The Truth About Stem Cells

  • Orthopaedic issues are the #1 leading cause of disability in the United States.1
  • Patients are looking for reparative medicine options to help them heal the natural way or turn to these options if they have tried conservative therapies (physical therapy, injections, medications) and they are not ready for major, invasive orthopaedic surgery.
  • Patients are being lured in and misled by stem cell ads.
  • Stem cell technologies typically are not FDA compliant and are offered by injection clinics at high costs.

Lets take a closer look at the Truth Behind Stem Cells


The FDA Warns Against Stem Cells

Stem Cell Ads are Everywhere: Don’t Buy into the Hype!

  • More and more ads online, in newspapers, magazines, and billboards for unproven “stem cell therapies”.
  • These are offered by Injection Clinics from providers that do not have a specialty or advanced training in the musculoskeletal system.
  • Patients are lured by unverified claims.
    • Pain Relief
    • Avoid surgery
    • Tissue “Regeneration”
    • Treating a variety of inflammatory, degenerative, or autoimmune conditions.
  • Unproven treatments may present serious health, personal and financial considerations.
    • Complications may create additional acute and chronic health issues.
    • Experimental treatments may disqualify patients from future clinical trials and treatment options.
  • Patients desperate for solutions may be easily duped into spending a significant amount of money for a therapy that may not provide them with a legitimate solution.

Why Does This Matter To You?

  • Stem cell treatments are NOT FDA cleared in the United States
  • FDA is currently scrutinizing physicians and centers that are marketing stem cells
  • Unproven treatments have associated risks

Beware of centers offering stem cell treatments lacking proper regulatory approval or outside the confines of an accredited and FDA registered clinical trial.

Beware of Stem Cells Clinics!

  • Many of these “stem cell clinics” are operated by chiropractors or providers that do NOT have a specialty or advanced training in the musculoskeletal system.
  • They simply do not have the training necessary to perform these injections. 
  • In some cases, surgery is needed. These providers may not evaluate the need for a surgical procedure.
  • These Clinics often lack the resources and expertise to injection-related complications or adverse events. 

Which doctor should I see?

Seek Experts in the Musculoskeletal System

Orthopaedic Surgeon

An orthopaedic surgeon is an expert with extensive training in the proper diagnosis and both non-surgical and surgical treatment of injuries and diseases of the musculoskeletal  system. Orthopaedic surgeons are medical doctors who have completed a total of approximately 14 years of formal education.

Board-certified orthopaedic surgeons must maintain their certification with continuous, life-long learning and demonstrating their expertise on a regular basis via an oral or written examination.Members of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons are committed not only to treating injuries, but preventing them.

Sports Medicine Physician

Sports Medicine Physicians has significant specialized training in both the treatment and prevention of illness and injury. They are ideally suited to provide comprehensive medical care for athletes, sports teams or active individuals who are simply looking to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

Sports Medicine Physicians specialize solely in non-surgical sports medicine and serve as team physicians at the youth level, NCAA, NFL, MLB, NBA, WNBA, MLS and NHL, as well as with Olympic teams.

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Physician

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R), also known as physiatry or rehabilitation medicine, aims to enhance and restore functional ability and quality of life to those with physical impairments or disabilities affecting the brain, spinal cord, nerves, bones, joints, ligaments, muscles, and tendons.

A physician having completed training in this field is referred to as a physiatrist. Unlike other medical specialties that focus on a medical “cure,” the goals of the physiatrist are to maximize patients’ independence in activities of daily living and improve quality of life.

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Don’t buy into all the STEM CELL HYPE beware of what’s really out there.