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Are the Regenerative Treatments Offered at StemCell ARTS Worth the Cost you Pay?

Currently insurances are not recognizing regenerative treatments as a covered service. Although multiple studies have been conducted, and data has been collected, the procedures are still considered “new” and “experimental.” As a result, this leaves patients with a choice; do they opt for a more invasive and sometimes problematic surgery, which is covered under insurance, or do they choose conservative regenerative treatments that are out of pocket? Although they both can be extremely successful, surgery vs. regenerative treatments always raises the question, “is the reward worth the risk?”

For many patients, surgery seems like the best option for pain relief. All of the office visits are covered, along with the surgery and post-surgery rehab. Patients are left to worry about little, other than their recovery. It may seem like insurance has everything covered, but patients still have their copays, high deductibles and coinsurances to worry about. Even though it seems like insurance carries the majority of the cost, most patients find themselves paying a large portion of this “covered” procedure out of their own pockets.

Recognized as a non-covered service, regenerative treatments offer patients the risk of out of pocket expenses, but the reward of non-invasive natural treatments that require little to no down time. New biological treatments offered at StemCell ARTS use the body’s natural healing mechanisms to treat various musculoskeletal conditions without the need for surgery. As a newer treatment in medicine, these procedures, though well supported with data, are currently not covered under any private insurance company.

Although the full cost is the patient’s responsibility, the Regenexx Protocol used at StemCell ARTS is a perfect example of “you get what you pay for.” With our in-office state of the art lab, we are able to offer patients the most advanced regenerative therapies for musculoskeletal conditions. Our technicians are able to isolate and concentrate each blood and stem cell sample to obtain the purest and strongest product, giving patients the maximum benefit with the minimal amount of treatments.

Before making any decisions or commitments, patients can schedule an initial consultation with one of the physicians at StemCell ARTS to have a comprehensive evaluation. StemCell ARTS participates with the majority of major insurance companies and the initial consultation visit, along with any follow ups, are submitted through the patient’s insurance. The patient will be responsible for their co-payment and deductible while in the office, and the remaining bill will be submitted to insurance for reimbursement.

The pricing for each procedure is based on the area being treated and the procedure being performed. As a general range, the procedures can run between $1,000 – $7,500. Following the consultation with the doctor and a treatment plan has been established, patients will receive more information regarding an exact price.

If you have been recommended to have an invasive surgery and are interested in exploring other options, call our office at 703-738-4381 to schedule an appointment with one the StemCell ARTS physicians.

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StemCell ARTS has a new Sports Medicine Physician

StemCell ARTS and National Spine & Pain Centers are pleased to introduce the newest doctor to our medical team. Dr. Benjamin J. Newton will be practicing out of both the Chevy Chase and Tysons Corner locations. He is excited to bring his expertise and knowledge in the diagnosis and treatment of orthopedic sports injuries and musculoskeletal conditions. Dr. Newton spent a number of years treating athletes of all levels, from high school to professional. He developed his skills in regenerative medicine while completing a fellowship with the Centeno-Schultz clinic in Colorado.

Experienced in both interventional and regenerative therapies, Dr. Newton is delighted to start seeing English and Spanish speaking patients. View the video, below, to hear more about Dr. Newton.


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SCA Physicians Named “Top Doctors” by Northern Virginia Magazine

Stem Cell Arts is proud to announce that our expert physicians, Drs. Rodney Dade, Mayo Friedlis, Robert Wagner have been awarded Top Doctors in Northern Virginia’s 2016 magazine. This is a well-known listing of outstanding physicians who have received votes from physicians all around the Northern Virginia region and local hospital panels. Congratulations on these impressive accolades and we thank you for continuing to provide great quality care to patients in need!

Here is some information on each of these award-winning doctors. Check out their full biographies for more information.

rodney_dade_top_docRodney B. Dade, MD

Dr. Dade had been a key member of National Spine and Pain Centers since 1995. He joined our medical team after serving as an attending Physician at the University of Michigan Hospital System. An expert practitioner with interventional pain management techniques, Dr. Dade provides a mixture of conventional and complimentary medicine to help patients achieve significant pain relief without surgery and enables them to return to normal, active lifestyles. (Click to read more) 

bio-large_mayofriedlisMayo Friedlis, MD

Since joining National Spine& Pain Centers in 1983, Dr. Friedlis has helped expand the practice into the thriving, nationally recognized leader it is today. He is passionate about the science of pain management and committed to delivering the most effective therapies possible to each of his patients. Throughout his 25+ years of experience he has actively enhanced his knowledge and expertise through continuing education, training and research. This has established him in the region as the foremost practitioner of Regenerative therapies for musculoskeletal injuries. (Click to read more) 

robert wagnerRobert Wagner, MD

A native of Northern Virginia, Dr. Wagner returned to the area after completing his medical training throughout the state of Virginia. He joined National Spine & Pain Centers in 1999, and soon became well known among his colleagues and patients as a talented and knowledgeable pain specialist. His skills in advanced, non-surgical techniques have helped countless patients resolve complex pain issues and return to healthy lives. (Click to read more)  

