Regenerative injection therapy is a new cutting edge treatment for orthopedic pain management and requires the expertise of a regenerative medicine specialist when selecting your Stem Cell Therapy Doctor. The Therapy is available in Gilbert, AZ and the East Valley Communities of Chandler, Mesa, Queen Creek, and San Tan Valley, AZ by Board-Certified Physician Dr. Dylan W. Krueger of Atlas Health Medical Group.
Wow, Stem Cell Therapy has really arrived over the past couple of years! This is wonderful news and has the potential to save thousands upon thousands of patients from surgery and joint replacements. It also can drastically reduce medical bills and save billions of dollars in medicare expenses each year in America. These are profound benefits with the potential to shake up healthcare in a much needed way. So what’s the drawback? In order for great new treatment to become incorporated into mainstream medicine, we need skilled and highly trained practitioners advancing it forward. Otherwise, this great therapy can be discredited and endure costly setbacks.
What to Look For when Selecting Your Stem Cell Therapy Doctor
It is critically important to select the right physician when deciding upon Stem Cell Therapy treatments. The wrong practitioner can potentially injure the patient, worsen the condition, or simply waste your hard earned money. When selecting your doctor, you must do your homework ahead of time. First, is the practitioner even a physician or are they a PA. Second, what is their medical training and expertise. Third, how long have they been doing stem cell injections and how many total treatments have they completed. Fourth, are they giving you honest clinical outcomes or are they claiming to provide miracles. Fifth, are they up to date on the latest clinical trials. Sixth, are they ordering or reviewing imaging (MRI) before treating patients. Seventh, what type of stem cells are they using and are they being honest about them to you.
Importance of Specialty Training in Stem Cell Therapy
The training of the stem cell doctor you select is ultimately the most important aspect of their qualifications and whether to move forward with them or not. Since the treatment is relatively new, almost all medical schools are not teaching it as part of their core curriculum. This means that the training is received postgraduate on the doctors own time and interest. There are many stem cell conferences and seminars out there, some much better than others. Generally, if the seminar does not provide lots of hands on training and extensive curriculum, be cautious. The organizations that I like are:
- The American Osteopathic Association of Prolotherapy Regenerative Medicine
- Academy of Integrative Pain Management
- Hackett Hemwall Patterson Foundation
The physician should also have a background in pain management or at least many years of experience treating pain cases. Most credible training organizations or doctors will not let their students treat a patient without hundreds of hours of study and thousands of practice injections.
One of the main reasons I decided to create this particular blog was to tell my own personal story of a encountering dangerous stem cell practitioner. I was attending a local networking group a few months ago where I was introduced to a guest visitor. The guest was a physician’s assistant (PA) who was hired by a chiropractic office to provide stem cell injections in Tempe, AZ. I was intrigued by this revelation but did not initially disclose that I had a background in regenerative medicine. I inquired about his training to find out that he was a PA who just graduated a month ago. He was hired by a chiropractor to add additional therapies for higher reimbursements into the chiropractors clinic. I then asked if he was trained in injections or had any background with stem cell therapy. He then revealed he had only studied some research papers on the subject and had never done an injection much less a orthopedic stem cell injection. Wow, I was stunned and honestly scared for his potential patients. This PA had zero training and zero experience, yet he was being marketed as a stem cell expert by a local chiropractic clinic. What’s even scarier is that he is not the only one. Many chiropractors have now hired PA’s so they can make more health insurance money and out of pocket money. This is exactly why patients must do their homework before selecting a doctor. I personally would not advise getting any injection done by a PA or even a MD, DO or NMD who has not been properly trained with lots of clinical experience.
Stem Cell’s have burst onto the scene and ignited public interest. The therapy offers great potential and could revolutionize orthopedic medicine as we know it. For this to happen we must advocate for only a highly trained Stem Cell Therapy Doctor to perform such treatments. Physicians and PA’s with no injection or stem cell training are simply not qualified to do the procedure. For more information about my training, Regenerative Injection Therapy, Platelet Rich Plasma, Atlas Health’s medical services, or our location, please call 480-648-1534 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org