Stem cell therapy is a big topic of discussion in the media right now, and many people come to me with the same basic questions before they feel ready to dive in. In this blog post, I will be answering some of your most frequently asked questions about stem cell therapy.

What are stem cells?

Stem cells are naturally occurring cells in the body that have not yet differentiated themselves. This means that they do not yet have a specific purpose, so they can become any type of cell in the body. We can use this to help heal tissue from an injury, or fight the effects of aging. The most common sources of stem cells are bone marrow, adipose, umbilical allografts, and amniotic fluid.

How does stem cell therapy work?

Stem cell therapy promotes natural healing of the body to alleviate pain and restore function. It can help regenerate damaged tissue, muscles, tendons, and more. Because it actually helps the body heal, stem cell therapy provides long-lasting results. During treatment, the doctor will extract stem cells from the body and transfer them to the afflicted area.

What can stem cells be used for?

In general, stem cells are used to treat pain and promote healing for a variety of conditions:

  • Knee pain
  • Joint pain
  • Back & shoulder pain
  • Rotator cuff injuries
  • Hip pain
  • Regenerating the synovial fluid in joints
  • Arthritis
  • Neuropathy treatment
  • Herniated discs
  • Torn discs
  • Fibromyalgia treatment
  • Neck injuries
  • Migraines
  • Sexual Dysfunction
  • Injuries

Is stem cell therapy approved by the FDA?

I wrote a separate blog post on this topic, but since I get asked this question so much, I wanted to go over the basics here, too. The FDA regulates human tissue products to make sure they are clean, safe, and meet the basic requirements. It is up to the individual doctor to conduct due diligence to ensure that their patients are getting high-quality stem cells.

How much does stem cell therapy cost?

The cost of stem cell therapy depends on your condition and how much tissue you need to achieve your treatment goals. It is priced per injection or cc of tissue, and can range from around $5,000-$8,000.

Is stem cell therapy covered by insurance?

Because stem cell therapy is an elective treatment, it is not covered by insurance.

What can I expect in terms of recovery time?

Recovery time from stem cell therapy is very brief, and can even be as short as 1-2 days. Since it is a non-invasive procedure, the steep recovery required from surgery is eliminated.

If you would like to learn more about stem cell therapy, I encourage you to attend one of my lectures (upcoming events can be found on Facebook) and order a copy of my book, Demystifying Stem Cells.

Summer is almost here! Most people associate summer with outdoor activities, but if you are suffering from chronic pain, you may miss out on the fun. There’s no reason you shouldn’t be able to partake in your favorite water sport or beach game. Read on to find out what you can do to get back to feeling your best in time for summer!

My patients experience a wide array of pains, from back pain to joint pain, to migraines, and more. I believe that the best way to approach pain management is to focus on healing, which will bring long-term relief. “Band-Aid fixes” such as taking over-the-counter pain meds only provide temporary relief and do not address the root of the problem. If you want a permanent solution to your chronic pain, be sure to seek out treatment designed to heal, not just mask the symptoms.

Stem Cell Therapy

Stem cell therapy is a treatment that uses undifferentiated cells, called stem cells, to treat damaged or dysfunctional tissue. Stem cell therapy promotes the repair of tissue, which enables the body to heal. This non-invasive method can help you avoid surgery and pain medication. This is a very effective method for treating chronic pain, especially when used with another complementary therapy.

Physical Rehabilitation

Physical therapy is a great way to strengthen the body and joints as they heal. This type of therapy uses specific exercises and activities to increase strength, mobility, and flexibility. It is often used as a complementary therapy to other methods such as stem cell treatment. Physical rehabilitation helps you get back to 100% as you put chronic pain behind you.

Pulsed Electromagnetic Field (PEMF) Therapy

PEMF Therapy uses low-level electromagnetic radiation to treat damaged tissue and bone. This radiation treatment works to balance the electromagnetic fields of your cells, which become disrupted when your body is injured. Once your cells are re-balanced, they can function properly and help you recover.

Lifestyle and Nutritional Consulting

True and complete healing often requires lifestyle changes to keep your body healthy. At Campbell Medical Group, we offer lifestyle and nutritional consulting to help guide you. This treatment option may include dietary changes and exercise regimens to stop your chronic pain and keep it from returning!

It’s Time to Find Relief

These are only a few of the possible treatment options available to you. There are so many options to help you overcome your chronic pain so that you can get back to living your life! Learn more about our treatment options at Campbell Medical Group on our website and set up your complimentary consultation so you can be pain-free this summer—and for life!

Anyone who knows me knows that I am very close to my mother. Our relationship is one of my biggest treasures, and she has influenced my life and path in countless ways—including my career.

A passion to serve

Serving others is at the core of working in the healthcare industry. Helping people have a better quality of life is why I have dedicated my own life to my work and my practice.

The very best part of my job is that I get to take care of my mother first. She suffers from arthritis, hand pain, and the frailty that accompanies aging. I have been able to treat her with several therapies that I offer at my practice, including regenerative medicine, stem cell therapy, and chiropractic care. I have seen her regain strength and once again be able to carry out day-to-day activities without pain.