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StemCell ARTS and Dr. Mayo Friedlis Featured on Great Day Washington

Dr. Mayo Friedlis of StemCell ARTS is interviewed in this Great Day Washington segment, where he discusses non-surgical Regenexx orthopedic stem cell treatments and regenerative blood platelet procedures used to treat joint injuries, arthritis and spine pain. StemCell ARTS offers these procedure in our offices in McLean, VA and Chevy Chase, MD.


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Stay In The Game: Treat Injuries Using Your Own Platelets and Stem Cells

PRESENTER: Dr. Mayo Friedlis
WHEN: Wednesday, November 11, 2015
TIME: 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
WHERE: Bodysmith Gym + Studios – 1630 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20009
RSVP: or 703-738-4381

Don’t cover the pain, heal it! Please join us for a fun and informative event discussing how these new technologies are helping athletes to return to their sport sooner!

StemCell ARTS, an affiliate of National Spine and Pain Centers, provides a family of non-surgical, regenerative treatments for common injuries and joint conditions. These adult stem cell and platelet procedures are designed to increase function and decrease pain. These treatment options can help patients avoid the lengthy periods of downtime and rehabilitation resulting from invasive surgeries.

Please join us for the opportunity to have your questions answered by one of the area’s leading regenerative medicine experts.


Mayo Friedlis, MD

BS, University of Michigan
MD, Wayne State University School of Medicine

Residency & Internship
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Sinai Hospital of Detroit

Board Certified
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation


  • Degenerative conditions, such as arthritis
  • Labral, ACL, Meniscus, and Rotator Cuff Tears
  • Tendinitis
  • Joint Instability
  • Plantar Fasciitis

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Dr. Mayo Friedlis Invited By Chinese University of Hong Kong

Dr. Mayo Friedlis Invited By Chinese University of Hong Kong to Lecture Primary Care Physicians on “The Role of Injection Therapy in Musculoskeletal Intervention” on July 4, 2015

StemCell ARTS, an affiliate of National Spine & Pain Centers, is proud toannounce that Dr. Mayo Friedlis was invited to co-lead the esteemed “CUHK Primary Care Symposium 2015” on July 4, 2015 in Hong Kong, N.T, People’s Republic of China. Dr. Friedlis will present a Plenary Lecture on “Musculoskeletal Intervention of Primary Care Physicians: The Role on Injection Therapy”. His poster presentation intends to inspire the advancement of primary care physicians’ understanding of regenerative medicine.

Dr. Friedlis is a pain management specialist, and has been practicing for over 25 years. He is considered to be a pioneer physician in the field of regenerative medical therapies. In his view, scientifically, regenerative medical therapies are demonstrating promise in reducing the pain from musculoskeletal injuries and degenerative conditions of the knee, shoulder, back, hip, and spinal joints and ligaments. Dr. Friedlis’ presentation is designed to educate primary care physicians about specific injection therapy techniques such as stem cell therapy, platelet rich plasma (PRP), platelet lysate, and prolotherapy. These advanced medical techniques are performed in a doctor’s office, often same day, and offer the patient the convenience and cost-savings of little down time. These procedures are rapidly becoming an alternative or method of deferral for expensive joint replacement surgeries of the knee and hip. He advocates for the use of Injection Therapy in non-invasive regenerative procedures, and the important role it plays in promoting more rapid healing through the use of your body’s own healing mechanisms with adult stem cells and blood platelets.

Dr. Friedlis frequently lectures on the subject of regenerative injection techniques, both nationally and internationally. He has been instrumental in bringing regenerative techniques to many countries throughout the world.

Dr. Friedlis is Past-President and sits on the Board of Directors of the American Association of Orthopedic Medicine and co-chairs its Education Committee in Virginia. In addition, he was recently appointed to the prestigious American Society of Interventional Pain Practitioners'(ASIPP) Regenerative Medicine Committee. He has been honored by his peers who vote him a “Top Doctor” in WASHINGTONIAN Magazine and NORTHERN VIRGINIA Magazine. He has also appeared on FOX5-WTTG, WUSA9 and other news outlets.

