Medical Services

With the medical division of our clinic, we want to provide patients with the fantastic results traditional medical treatments provide, but also greatly minimize the side effects. And when possible, use more natural substances that are used in many European countries and elsewhere. We ultimately want to address the root cause of the issue, and not just cover up symptoms. Below are some of the therapies and treatments we provide.

Stem Cell Therapy

Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine is an exciting advancement in medicine! Mesenchymal Stem Cells (MSC's) occur naturally in every person, and are cells the body uses naturally to heal and repair. Injured tissues in the body give off signals, and MSC's "hone in" on those areas, and begin the process of repairing and regenerating the damaged and injured tissues. As we age, we have less and less MSC's in our body. This is why when we are younger, we can do certain activities and recover. However when we are older, it takes much longer to recover (if at all!).

  • We use stem cells that are donated. Some families choose to bank their child’s umbilical blood in case they need it in the future. Other families choose to donate their child’s umbilical blood – our stem cells come from the donated umbilical cords of live, healthy, and full-term births. Donations are screened for communicable diseases just like a blood donation.
  • Stem cells will not be seen as “foreign” by your body. Stem cells from one cord can go into several patients without the need for “typing”. Because the cells are immunonaive they will not induce a reaction from your body, so side effects are not an issue. This also means the cells are free to become the specific type of cell that your body most needs to repair itself.
  • You might be wondering why you should choose umbilical cord stem cell therapy over treatment with your own bone marrow derived stem cells. Harvesting stem cells from your bone marrow is both an uncomfortable and expensive procedure, and bone marrow stem cells mainly become blood cells. Umbilical cord (Mesenchymal) stem cells are predisposed to turn into bone cells (osteophytes), cartilage cells (chondrocytes) and muscle cells (myocytes).
  • Another common stem cell therapy is derived from your own adipose (fat) cells by having liposuction performed. Similar to bone marrow derived stem cells, the cost, invasiveness, and discomfort of the procedure are all higher with adipose derived stem cells. Umbilical cord stem cells don’t have the invasiveness, as high of cost, or the amount of post-procedure discomfort compared to adipose derived stem cells.
  • Stem cells are smart cells – they know where to go! Stem cells are attracted to the inflammatory signals your body is exerting. When injected, the stem cells will seek out the source of the inflammatory signal and adhere to the site. For this reason you will be asked to avoid taking anti-inflammatory medications (Ibuprofen, Advil, Aleve, Naproxen, etc) for one week prior to your injection, and to avoid taking these medications for 2-3 weeks after your injection. We don’t want to quiet down the signal the cells are looking for! Acetaminophen based medications like Tylenol or Hydrocodone are fine to take.
  • Stem cells are live cells! And they are most plentiful in umbilical cords. On average 1 cc of stem cells from an umbilical cord will yield 10,000,000 (10 million) active stem cells, compared to ~250,000 active stem cells taken from a 30 year old patient. Not only that, but the cells will begin multiplying once they’ve been injected into your body.
  • Umbilical stem cells replicate every 48 hours. If you receive 1 cc, you will be injected with 10,000,000 (10 million) stem cells that will double in number every 48 hours. They will do this for up to 8 weeks. While the stem cells are replicating they are recruiting your own body’s stem cells to regenerate and heal as well.
  • It is not uncommon for patients to see noticeable improvement at their first follow up, 4-6 weeks after the injection. However, the entire regeneration process can take up to 6-8 months. It is at this point that patients are able to fully appreciate their improvement.
  • There are no drug interactions or side effects with stem cells. Other than avoiding anti-inflammatory medications before and after your injection you may continue your normal routine. The only exception to that is with exercise. You will be asked to avoid strenuous exercise and repetitive motions for up to a month following your injection (depending on site). At 4 weeks you may resume all normal activity.
  • The large majority of cases who are good candidates for stem cell therapy, only need one (1) injection for their condition. Only a small minority of patients need a 2nd injection 6-8 months later. Each patient's condition is unique, and you will discuss any future possible injections with your provider at your follow up appointments.

