What is Stem Cell Therapy?
Stems cell therapy is a new treatment for arthritis, orthopedic conditions and sports injuries. The goal is to reduce pain and improve function.
Stem cells can be taken from the same patient, a 1st or 2nd degree blood relative or from Wharton’s Jelly (umbilical cord tissue). When stem cells are taken from the same patient, they 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.
Dr. Carter practices strictly within the FDA guidelines.
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.
Why Choose Dr. Carter To Do My Stem Cell Treatment?
- Dr. Carter’s does an extremely thorough orthopedic examination to best address the root of the orthopedic problem. An individualized post-treatment protocol is given to her patients to ensure a positive long-term outcome.
- Dr. Carter has over a 90% success rate. While most physicians require multiple treatments, complete pain relief and improved function after just ONE treatment is often accomplished using Dr. Carter’s protocols.
- Complimentary transportation is offered to and from Dr. Carter’s office for patients receiving stem cell therapy.
Stem Cell Therapy - FAQ
Q: Can stem cells be used to treat spine and joints?
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.
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: 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.
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.
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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.