Injection therapy techniques are rapidly being adopted as potential alternatives to invasive orthopedic techniques such a joint replacement surgery, or used as an adjunct to help a patient heal faster. Many patients say they seek and prefer these innovative, natural techniques to avoid the extensive recovery period that surgical procedures require. Joint replacements often need to be replaced approximately every 15-20 years. Hence, some patients may need multiple joint replacement surgeries over the course of their lifetimes.

The event location is the Shaw Auditorium, School of Public Health Building, Prince of Wales Hospital, Shatin, Hong Kong, N.T., People’s Republic of China. Event details and registration information can be found here.

For more information about Dr. Mayo Friedlis and StemCell ARTS, please visit

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Dr. Robert Wagner Named Top Doctor by Northern Virginia Magazine (Feb. 2015 edition)

robert wagnerDr. Robert Wagner, a pain management, sports medicine and stem therapy specialist has been named a 2015 Top Doctor by Northern Virginia Magazine. Dr. Wagner is an expert in both regenerative and interventional procedures. He practices at Stem Cell ARTS and National Spine and Pain Centers ( The award is given to physicians who are rated by their peers as well as by nine local hospitals in the Northern Virginia area.  Each physician selected for this prestigious award is considered to be the best by their peers and local hospitals based on peer review, internal evaluations, patient reviews, as well as overall quality of care. Dr. Wagner has had the distinction of being perennial voted a Top Doctor in the Northern Virginia Magazine survey.

Dr. Wagner specializes in diagnosing and treating injuries of the spine, joints, tendons, nerves and ligaments by utilizing injection techniques. He also has years of experience treating acute and chronic injuries with Stem Cell Therapy, Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) and Prolotherapy. He has lectured and mentored clinicians nationally on these innovative techniques and their application for healing chronic pain conditions.

Well respected within his field, Dr. Wagner is frequently asked to share his expertise through speaking and instructional venues including the American Association of Orthopaedic Medicine. He has developed workshops on injection techniques for the American Academy of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation and the American Academy of Family Practitioners. He also appeared as a featured WebMD lecturer for low back pain and has published articles relating to Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. In addition, Dr. Wagner received the Physician’s Recognition Award from the American Medical Association for his commitment to continuing medical education.

To learn more about Dr. Wagner and the other health professionals at Stem Cell ARTS, please visit the Physicians Page and click on the doctor of interest. Dr. Wagner and his medical team hold monthly informational events. Visit the Events Page for more information.

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Dr. Mayo Friedlis Named Top Doctor by Northern Virginia Magazine (Feb. 2015 edition)

bio-large_mayofriedlisDr. Mayo Friedlis of Stem Cell Arts, an affiliate of National Spine and Pain Centers, has been named a Top Doctor for 2015 by Northern Virginia Magazine.  Dr. Friedlis is a pain management, rehabilitation and stem therapy specialist at StemCell ARTS, and serves as the Medical Director at National Spine and Pain Centers. The Top Doctor award is given to physicians who are rated as outstanding by their peers as well as by nine local hospitals in the Northern Virginia area.  Physicians selected for this prestigious award are evaluated based on peer review, internal evaluations, patient reviews, as well as overall quality of care.

Dr. Friedlis is responsible for introducing the most advanced stem cell and platelet regenerative therapies into the arsenal of treatment options now available at National Spine & Pain Centers and StemCell ARTS. He is considered one of the country’s foremost practitioner of Regenerative therapies for musculoskeletal injuries. While also skilled in conventional interventional techniques, Dr. Friedlis is one of few physicians in the Washington DC metropolitan area trained to perform Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy, and is one of the first pioneering doctors in the area to use Stem Cell Therapy for musculoskeletal injuries. Over the past four years, Dr. Friedlis’ work has been showing positive results, particularly in the treatment of knee, hip and shoulder arthritis.

A frequent lecturer and educator on advanced pain management and regenerative therapies nationally and internationally, Dr. Friedlis has been instrumental in bringing regenerative techniques to many countries around the world. Passionate about treating underserved chronic pain patients, Dr. Friedlis regularly coordinates medical mission trips to in Central and Latin Americas sponsored by the prestigious American Association of Orthopedic Medicine (AAOM), where he currently sits as a member of AAOM’s Board of Directors. These missions provide much needed pain management services to poor, rural communities.

Dr. Friedlis was also recently appointed to the American Society of Interventional Pain Practitioners’ (ASIPPS’s) Regenerative Medicine Committee.

To learn more about Dr. Friedlis and the other medical professionals at StemCell ARTS, please visit

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