StemCell ARTS will be closed this Thursday, November 28th and Friday, November 29th. In the case of a medical emergency, call 911 or go to your nearest emergency room.
On behalf of our entire staff, we are thankful for the opportunity to provide quality care to our patients and best wishes to you and your family for a healthy, happy, and pain-free Thanksgiving!
Although we’re away for the extended Thanksgiving holiday weekend, we’ll still be accepting appointment requests. Please keep in mind that we will be able to respond when our offices re-open on the week of December 2nd. Thanks for your patience and understanding. To request your appointment, click below!
The regenerative and pain medicine experts at Stem Cell Arts were recently named the primary providers in the Washington, D.C. metro area for All Elite Wrestling’s professional athletes during their event at Capitol One Arena in October.
All Elite Wrestling (AEW) is a new professional wrestling promotion that offers an alternative to mainstream wrestling and features a growing roster of world-class male and female wrestlers. Thankfully, none of the athletes incurred serious injuries during AEW’s nationally televised event at Capital One in October, but they expressed their appreciation for having Stem Cell Arts’ Drs. Rodney Dade, Mayo Friedlis, Benjamin Newton and Robert Wagner available to them as the region’s expert practitioners for pain relief and help with healing injuries through regenerative therapies.
“We were pleased that AEW reached out to us because they recognized our reputation as the original stem cell-based musculoskeletal practice in the country,” Dr. Friedlis said. “Whether treating professional athletes or weekend warriors, we use the latest and safest stem cell therapies and technologies to help heal injuries quickly by using the patient’s own healing factors.”
To learn more about how Stem Cell Arts can deliver non-surgical treatment options for chronic musculoskeletal conditions such as elbow, shoulder or knee pain, contact us today.
Perhaps you missed it, but Google recently announced that it is no longer accepting ads for “unproven or experimental medical techniques.” This includes ads for stem cell therapies that have “no established biomedical or scientific basis” and/or insufficient formal clinical testing to justify widespread clinical use.
As the original stem cell-based musculoskeletal practice in the country, Stem Cell Arts is not affected by this prohibition. Our physicians are certified and licensed to perform Regenexx® advanced stem cell therapy. Regenexx® has published more peer-reviewed studies than any other orthopedic stem cell provider, accounting for approximately 44 percent of the world’s orthopedic stem cell literature (based on the cumulative number of patients treated with bone marrow stem cells as of 1/1/2019).
Since 2005, more than 98,350 Regenexx® orthopedic stem cell treatments have been performed. These breakthrough stem cell and blood platelet procedures have offered viable candidates an alternative to invasive surgeries to help heal chronic pain caused from joint and bone injuries or torn tendons and ligaments.
Deepak Srivastava, president of the International Society for Stem Cell Research, believes Google’s new policy will ultimately benefit this emerging field of biomedical science. “While stem cells have great potential to help us understand and treat a wide range of diseases, most stem cell interventions remain experimental and should only be offered to patients through well-regulated clinical trials,” he said. “The premature marketing and commercialization of unproven stem cell products threatens public health, their confidence in biomedical research, and undermines the development of legitimate new therapies.”
We couldn’t agree more. That is why we always urge patients to do their homework. Regenexx® stem cell therapy extracts healthy, living adult stem cells from the patient’s own body, concentrates those cells at the highest level possible and reinjects them into the injured area to boost their body’s ability to naturally promote healing. Our protocols for harvesting and processing stem cells are totally compliant with all FDA regulations.
If you or someone you know has considered stem cell therapy, please do your homework. Stem Cell Arts has the expertise and clinical research and data to demonstrate that our therapies are safe, effective and legitimate. Don’t take any chances.
People in pain are so anxious to find relief that they often don’t take the time to understand the risks associated with different treatments.
It is important to understand that every treatment may have some risk associated with it. Even minimally invasive procedures. That’s because the term “invasive” indicates there will be some tissue damage. Therefore, minimally invasive procedures may result in minimal tissue damage.
Injections generally result in the least tissue damage, but there are different levels of risk associated with different kinds of injections. The least invasive procedures inject a substance such as platelet rich plasma, stem cells or anything capable of initiating healing. Injections that might relieve pain or improve function—such as steroids shots—are slightly riskier since they can kill cartilage cells and/or other tissue. Injection-based procedures that destroy tissue are the most invasive, such as radiofrequency ablation which relieves pain by deadening nerves with heat.