“I am not just the president, but I’m also a client”

Anything I do in the office, I first try out on my mother and myself. My patients can take comfort in knowing that when I tell them something works, it’s because I’ve tried it firsthand!

Undergoing the treatment I provide to others also helps me better understand the sensations, side effects, and other aspects of any given treatment. I can answer questions honestly and am able to recommend treatments based on what I know from personal experience. I treat my patients like family, and I wouldn’t suggest or provide any treatment I hadn’t tried on myself and my loved ones.

My motivation

I have seen the difference my treatments have made for my mother. It gives me motivation to keep learning, researching, and working to make a difference in the lives of as many people as possible. My mother has taught me the role of compassion in my work, and she continues to spark my passion for and dedication to helping others overcome their pain and health issues.

If you are interested in learning more about the services I provide, please visit my website. I would love to talk with you about finding pain management solutions. Give us a call to set up your free consultation. It’s time to leave your pain behind and get back to living your life!

Knee pain can be a common ailment. This is because knees are the most vulnerable joints that you have. Taking steps to protect them is important. If you are suffering from arthritis, or dealing with knee pain for some other reason, the following tips could help you reduce knee pain in your daily life.

Of course, you should always talk to a medical professional if you are having severe knee pain. At Campbell Medical Clinic, we want to help our patients find ways to manage their knee pain. If you have any questions, please give us a call.

Here are 5 ways to relieve knee pain:

1: Go to the doctor.

This is the most important step to keep in mind. If you are having knee pain, make an appointment soon. We can work with you to figure out the cause of your pain, and then start to help you treat that pain and find the relief you are seeking.

2: Manage your weight.

Your knees support your body weight. Gaining weight can put pressure on your knees. Every pound you gain is equal to around four pounds of added pressure on your knees. So, even losing a couple of pounds can help relieve pressure. If you are overweight, managing your health by staying active and improving your diet has many health benefits including possibly helping with knee pain.

3: Work on key muscles as a way to strengthen them.

One of the best ways to reduce wear and tear to your knees is to build up the muscles around the area. You should focus especially on your thighs including your quadriceps and hamstrings. Warming up by walking around outside or on the treadmill is important.

Then, you can try a couple different exercises such as:

Short Arc Quad – This is where you lie on your back with your knee resting on a rolled towel. Then, you tighten your thigh muscles while you lift and straighten your knee. Hold this pose for five seconds and repeat on your other leg.

Wall Slides – Press your back against the wall and slide gently into a sitting position. Slide as far down as you can while still feeling comfortable. Hold this position for a few seconds and then slowly slide back up.

4. Be careful and gentle when you exercise.

Running on concrete and asphalt can be hard on your knees. So, if you are a runner, consider going through wooded areas or running on a treadmill instead.

You could also consider other kinds of exercise such as biking. But, keep in mind that you can cause knee pain if you put the resistance on a stationary bike up too high.

Think about the type of exercise you typically do and if this could be causing strain on your knees. If so, there is likely a way you can modify the exercise to be safer for your joints.

5: Get rid of those heels-as well as flats.

High heels aren’t good for knees or feet. It is recommended that you wear heels that are not higher than two inches. Shoes without arch support are also bad for your knees. So, avoid ballet flats and flimsy flip-flops. You could also consider an insert that provides arch support.

If you’ve been suffering from knee pain, contact Campbell Medical Center in Houston, Texas. We are happy to schedule you a consultation, and we want to work with you to relieve your knee pain. Our office offers advanced diagnostic techniques, and we provide attentive medical care to each one of our patients.

If you are suffering from chronic pain, you may have tried everything from pain killers to physical therapy to surgery in an effort to find relief. Or maybe you’d rather skip all that. Regardless, you just want to get your life back and get rid of your pain for good! You aren’t out of options, and it may be time to ask your doctor about stem cell therapy.

What is stem cell therapy?

Stem cell therapy is a form of regenerative medicine that helps your body recover and repair itself. Stem cell therapy uses stem cells, which are undifferentiated cells in the body that can reproduce to make new, specialized cells. These specialized cells can function as muscle cells, brain cells, or blood cells. These cells are used to repair the damaged tissue that is causing pain. Stem cell therapy can treat a variety of conditions, including arthritis, pain in the back, shoulder, knees, and more.

The benefits of stem cell therapy

  • Avoid surgery & pain meds
  • Long-lasting solution
  • Encourages repair
  • Reduces inflammation
  • Minimizes formation of scars
  • Recover function
  • Can treat a wide range of conditions

Stem cell therapy can offer an effective, lasting, alternative solution to your pain. For those searching for relief from chronic pain, stem cell therapy is a great treatment option. Ask your doctor about stem cell therapy so that you can make an informed decision about managing your chronic pain.

I have dedicated a good portion of my career to learning and researching about stem cell therapy. I travel around the country to collaborate with other great minds in the field, and I speak frequently on the topic. My practice, Campbell Medical Group, is Houston’s leading medical clinic for stem cell therapy, among other pain management and relief treatments. I believe wholeheartedly in this method for pain management, and have seen great success for my patients.

