FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

Regenerative Therapy treats degenerative disc disease of the spine; degenerative joint disease of the hip or shoulder; arthritis; meniscus tears; rotator cuff injuries; Achilles tendon injuries; sacroiliac (SI) joint pain and more.

Possibly – the best way to find out would be to come in for a consultation. You are not a candidate if your spinal degeneration has gone so far that your spine is structurally damaged. For example, if you have severe scoliosis or if you’ve broken your back, your spine is not structurally sound. Regenerative Therapy is recommended for patients who have early to middle-range degeneration. If you have cancer or if you are on anti-coagulant medication such as Coumadin, you are also not a candidate for Regenerative Therapy.

Regenerative Therapy is a quick in-office procedure that usually takes about an hour. You will be able to leave immediately after the injection. You will begin to see results from the injection in 4-6 weeks.

There is virtually no recovery time needed. The process is a fast in-office procedure. The pain should be minimal, with some localized pain around the injection site, as with any shot.

Yes. Regenerative Therapy is also used to help the bones heal and to stimulate healing from another procedure.

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Every joint in the body and most tissues contain stem cells that are responsible for maintaining health in that location. Degeneration of tissues or joints occurs when the stem cell population becomes depleted and that structure losses its ability to heal itself.Regenerative Therapy is an attempt to repopulate tissues or joints, thereby restoring the body’s ability to heal itself.

There are very few risks involved. You are certain to be sore for a few days after the procedure, but that is a side effect, not a risk. Infection is a serious risk, but is extremely rare. Regenerative injection therapy is conservative approaches to treating pain unlike surgery that might help, but it might make it worse. You can always have surgery, but you can’t “un-have” it. The biggest risk of these therapies is that it won’t help your condition, however, performed properly, they will not make your condition worse.

Short answer: no. Long answer: Regenerative Therapy and PRP are considered experimental procedures. While some insurance companies will pay for platelet rich plasma or bone marrow aspirate concentrate when used by a surgeon in conjunction with certain orthopedic surgeries, they generally do not pay when used as an injection. For this reason, Docere Clinics has a ‘payment at the time of service’ policy. Some clinics that offer regenerative injection and cellular therapies list on their websites the insurance plans they accept, but usually these clinics will only submit for the consultation and anesthetic/steroid injections.

Yes. We contract with board-certified anesthesiologists to offer our patients ‘deep sedation’. Deep sedation uses much gentler medications than general anesthesia, but you are very much asleep, you don’t feel anything, and you don’t remember anything afterward. It is the same type of sedation used for colonoscopies or dental procedures. It is an additional charge, but in our opinion, it is money well spent.

Results vary, and unfortunately we don’t help everyone. Based on our overall experience, at the one-year mark after an ADSC/BMAC treatment, some of our patients are still going strong with 70% or better improvement and do not request a second treatment at that time. Others have had improvement in the 30%-70% range and request a second treatment. Once we get people where they want to be, most people require tune-up treatments every two to six years. Some of our patients are “non-responders” and have no improvement at all. Factors include patient health/habits, adherence to post-treatment guidelines, and severity of the condition.

These therapies are intended to stimulate the growth and repair connective tissues. Unlike a steroid injection, there is rarely immediate pain relief. Typically, patients notice improvement after two to eight weeks and continue to notice continual improvement months after the treatment (unlike a steroid injection that typically wears off after a period of weeks or months).

After the procedure, you will have localized soreness and discomfort, especially after disc, hand, foot, and shoulder injections, and after lipoaspiration. Most patients find over-the-counter medications and rest sufficiently to help with the pain. Some other clinics scrape the surface of the joint with the needle while Regenerative Therapy in order to cause a localized irritation. This causes a great deal of post-procedure pain that can last weeks or months. We have not found this necessary to do, subsequently, our treatments produce very less soreness after.

Unless you are a vampire, nothing in this life is permanent. Total joint replacement surgery is not permanent; even the latest prosthetic devices must eventually be replaced. The treatments we offer are intended to reverse tissue damage and degenerative changes and turn back the hands of time, but they do not stop the hands of time. Our overall experience has been that one year after an ADSC/BMAC treatment, about half of our patients are still going strong, and half have a second treatment. Most people require tune-up treatments every two to six years.

Donor eligibility requirements are set forth and regulated by the FDA to ensure the Donor of the Placental tissue for transplantation is free of specific infectious and communicable diseases. Donor recoveries meet and adhere to the regulations requisite to HCT/P recovery. Screening and testing of the tissue donor is verified through laboratory serology test panels. Once all criteria are satisfied, the donor placental tissue is deemed qualified for processing and transplantation

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Our bodies naturally degenerate over time. The regenerative processes that were once vibrant and energetic in our youth become slower and impeded as we age.

Your Provider may or may not recommend post-treatment rehabilitation. This decision will depend heavily upon the injured area and its pathology/etiology, as well as your current physical health status. Patients should work with their Healthcare Provider to determine if rehab will be necessary and/or beneficial.

Depending on the etiology, pathology, and severity of the chief complaint, each patient will be unique. Healthcare Providers can gather subjective and objective information such as patient history, orthopedic examinations, diagnostic imaging, and lab results to assess and determine the patient’s needs. Based on these findings, Healthcare Providers can specify an appropriate treatment plan. Costs associated with specific procedures may depend on these variables.