Some minimally invasive procedures require needles that are actually more like small hollow tubes. Even within this category, the size of the tubes differ. For patients suffering from spinal stenosis, we can extract ligament tissue in the spinal canal through a tube in a procedure called minimally invasive lumbar decompression (MILD). But some spinal stenosis patients may be better treated by using a slightly larger tube to insert an interspinous spacer between their discs. Because these needles (tubes) are larger than a typical hypodermic needle, there may be more tissue damage than you would expect from a typical injection.
Even surgery spans a range from least to most invasive. A laminectomy is a less invasive surgery that usually removes something, such as a piece of vertebral bone. More invasive surgery entails inserting something. This occurs in spinal fusion, where the vertebra are bolted together.
At Stem Cell Arts, our goal is to ensure we pursue the least invasive options first. While it might be tempting to think that bigger is better and will result in the best results, this is not always the case, especially if the procedure fails or results in complications.
Every patient should know that complications can arise in any medical procedure, regardless of the level of severity. At Stem Cell Arts, patient safety is our primary goal, therefore, we will use our expertise to find the right procedure for each patient’s unique circumstance while doing everything possible to support positive outcomes and minimize risk.
If you are in pain, or are unsure about what procedures might work best for you, contact us. We’re happy to answer your questions and help you regain your quality of life.
In medicine, we always say that early diagnosis and treatment is the best way to support successful healing and recovery.
That is usually true for patients suffering from joint arthritis. But here’s some good news for those with severe, advanced knee arthritis: research reveals that even in advanced stages of the disease, the knee can respond well to our Regenexx-SD same day bone marrow based stem cell procedure. In fact, based on 14 years of data collection, we know that patients with severe arthritis who have the procedure do as well as those with mild arthritis.
A recent study by the Regenexx Science Team showed that moderate to severe knee arthritis patients, some of whom were knee replacement candidates, did very well with the procedure. Seventy percent reported more than 50 percent improvement at six months and a year out from the procedure. This supports the data we have collected that shows that the severity of knee arthritis just doesn’t matter when it comes to our Regenexx-SD procedure.
This is remarkable, considering that steroid shots, hyaluronic acid gel injections and microfracture or other cartilage repair surgery are less effective if the arthritis is severe. The same is true for platelet rich plasma (PRP) therapy. If administered early while the arthritis is still mild, PRP can bring relief that can last for a year or two. But if used in patients with severe arthritis, the relief generally lasts only weeks to months.
If you know someone who is suffering from debilitating knee arthritis and fears that joint replacement surgery is their only remaining option, please have them contact us. We welcome the opportunity to help them find non-surgical pain relief.
Don’t be fooled by some of the ads you see today for “stem cell” therapy. Many of these so-called “experts” are peddling poor quality and/or inadequate quantities of stem cells in their injections, which means that their “treatments” offer little or no hope of bringing about the magic cures they promise.
As leaders in the field of regenerative medicine with scores of clinical research and satisfied patients who attest to our success, the physicians of Stem Cell Arts know that in order for the therapy to be effective, stem cells need to be alive. That is why we harvest healthy, living stem cells from your own bone marrow to use in your treatment. We do not use amniotic and cord tissue products. Aside from presenting moral or ethical issues for some patients, these products do not provide the living stem cells needed for healing.
To ensure we get the highest quantity of quality stem cells, we generally take small amounts from many areas of your body. Some orthopedic surgeons only aspirate from the knee because it is easy and convenient. But the knee has fewer stem cells than the pelvis. We take the time to extract cells from several areas to ensure we have created the greatest opportunity for successful treatment.
Once we have finished gathering the stem cells, our on-site lab enables us to concentrate—and count—the number of cells in every sample. This is significantly different from other practices that use bedside centrifuge machines to collect bone marrow. These machines are less sophisticated than our technology which is why they tend to be very inefficient at concentrating bone marrow cells.
We also have guidelines that tell us how many cells should be injected based on the procedure we are performing. We can follow these guidelines with confidence because our technology tells us how many cells are in each dose we administer. Practices that use bedside centrifuge machines have no idea how many cells they’re delivering, which means they do not know if the dose they are giving has enough living cells to be effective.
From beginning to end, the Regenexx® Stem Cell procedure we offer at Stem Cell Arts provides our patients with the best chance for successful healing. We harvest the best living cells your own bone marrow has to offer and then take pains to know how many cells we can and should dose to support your recovery. We do not employ a one-size-fits-all process.
The moral of this story is that quality and quantity do matter. At Stem Cell Arts, we take great pains to try to alleviate your pain.