Guest article Written By Pallavi Cherukupally MD (Regenerative Orlando) with assistance by Quintin Gunn (Social Media Solutions for Doctors)
Stem cell Therapy and Regenerative Medicine is a very exciting and emerging field of medical science for patients. It provides an alternative option before a surgical procedure is performed or recommended. The US has now caught up and is becoming a leader in these most innovative medical procedures. As a result, doctors now have the opportunity to make a real difference in improving chronic disease whether it be systemic, orthopedic, autoimmune or neurologic using patients own healing and regenerative powers.
Using regenerative medicine and Stem Cell-based products such as Amniotic Fluid, Exosomes, Wharton’s Jelly, patient-derived Bone Marrow Aspirate or Adipose-Derived Stem Cells, doctors are seeing tremendous improvements for patients with chronic health issues.
Medical Doctors who started their training in Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cells years ago have seen firsthand the life-changing effects that these treatments are having for their patients, whereas traditional medicine has certain and specific limitations along with higher cost.
As great as these new Regenerative Medicines and Stem Cell treatments have proven to be, we are now seeing many non-qualified persons without proper training or education seeking to profit from those suffering from various painful conditions. These profiteers seem to target the elderly and others by blanketing their local markets with ads and social media post promising miracle cures.
Unfortunately, there are a high number of Chiropractors who are now caught up in giving patients misinformation to generate profits. Some have gone so far as to suggest that amniotic fluid contains stem cells which scientifically is not true or accurate.
Let there be no mistake, the field of Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Therapy do require specialized training, education, and skill. It is not a matter of just simply injecting solutions into a patient’s joints or pain sites and having a miracle occur. Follow up care is needed, and a medical treatment plan is required to ensure patients have the best possible outcomes.
Below is a list of medical practitioners who are most likely educated, skilled, and trained to perform these procedures:
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Doctors, Interventional Spine and Sports Doctors Orthopedic Surgeons, Anesthesiologists, Sports Medicine Fellowship Trained Doctors, Neurosurgeons, Pain Management Doctors, Surgeons.
Prospective patients should know that Chiropractors, Nurse Practitioners or Physician Assistants are not likely trained or licensed to perform Stem Cell treatments or injections.
In many cases, some of the providers are misinformed about what they are actually promoting as patient care. Only using what are called homologous treatments such as Amniotic Fluid because they cannot obtain the living cells from the patient directly using a sound medical process like Bone Marrow extraction.
We are also learning, that fees for some of their listed treatments and services are charged at 2-3 times more for certain procedures, which fall outside of the scope of what is usual and customary for say a joint injection for knees, elbow, ankle or back.
Many recent patient complaints are confirming the FDA’s worst fears and creating a bad impression related to Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell treatments.
Patients are reporting that some Chiropractors are using non-specialized doctors and contracting them as a Medical Director so that they can carry out the process of selling services. In some cases, they are not really interested in helping the patients but are more interested in making profits.
These patients often do not see the results that were promised and become disillusioned with Stem Cell therapy as an option. This is a huge detriment and gives a bad name to the field of Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Therapy.
As a doctor, I have dedicated well over 19 years in the field of Interventional Spine and Sports Medicine and 4 to 5 years in Regenerative Medicine, I have yet to come across a Chiropractor, Nurse Practitioner or a Physician Assistant that are actually trained to do any specialized joint injection procedures or spine procedures. Most learn through patient trial and error, if at all.
We hope that all patients who are researching into these treatments pay more attention to who is doing the procedure and what they are injecting. By so doing they will avoid the nightmare of being given a bad treatment protocol or at its worst make a bad health situation become a crisis.
Dr. Cherukupally and Regenerative Orlando is Central FL’s leader in stem cell & non-surgical treatments in regenerative medicine.
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