Several months ago, we discussed a procedure called Platelet Rich Plasma therapy (PRP), which uses the power of a patient’s own blood cells to heal damaged tissues such as tendons, ligaments and muscles. A very similar technique can be used to treat certain injuries and chronic pain by extracting STEM CELLS from the patient’s own body and using them to facilitate healing of the damaged tissue. I successfully use this therapy regularly on many patients struggling with injured joints or chronic soft tissue pain.

What Are Stem Cells? 
I’m so glad you asked! Stem cells are primitive cells which are the precursors to every different and specialized cell in our bodies. Before we grow skin cells, they begin as stem cells. Before we grown blood cells, they begin as stem cells. And on, and on…… Literally, they have the potential to grow into just about ANYTHING in the body. Because of the amazing regenerative properties of these stem cells we have learned how to help regrow damaged tissue in discs, ligaments, and injured muscles.

How Does It Work?
Just as in PRP therapy, a needle is used to aspirate a small amount of bone marrow or fat from which to derive the stem cells from. This is minimally invasive and relatively painless and quick, and within minutes the stem cells are isolated and ready to be injected into the affected area. The procedure can be performed in office under local anesthesia or in an outpatient surgery center (same day) under IV anesthesia. My patients are generally very comfortable in either setting. I use these advanced stem cell treatments to improve the lives of patients suffering from osteoarthritis, meniscal tears of the knee, muscular tears, chronic rotator cuff pain/tears, discogenic back pain, and persistent tendon & ligament tears (such as tennis elbow, plantar fasciitis, and patellar tendon tears).

If traditional treatment and physical therapy have not relieved your pain then it’s time we consider using Stem Cell therapy. I encourage you to make an appointment so we can discuss the options and get you on your way - PAIN FREE!

Trading your pain for action with cutting-edge healthcare,

Dr. Chad Stephens, D.O.

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