Stem Cell Therapy For Orthopedic Injuries and Arthritis
Stems cell therapy is a cutting-edge technology that is now widely being used in orthopedic and sports medicine. The procedure involves using a patient’s own stem cells, which have the unique property of being able to develop into many different cell types, to treat injuries and arthritis. Stem cells can be found in our bone marrow, fat cells and other tissues. These cells are frequently taken from the bone marrow or from a small amount of fat tissue, where a high concentration of stem cells can be extracted. This concentration is known as bone marrow aspirate or lipoaspirate respectively.
The aspirate (containing the stem cells) is then injected into the site of injury so the cells can help repair the injured or degenerative tissue. Stem cell therapy is also commonly used to treat arthritis, meniscal tears and a variety of orthopedic and medical conditions. Patients can experience significant pain relief and improved function within a few months after the procedure.
Risks Associated with Stem Cell Therapy
Although stem cell therapy has been used for decades, 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. In addition, the risk of bone marrow aspiration for stem cell therapy includes infection, prolonged bleeding, pain at the aspiration or injection site and bruising
The best way to determine if you are a candidate for stem cell therapy is to have a thorough evaluation by a physician experienced with stem cell therapies. Stem cell therapy is usually not covered by insurance. However, depending on the type of treatment that is needed, partial reimbursement may be possible.
Stem Cell Therapy for Other Conditions
Stem cell therapy is now being used to treat advanced lung disease/COPD and for cosmetic purposes. The primary focus of Dr. Carter’s practice is orthopedics, but treatment for the above conditions can also be offered to her patients.
Why Choose Integrated Spine and Orthopedic Rehabilitation
- Dr. Carter’s does a comprehensive 1-hour orthopedic evaluation. She takes the time to thoroughly understand the patient’s lifestyle and to determine why the injury or condition developed and why other treatments might have failed. Based on the patient’s goals and to ensure the success of stem cell treatment, activity or exercise modifications are often recommended.
- The success rate for patients receiving stem cell therapy for arthritic conditions in Dr. Carter’s practice is over 90%. Most patients experience complete pain relief and significantly improved function.
- Dr. Carter has almost a decade of experience with regenerative medicine procedures and is an active member of the International Society of Regenerative Medicine.
- Dr. Carter has been consistently rated a Top Doctor by numerous organizations.
- Complimentary car service is provided to and from Dr. Carter’s office for patients receiving stem cell therapy.
- A complimentary session with one of Dr. Carter’s in-house physical therapists is provided one week after treatment to start the rehabilitative process.
Dr. Carter offers a complimentary 10-minute phone consultation for those interested in stem cell therapy.
FAQ – Stem Cell Therapy
Q: Does Dr. Carter perform stem cell treatments for the spine and joints?
A: Yes. Dr. Carter treats virtually all orthopedic and sports conditions and can use stem cell treatments for most, including disorders and injuries of the spine.
Q: Where does Dr. Carter get the stem cells from?
A: Stem cells can be obtained from the bone marrow/pelvic bone or from a small amount of abdominal fat tissue.
Q: Is stem cell therapy covered by insurance?
A: Stem cell therapy is typically not covered by insurances. However, depending on your condition, partial reimbursement may be possible. Reimbursement questions can be answered in more detail after your consult and once we know more about your insurance coverage.
Q: How much does stem cell therapy cost?
A: The price can vary depending on the type of condition being treated and whether bone marrow aspirate or fat tissue is utilized to acquire the stem cells.
Q: Do I have to pay for the initial consult?
A: It depends on your insurance plan. Any upfront costs for the initial consult will be deducted from the total cost of the stem cell procedure done by Dr. Carter. If you are not a good candidate or if you choose not to proceed with stem cell therapy, then the consultation feet is nonrefundable – however, alternative treatments will be thoroughly discussed. We will gladly submit the consult visit claim to your insurance company on your behalf, which may or may not be reimbursable.