an intensive and complete medical review and pre-natal evaluation prior to delivery
  • Contains growth factors and an abundant amount of live cells, including stem cells
  • Derived exclusively from the umbilical cord after live c-section delivery of a baby
  • Immune-privileged so there is no chance of rejection.

100% Amniotic Allograft Injection

  • Acellular, frozen, non-irradiated, 100% pure amniotic fluid allograft
  • Retains its bioactivity with more than 200 growth factors proven present as well as hyaluronic acid and cytokines
  • Membrane and chorion free
  • Able to be injected through as small as a 30 gauge needle

 

Our products are FDA regulated as a human cell and tissue product (HCT/P) and are intended for homologous (human to human) use.

 

What kind of results can I expect? Do you have patient testimonials from your clinic specifically?

While we’re seeing great outcomes with Regenerative Stem Cell Therapy, like all things in medicine, there are no guarantees.

Most patients feel a difference in pain and inflammation almost immediately. Clinically we expect significantly improved function in 1-3 months.

At Eastside Medical Group we have in-house testimonials, including our very own Dr. McKeigan, who experienced great results with PRP in his shoulder.

 

How much will the treatment cost?

For now, most of these Regenerative Therapies are not covered by insurance, do not let anyone tell you different.

Our office provides not only an affordable price model but we also offer financing options that offer excellent payment plans; we also accept most major credit cards.

 

How are you sure of where the injection goes and if the stem cells are placed where needed most?

Make sure that the physician knows how to accurately inject the stem cells into the actual damaged or degenerated area of the joint; this is the only way for them to be fully effective.

Make sure your provider will use some form of imaging (ultrasound or fluoroscopy) to guide the injection. Do not go if the clinic is using a “blind injection” technique.

All of our Regenerative Stem Cell Therapy injections are performed by our Nurse Practioner, Jessica Gross, with guided ultrasound.

 

What kind of follow-up treatments are needed?

Post-injection healing and treatments are important for maximizing your results.

A lot of clinics offer the injection and send you home with instructions for rehabilitation, with only a few follow-up appointments afterward. It is highly important to ask what the rehabilitation plan is and what the do’s and don’ts are following the injection.

At Eastside Medical Group, we treat the patient as a whole. Your rehabilitation plan may include any combination of the following:

  • Postural Assessments
  • Core Strengthening Exercises
  • Clinical Massage
  • Trigger Point Therapy
  • Chiropractic

 


To find out more about Regenerative Therapy including Stem Cell Therapy options, request your FREE no-obligation appointment today by filling out the form below.


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Knee Surgery or Stem Cell Therapy?

Thanks to advancements in the use of Regenerative Stem Cell Therapy for chronic knee pain, knee replacement surgery is not the only option.

 

There have been many innovations in the use of stem cells for knee injuries and osteoarthritis. While stem cells may come from various sources, our focus is on using products like umbilical cord blood and amniotic allograft.

Here is how Regenerative Stem Cell Therapy knee injections might be able to help your knees and get you back to leading an active and healthy lifestyle faster and with no downtime compared to traditional knee replacement surgery.

Let’s start with the basics.

 

What are Stem Cells?

Unlike other cells, stem cells are unspecialized or undifferentiated cells in our bodies that have the capacity to change into any healthy cell in our body. Meaning they can change into skin, bone, heart, and muscle cells to name a few. They have the unique ability to divide or differentiate into many types of cells with specific functions – such as muscle, skin or bone cells.

Stem cells can also give rise to new generations of undifferentiated stem cells, thus renewing themselves. Stem cells are located throughout our body in almost every organ and tissue such as bone marrow, fat, teeth, muscles, etc. 

 


Regenerative Stem Cell Therapy has been acknowledged in medical history across the world as a big discovery in natural healing. 


 

What are Stem Cells Used For?

At Eastside Medical Group, we are excited about Regenerative Stem Cell Treatments for knees because the knee injections can dramatically reduce a person’s need for surgery.

Instead of having to replace a knee with an artificial implant (that sometimes gets recalled from the manufacturer), stem cell therapy injections can be used to regrow new and healthy tissues that have been damaged and are in danger of or are degenerating.

 


Currently, the best results for Regenerative Stem Cell Therapy are most often seen in osteoarthritic joints.


 

Risks and Benefits of Regenerative Stem Cell Therapy for Knees

I’m sure you are already aware of the several risks associated with knee replacement surgery.

When you choose Regenerative Stem Cell Treatment as an alternative for knee replacement, however, most of those risks evaporate. The biggest risk you’ll face is the risk of infection at the injection site, but that is extremely rare because the procedure is so minimally invasive.

 

The benefits of Regenerative Stem Cell Therapy for knees, on the other hand, are excellent! 

  • The procedure is relatively quick, especially compared to surgery. The outpatient procedure can be done in less than 30 minutes.
  • The costs involved are reasonable compared to other clinics offering the same treatment. Your post-injection rehab is also covered by most major medical insurance.
  • Stem cell therapy for knees is natural. The stem cell treatments we use are derived exclusively after delivery of a baby, which is the safest and least-invasive method of extraction available. All donors go through a rigorous screening process, as determined by the FDA and American Association of Tissue Banks (AATB).

How about that recovery time comparison?

With surgery, the recovery time can last for months, hindering you from getting back to your life and even work.

With Regenerative Stem Cell Therapy, your recovery time is minimal. You walk in and walk out of the procedure on your own! In a few weeks, following the proper post-injection treatment protocol, you’ll begin to increase your activity levels and do more.

 


Eastside Medical Group offers a full-range of Regenerative Therapies in order to give our patients access to the widest range of treatments for fuller healing and relief.


 

How do I know if Regenerative Stem Cell Therapy is right for me?

The best way to find out if you’d be a good candidate is to talk to one of our doctors.

Book your FREE initial evaluation to find out if Regenerative Stem Cell Therapy is right for you.

Regenerate before you operate!

 

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