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FAQ

At this point, we do not provide stem cell injections for the neck and back. However, if you’d like to be placed on our list to be the first to know when there are treatments available for the back and neck, please call our office and we will add your info to our database and answer any other questions you may have.

At this point, we do not provide stem cell injections for the above conditions. However, if you’d like to be placed on our list to be the first to know when there are treatments available for these issues, please call our office and we will add your info to our database and answer any other questions you may have. We actively monitor all new research and clinical trials related to these and many other conditions and we hope to be able to offer treatments in the near future.

Unfortunately, a torn meniscus is not going to heal through stem cell therapy alone. Usually, the best approach with a torn meniscus will be to fix it arthroscopically and then treat the underlying damage to the cartilage with a stem cell injection. Not all torn meniscuses should be treated the same, so make sure to consult with an orthopedic surgeon.
We accept check, credit or debit cards, or cash. We also accept payments from HSAs or FSAs. If you have any more questions about alternative payment methods, please call for more information.

Native Stem Cell offers a payment plan to help manage the up front cost. We require 50% of the total cost of your procedure at the time of service and the remaining balance is paid monthly in 12 equal payments.

There is no upper age limit for this procedure and we regularly perform stem cell injections on patients in their 80’s and 90’s.
Absolutely! The procedure will take a little less than an hour, so if you think you might want to do it the same day, block out a little extra time and let our staff know over the phone so that we are able to adjust the schedule accordingly.

There is very little downtime after a stem cell injection. We want you to limit impact activities for the first few weeks, so no running, hiking, dancing, skiing, etc. However, you will be able to drive yourself to and from the procedure and resume all normal daily activities within a few days. For more guidelines for after your injection click here.

You will be in the office for about an hour or a little less. Most of the time is spent processing the stem cells or PRP. Bring a magazine or book!
We perform the procedure in our offices under local anesthetic.
We harvest bone marrow from the upper end of the tibia (your upper shin.) This is a quick and nearly painless procedure that takes about 7 minutes to complete.
You should not suffer any negative effects from the removal of bone marrow. We only harvest a small amount of marrow and your body quickly replaces the lost tissue.
Not at all. In a few days that bone will be healed and a few weeks after that, it will actually be stronger at that site than before due to the new bone growth.
There is virtually no chance of infection with this procedure.
There are a number of factors that affect when a patient will see improvements, but most patients begin to notice significant improvements between 4-6 weeks and tend to plateau after about 6 months.
We have been measuring our success rate from the first patient treated at Native Stem Cell. We measure success primarily by tracking decreases in pain levels and increases in function and activity levels. Over 85% of our patients report 50% improvements in pain and function six weeks after their procedure with further improvement over the months that follow. Many patients report 80-100% improvement in pain and function after their treatment.

Additionally, in a few instances, patients have suffered an injury after their stem cell injection which required arthroscopic surgery. In these few instances, Dr. Crawford was able to view and take pictures of the improvements to the articular cartilage in the joint during the surgery.

Unfortunately, a small percentage of our patients may only experience mild improvement or no improvement at all. We work closely with these patients using traditional orthopedic approaches as well as other natural or orthobiologic approaches to try to maximize the benefits of the stem cell injection. Sometimes, patients will opt for a second stem cell injection or a series of PRP injections as a booster to their initial treatment and they overwhelmingly have a positive response to these booster treatments.

We take your results and the accuracy of our data very seriously. We have refined and standardized our data collection process in order to be able to accurately follow all results and help build the body of evidence that will help stem cell and PRP injections become a more widely accepted form of orthopedic treatment.

Age is less of a factor in success than the amount of arthritic damage in the joint. Patients who are truly at a “bone on bone” stage will need to expect moderate pain and function improvements, while patients at a more moderate stage of arthritis achieve higher levels of recovery.
As with any medical procedure, there is no outcome that can be definitively guaranteed. We inform all prospective patients of the range of outcomes in order that they can make a fully informed decision. However, in instances when results underperform our expectations, we work with the patient every step of the way in order to maximize the outcome of the stem cell procedure.

For most patients, the answer is that a single stem cell injection is likely to reverse years and even decades of arthritic damage to the joint. Over 85% of our patients gain 50-100% improvement in pain and function after a single stem cell injection. This may last a few years or it may last much longer. Some patients do elect to have stem cell injections every few years if the improvements begin to wear off, but most patients can plan for many years of relief.

Unfortunately, a small percentage of our patients may only experience mild improvement or no improvement at all. We work closely with these patients using traditional orthopedic approaches as well as other natural or orthobiologic approaches to try to maximize the benefits of the stem cell injection. Sometimes, patients will opt for a second stem cell injection or a series of PRP injections as a booster to their initial treatment and they overwhelmingly have a positive response to these additional treatments.

We don’t use adipose cells for a number of reasons. First, the use of adipose tissue for stem cell treatments is in violation of the FDA’s guidelines. Any stem cell clinic currently offering these treatments is likely doing so in violation of the law and the FDA. Second, stem cells from adipose tissue are far less likely to help regrow the type of cartilage we want to grow in order to heal the joint. Stem cells from bone marrow are known to be the most likely to help regrow lost hyaline cartilage which is the type of articular cartilage than can withstand the pressure and stress within an active joint. Many of the stem cell clinics that use adipose tissue do so because they are not trained in harvesting bone marrow.

While the science behind the use of stem cells as a treatment for arthritis is not fully known, recent research has begun to shed some light on what is actually happening when stem cells are injected into a joint. The concentrated stem cell mixture that is injected contains many different growth factors and proteins which have different regenerative functions. Your joint sends signals which identify areas of damage and recruits the various growth factors, proteins and stem cells to these areas. The stem cells assess these signals to determine the extent of the damage and then send out signals to recruit more stem cells and healing agents from surrounding tissue. There is a complex, microscopic symphony that occurs within any area of injury and stem cells play an important role in conducting the symphony and making sure that the right type of repairs happen in the right places.

Unfortunately, at this time, stem cell injections are not covered by any insurance.