If you are interested in learning more about stem cell therapy to alleviate your chronic pain, visit our website and call us today to schedule your free consultation!

Stem cell therapy, sometimes known as PRP therapy, is a treatment plan designed to reduce pain and to heal injuries and is usually administered through injection. Stem cell treatment is common for arthritis and injuries to the skeletal and muscular systems (ligaments, tendons, muscles, cartilage, and bones). Pluripotent embryonic human stem cells, carried by babies and infants, can become any of the hundreds of different cell types of the body. In contrast, multipotent stem cells in adults can turn into more than one cell type. However, these are safer; being more limited and controlled in comparison to pluripotent cells. Stem cell therapy and stem cell treatment are performed with adult stem cells.

Let’s look a little further: human joints contain plenty of stem cells responsible for repairs and maintenance as well as when and where they are needed. In essence, stem cells give out instructions and can then transform into specialized cells that perform the required action for repairs. Having the proper amount of stem cells balances the damage and repairs that the body experiences and, with time, the number of these stem cells decline. Aging affects the number of stem cells retained in the body as well as severe injuries that lead to an imbalance due to the dramatic reduction of stem cells when needed for such repairs. This is the root cause of conditions such as arthritis, chronic pain, and injuries.

Fortunately, there are multiple areas in the body that contain a large reserve of stem cells. These areas are the hip bones and the surrounding fat on the hips and buttocks. During stem cell therapy, the doctor extracts stem cells from these areas then transfers them to the area of injury or arthritis. This will provide the necessary amount of stem cells for treatment and repair. Stem cells secrete growth factors responsible for the operations of rebuilding the damaged area.

Stem cell treatment is common for damaged ligaments, tendons, muscles, bones, cartilage joints, and meniscus. Also, it is a great alternative to surgery and is preferred for conditions untreatable by therapy, medication, and other injections.

Plasma-rich platelets (PRP) therapy, works in a similar fashion in that it is used to treat professional athletes who attain injuries while performing in sports. Instead of extracting stem cells, platelets are used to secrete growth factors necessary for repair. During this process, a certain amount of blood is taken from the patient and components of the blood are separated during a process called centrifugation. And then, the fraction of blood which contains the platelet-containing plasma is injected to the affected area. It is considered a low-risk treatment as a great alternative to surgery. Common injuries treated by PRP Therapy include tennis elbow and torn ligaments.

Pros:

  • Great alternative treatment for numerous conditions like diabetes, severe injuries, cancer
  • Aids in scientific research and development
  • Tons of health regenerative benefits
  • Contributes to the study of birth defects as well as abnormal development within the body
  • Uses patient’s own stem cells which negates the risk of rejection

Cons:

  • Long term side effects are yet to be discovered
  • When embryonic cells are used, the risk of rejection is dramatically increased
  • Still under research. Many things have yet to be established before making this a widespread treatment plan

Who Can Use PRP Therapy?

Patients with trauma, injuries, and illnesses or that have accumulated a combination or all of these can benefit from this kind of treatment plan. Research also shows that patients that desire to slow or even reverse the effects of the aging process may be administered this kind of therapy. While still being researched, stem cell therapy has been shown to improve the lives of many people.

Contact us today at (832) 460-6468 for a free consultation and see how stem cell therapy can benefit you.

Joint pain is a common problem that too many people continue to suffer with. It can limit your ability to perform everyday tasks and do activities that you enjoy. Further, it can affect your movement and leave you in continuous, long-term pain. So when is enough, enough? Read on to find out when you should see a doctor for your joint pain.

What is joint pain and what causes it?

Joint pain is pain resulting from damage to or deterioration of the joints, where two bones meet. Many factors can cause joint pain, including: repetitive movements, injury, poor posture, tendinitis, arthritis, or physical illness.

When you should see a doctor:

  • You joint pain affects your day-to-day life
  • Your pain is persistent
  • You feel helpless about your pain
  • You have been treating your pain solely with OTC pain relievers
  • You feel like you’ve “tried everything” in terms of at-home remedies or OTC medication

Joint pain often requires actual medical treatment in order to heal and provide long-term relief. Your condition may require a combination of different treatments, such as physical therapy paired with stem cell therapy. Only a doctor can help determine the right steps to take in order to achieve a lasting solution to your joint pain. Additionally, seeing a doctor (or multiple doctors) is the best way to learn about all of the options available to you for treating your pain.

At Campbell Medical Group, we see many patients that are experiencing pain to the point that it is negatively affecting their quality of life. We work with our patients to find the right solution, often using stem cell therapy to repair and regenerate the damaged joints to restore function while reducing or eliminating pain. There’s no reason to keep living with joint pain. Talk to your doctor about your options!

If you are suffering from joint pain or other forms of chronic pain, visit our website and give us a call to schedule a complimentary consultation. We are the leading pain management clinic in the Houston area, and we would love to help you find a pain solution.