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Amniotic “Stem Cells” v. Autologous Stem Cells

There has been a recent, growing interest in what is being marketed as “amniotic stem cells” for orthopedic conditions. Marketers of this product claim that they work the same, or better than autologous stem cells, but at a fraction of the cost. These samples are derived from processed amniotic/placental tissue. In order to call their bluff, the Centeno-Schultz Clinic in Broomfield, CO have actually tested the contents of these “stem cells”. It was found that while there are growth factors and extracellular proteins in them, they have no living cells! Therefore, they are legally not allowed to market the product as living cells per FDA regulations, they must register as an ‘acellular’ product. In contrast, our stem cells come right from yourself, and are taken from the back of your iliac crest (hip). They are meticulously processed and counted the same day in our high-tech laboratory which are in compliance of FDA guidelines. So while these new treatments seems like it could be too good to be true, they probably might be.

See what Dr. Centeno has to say about Amniotic ‘Stem Cells’!

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Did You Know About Our Webinars?

Last week we held our Educational Seminar in Tysons Corner, VA. We have gotten many inquiries on when our next seminar dates are for those who could not make it. While the dates are not set in stone, patients are able to attend a recorded Webinar! They are held once every few days, and patients are sent an email reminder of their chosen date and time. This is a recorded session of the physicians at a typical Patient Education Seminar. It includes and overview of the regenerative procedures available at StemCell ARTS such as, Prolotherapy, Platelet Rich Plasma, Platelet Lysate, and Stem Cells. Here, potential patients can also find the answers to many frequently asked questions. Click the link to register yourself for our next Webinar!

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Diagnosing Pain with Steroid Injections Before Regenerative Treatments

Pinpointing pain can often be a difficult task. When patients come to see our physicians, they have been dealing with their pain for months or even years. Low back pain plagues 31 million Americans at any given time. Platelets and Prolotherapy have been proven in our practice to effectively help treat low back pain. Since these procedures are not yet covered under insurances, our physicians perform diagnostic cortisone injections in order to determine which areas are causing patients pain. If a patient is able to be provided relief from these diagnostic injections, then platelets or prolotherapy will be the next steps. Regenerative treatments are scheduled three to four weeks after any steroid injections. Platelets and prolotherapy aim to create inflammation in order to alert your body to send repair cells to the site. Steroids inhibit inflammation, and therefore, counterintuitive to regenerative treatments.

While we hope that one day, these effective treatments will be accepted and paid for by insurance companies, there is not yet a set timeline. Sometimes one or two cortisone injections are all that it takes to settle down an inflamed nerve. For those with chronic back pain that have exhausted the use of steroids, our regenerative procedures could be your answer. Contact our office to schedule your consultation to determine your candidacy for our procedures!

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Robert Wagner, M.D. Featured Expert on PRP & Regenerative Therapy at the INOVA Sports Medicine Symposium 2017

For the fifth year in a row, Dr. Robert Wagner has been delivering an engaging Regenerative Medicine lecture at the annual INOVA Sports Medicine Symposium. His presentation revolves around an array of sophisticated diagnostic and treatment options, including regenerative medicine, for musculoskeletal injuries. This year, he presented on “My Patellar Tendon and Achilles are Angry: Can I avoid surgery?”

His recent lecture at the Annual Sports Medicine Symposium at INOVA Center for Personalized Health focused on the following:

  • Discuss the process of tendon degradation and dysfunction
  • Discuss the role of PRP and other alternative treatments for chronic tendonitis/tendinosis
  • Discuss the future role of regenerative therapy

Board certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Dr. Robert Wagner is a leading physician from NSPC and StemCell Arts and a highly sought after pain management expert from our Tysons Corner, Virginia center. He specializes in diagnosing and treating injuries of the spine, joints, tendons, nerves and ligaments by utilizing injection techniques. Dr. Wagner also has extensive experience treating acute and chronic injuries with Stem Cell TherapyPlatelet Rich Plasma (PRP) and Prolotherapy. He has lectured and mentored clinicians nationally on these innovative techniques and their application for healing chronic pain conditions.

While Dr. Wagner’s lecture at the INOVA event was a true success, we’d also like to highlight the significance of sharing educational information about these innovative techniques and their efficacy for healing chronic pain conditions.

Stem Cell Therapy and PRP treatments are safe, highly effective alternatives to surgery for people who suffer from joint or bone pain due to degenerative conditions, torn or strained tendons or ligaments or other common joint injuries.