Conditions that may respond well to umbilical cord stem cell injections:

  • Knee Injuries (meniscus, MCL, ACL, PCL, and LCL sprains or partial tears)
  • Arthritis/Osteoarthritis - Bone on Bone
  • Hip Pain or Labral Tears
  • Shoulder Damage (Rotator Cuff , Tendonitis, and Arthritis)
  • Chronic Back Pain
  • Chronic Neck Pain
  • Elbow, Wrist or Hand Pain
  • Achilles Tendon
  • Ankle Pain, Foot Pain, or Plantar Fasciitis
  • Lower Back Pain, Disc Injuries & Disc Degeneration

If you are interested to see if Umbilical Cord Stem Cells could help relieve your pain, you can call our office to set up a complimentary consultation at 253.841.4425.

Trigger Point Injections

Trigger points are knots of muscle that are created when muscles cannot relax. It is possible to feel these knots under the skin. Trigger Points usually irritate the nerves around them and cause a pain that is felt in another part of the body, known as a referred pain. Trigger point injections are used to help relieve pain associated with neck pain, back pain, low back pain, sciatica and headaches to name a few. Most trigger point injections performed in clinics utilize corticosteroids to reduce pain. The corticosteroids may reduce the inflammation in the effected tissues, which reduces the pain. SARAPIN® is a plant derived natural substance that we utilize when doing trigger point injections. It gives pain relief, but does not create scar tissue and adhesions in the tissues. SARAPIN® has been used safely and effectively for pain management by physicians for over 70 years, is harmless, and has had no adverse events associated with it in it’s 70 year history.

Natural Joint Injections

In our practice, we understand that Americans no longer want to take harsh medications that have side effects for arthritic joint pain. That’s why we focus on substances called SUPARTZ FX™ for arthritic knees, and SARAPIN® for other arthritic and painful joints. Both have amazing results, with little or no side effects. SUPARTZ FX™ works on the knee joint by injecting a substance called hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid is what produces the synovial fluid, or lubrication, in your knee. By injecting SUPARTZ FX™, you establish the normal lubrication of your knee prior to having arthritis. The patient is therefore provided pain relief by bringing down the inflammation in the knee. SARAPIN® is a substance we utilize for pain in other joints of the body. SARAPIN® is a plant derived natural substance that we utilize when doing joint injections into the shoulders, elbows, wrists, hips, ankles, and feet. It gives pain relief, but does not create scar tissue and adhesions in the soft tissues of these joints. SARAPIN® has been used safely and effectively for pain management by physicians for over 70 years, is harmless, and has had no adverse events associated with it in it’s 70 year history.

Non-Surgical Neurostimulator

Chronic and severe pain can really disrupt a patient’s life! Traditional medical interventions of prescription pain killers can have adverse effects on the liver and digestive tract, have other side effects, and can also have addictive tendencies. For chronic pain patients, and several other conditions, we utilize a non-surgical and drugless approach when other therapies and treatments have failed to provide relief. The device is FDA approved and covered by many health insurance carriers and Medicare. The neurostimulator stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system via the Vagus cranial nerve. This is done through a specific location on the ear. The device is worn for a 14 day time period, for a series of 1 to 3 treatments. Not only does it give relief from symptoms while the device is being worn, but it also produces prolonged relief after the device is removed.

The following conditions have been shown to have successful treatment with the non-surgical neurostimulator when other treatments have failed:

  • Back & Neck Pain
  • Sciatica
  • Various Neuropathies
  • Diabetes
  • Chronic Back & Neck Pain
  • Sciatica
  • Diabetic Neuropathies
  • Chronic Arthritis Pain
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Post-Operative Pain
  • Post Cancer Treatment Pain
  • Shingles
  • Depression
  • Insomnia
  • Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD)