Stem Cell Therapy For Orthopedic Injuries & Arthritis

What is Stem Cell Therapy?

Mesenchymal stems cell therapy is a treatment for orthopedic conditions, such as arthritis and sports injuries.  The goal is to reduce pain and improve function. 

Stem cells used in orthopedic medicine are most often taken from the same patient. Umbilical cord tissue, called from Wharton’s Jelly is sometimes used. Stem cells taken from the same patient are usually obtained from the bone marrow or from a small amount of fat tissue. The bone marrow or fatty tissue is then injected into the target tissue to reinvigorate the healing process. 

Umbilical cord blood CANNOT be used for orthopedic conditions under current FDA guidelines.  Only an experienced regenerative medicine physician can best determine the type of treatment that is best for you after a proper evaluation and MRI review. The treatment can be done in the office with very little down time. Return to work the next day can be expected in most cases. Dr. Carter practices strictly within the FDA guidelines.

Hear CBS Sports Analyst and former NFL Linebacker Brian Jones describe his response to PRP for a rotator cuff tear in his shoulder and stem cell therapy for a meniscal tear in his knee. Both treatments were done by Dr. Alicia Carter.

Is Stem Cell Therapy Safe?

Stem cell therapy has been used for decades, but it is still considered experimental in orthopedic and sports medicine. Stem cell therapy should NOT be used as the first step in treating an orthopedic injury. The risk of bone marrow aspiration for stem cell therapy includes infection, prolonged bleeding, pain at the aspiration or donor site. The procedure is considered very safe when done by a licensed, physician (MD or DO) experienced with stem cell therapies. Chiropractors, nurses and physician assistants do not go through the same training as board-certified physicians and in many states are not allowed to provide such services. Not everyone is a good candidate for stem cell therapy. A proper medical and orthopedic evaluation with imaging is strongly recommended.

Why Choose Dr. Carter To Do My Stem Cell Treatment?

  • Dr. Carter is a Top Doctor and a regenerative medicine expert. Her success rate with stem cell therapy is over 90%.
  • While most physicians require multiple treatments, complete pain relief and improved function after just ONE treatment is often accomplished using Dr. Carter’s protocols.
  • Dr. Carter prescribes and uses medication to control injection-related pain before, during, and after the procedure for minimal discomfort.
  • Dr. Carter’s offers a complete treatment plan, not just the injection, so her patients get the best and most long-term result possible from their treatment.s

Stem Cell Therapy - FAQ

Q: Can stem cells be used to treat spine and joints?
A: Yes 

Q: Where do stem cells come from?
A: Dr. Carter may recommend one source of stem cells over another depending on the patient’s age, the type of injury or condition and other factors. Bone marrow or a small amount of abdominal fat are the usual sources. Umbilical cord tissue, called from Wharton’s Jelly is sometimes used.

Q: What is the down-time after stem cell therapy?
A: Down time can vary depending on the condition and the patient’s occupation. Most patients can return to work the next day. Exercise activity is often limited for a few weeks after treatment.

Q: Will my insurance pay for stem cell therapy?
A: Insurances almost never pay for stem cell therapy per se. Any reimbursement often depends on one’s insurance. These questions can be answered after your consult and once we know more about your condition and your insurance coverage. 

Q: How much does stem cell therapy cost?
A: The cost of stem cell treatments can vary depending on the condition being treated and whether bone marrow aspirate, fat tissue or umbilical cord tissue is utilized. Patients can use the live chat or our contact form on our website to request an estimate.

Dr. Carter’s patient and respiratory therapist, Robert M. describes his response to a stem cell treatment for knee arthritis done in March 2015. He is still pain free after just ONE treatment! 

Dr. Carter can do a preliminary telehealth visit for those interested in Stem Cell Therapy, if an in-person office is difficult due to travel distance.

Call Us to learn more: (305) 680-3527

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Dr. Carter has an excellent safety record and has taught injection techniques all across the country.

Dr. Carter’s PRP protocols are backed by the latest scientific data.  Her pre-and post injection protocols are unique and specifically tailored to the individual patient’s goals and objectives.

Fitness and sports enthusiasts of all levels, from weekend warriors to professional athletes have benefited under Dr. Carter’s care.  Performing artists with career-threatening injuries have been able to return to their profession with Dr. Carter’s holistic approach to treatment. 

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