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Alternatives to Spinal Stenosis Surgery

Often, when patients are diagnosed with spinal stenosis, the only solution most physicians and surgeons give them is surgery. Stenosis occurs when there is a narrowing in the spinal canal; this narrowing causes trapped nerves which can produce symptoms of sciatica. Weakness, numbness, and tingling (down legs and buttocks) can be a result of these trapped nerves. The most common surgery for spinal stenosis is ‘decompressive laminectomy’. This surgery involves removing a portion of the bone or thickened tissue that is compressing the nerves. Laminectomies are often coupled with spinal fusions in order to provide the back with more support. For those who wish to avoid such an invasive procedure, StemCell ARTS with Regenexx has a solution for you!

Regenerative Options

Our physicians are able to provide customized treatment plans for patients suffering from pain due to spinal stenosis. Platelet Lysate is a treatment we utilize for trapped nerves. The process starts with a venous blood draw. After that, we hand process your sample in our state-of-the-art lab, and separate the platelet from red blood cells. We then freeze the platelets and break them open to extract the growth serum inside. These growth factors are then injected by the doctor around the nerves to calm the inflammation.

See how Dr. Centeno helped Kathie overcome the pain from her spinal stenosis in order to help her continue her coral restoration work!

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Did You Know: That Women Have Slightly Better Recovery Rates?

Same-Day Stem Cell Treatment

At StemCell ARTS, we have seen an interesting trend among older women. We have found that women who were middle-aged, and slightly over-weight, have seen higher improvement rates than men with our same-day stem cell knee procedures. We are unsure as to why, although we do find that women tend to be more cautious after their stem cell series; while men are usually more eager to get back to physical activities. While our procedures do provide patients with less down time, intense physical activity too soon afterwards could do more harm than good. Although it is difficult to narrow down healing to one specific factor, we have seen that a combination of diet, exercise, and supplements really helps.

Positive Patient Outcomes

But men, do not be discouraged! We have an average success rate of 75%! Meaning that 50% of all patients (men and women) who were treated reported an average of 50% or more in pain relief. See our knee infographic here for a more detailed breakdown.

We welcome both men and women to contact our StemCell ARTS clinic and schedule your appointment today!

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Happy Women’s Health Month!

Pelvic Pain in Women

We here at StemCell ARTS appreciate all that women (especially our mothers) do for us! We understand that women who have been pregnant are more susceptible to pelvic pain, as child-birth causes trauma to that area. The ligaments around the pubic symphysis get stretched out, and can cause instability; this in turn can cause deferred pain in the hips and low back. Often, these pains are misdiagnosed, and steroid injections provide only temporary relief because they are not treating the source of the problem.

SCA Treatments for Pelvic Pain

Here in our clinic, we provide customized treatments that are able to help tighten up those sacral ligaments and tendons to help relieve pain. Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) injections are concentrated autologous platelets that are hand-processed in our laboratory. Once injected, they are able to shorten and strengthen tendons and ligaments. Prolotherapy is sometimes also an option for those with less severe pain. It is a dextrose-based solution that is injected into the pelvis and surrounding ligaments, also in an effort to tighten them. Prolotherapy causes inflammation which tells your body’s repair cells to congregate to the site, which might have been an old injury that your body has forgotten about. Our treatments can help women (and men) get back to those kids that initially caused your pain!

See how Dr. Friedlis describes diagnosing and treating pelvic pain here at StemCell ARTS!

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Let Us Help You Get Your Life Back!

Not all injuries occur through strenuous exercise or overuse. Some are caused by car accidents like our next testimonial, Denise Lawson. She experienced pain in her head, neck and shoulder afterwards, which is typical in a high-impact wreck. For some, these symptoms typically fade over time, but for Denise, this eventually lead to degenerative disc disease in her neck. At first the pain was tolerable. As time went on, it became debilitating and she could no longer raise her arm above her head without experiencing searing pain. After exhausting all forms of interventional treatments such as cortisone injections, acupuncture and chiropractor, she finally turned to regenerative treatments.

Diagnosing Treatable Issues

During her consultation, much care and consideration was brought into creating a suitable treatment plan to help with her pain. Our physicians look at the bigger picture and treat our patients as a whole. They saw that her pain in the neck and shoulder were related and those areas were able to be treated at the same time. She started small with our super concentrated Platelet Rich Plasma treatment, which can be customized to the physician’s orders. Our Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) can help heal small tears, sprains and strains in tendon and ligaments. After a few injections she was able to go back to the physical activities she once loved and never thought she could do again, such as boat racing on the Potomac River! She was so happy with the progress in her neck and shoulder that she decided to undergo stem cells in her knee once she started to experience pain there as well. Today, she is completely healed and rowing her way to a long, pain-free life!

Read about her story here and schedule your appointment to get you on the road back to what you love!

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