Regenerative Therapies

Joint and Back are among the most common conditions we treat. We offer a full gamut of treatment options from Delta Pulse PEMF therapy (pulsed electromagnetic force), Prolozone therapy, Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy (PRP) therapy, Pluripotent Cell therapy, and Extracellular Vesicle therapy . These therapies can be used as standalone treatments or together. In some cases one therapy has failed only to have another therapy work.

All of these work by increasing the production of cartilage and an anti-inflammatory action. The primary difference is the agent used to increase the production of cartilage and reduce inflammation.

As a whole most of these therapies have a success rate of around 75%. Success rates vary depending on the age of the patient and the amount of damage to the joint. In older patients we have seen prolozone therapy be very successful in one knee, but unsuccessful in the other knee due to the more severe damage in the other knee. Younger patients  generally have better outcomes than older patients when it comes to joint pain.

There is also a great deal of variance in the cost of these therapies. On the low end is PEMF, which usually requires multiple treatments to be effective. We offer a package as low as $150/8 visits (compare that to clinics charging $50 to $75/ treatment).

Delta Pulse PEMF Therapy

PEMF works by increasing energy, heat, and circulation in the affected area. PEMF treatment is applied with a coil, which delivers magnetic energy to joint. The coil is placed around the affected joint and then the intensity is increased to just below the pain threshold. The treatments are done in 3 minute segments. Typically we will treat the affected several times on the same visit. PEMF can give immediate pain relief, but usually multiple treatments are required for tissue repair. Learn more about Delta Pulse PEMF Therapy.

Prolozone Therapy

Prolozone is our most popular option. Prolozone treatments cost between $280 and $350 depending on the number and size of joints treated. Most patients require 3 to 4 prolozone treatments to obtain relief. Older patients and more damaged joints often require 4 to 6 treatments before relief is obtained. Some patients with more severe joint damage may not respond to prolozone. For those patients we recommend Extracellular Vesicle Therapy.

The advantage of prolozone therapy is that many patients obtain complete relief from pain very quickly. The treatments are given two weeks apart for joints and as needed for back pain. Often only one or two treatments are required in back pain. Once the joint is pain free, one or two additional treatments may be needed 4 to 6 months later to maintain the progress.

For back pain the injections are made in the facet joints to the side of the spine. Facet joint inflammation is the most common cause of back pain and stiffness. These are not injections in or around the spinal cord. During the procedure you may feel some minor discomfort lasting 2 to 3 minutes after the procedure. In some cases inflammatory pain may last longer. Most patients experience reduction of their pain within 24 hours. Learn more about Prolozone Therapy and Prolozone Facts & Resources.

Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy

We offer Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy (PRP) treatments for joint and tendon repair. PRP can be used alone or in conjunction with other therapies. Our blood contains multiple growth factors to promote healing. These growth factors are found primarily in the platelets. PRP technique separates and concentrates platelets from your own blood. Since PRP is made from your own blood, there are no risks of contracting blood borne illnesses such as hepatitis, aides, or Lyme disease. Learn more about Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy.

Pluripotent Cell Therapy

Pluripotent cells can be turned into any cell. When we are young we have an abundance of pluripotent cells, which is why young kids heal so quickly when they injure themselves. As we get older the number of’ circulating pluripotent cells decreases dramatically, which is why things start to break down as we age including our joints.

Pluripotent cells can be harvested from bone marrow, are fat.  However, we use amniotic pluripotent cells harvested from cord blood.  Amniotic stem cells generally work better than those harvested from fat as they are younger cells.  That is an effective but expensive procedure. The average cost of a pluripotent cell tissue transplant is between the $5,600 and $9000 depending on the clinic. This is an invasive and depending on the tissue source, can be a painful procedure. 

In contract amniotic pluripotent cells cost an average of $5,000 and does not require a surgical procedure. These cells are available overnight.  We use this type of pluripotent cell in our procedures as they are more potent and easier to obtain. You can increase the number of your circulating pluripotent cells substantially without any surgery. We have a patented nutritional product that is shown to increase circulating pluripotent cells between 53% and 90% depending on the type of pluripotent cell is administered and with two weeks of therapy.

Placental extracts can also be injected into joints. Placental extracts have many of the same benefits of pluripotent cells, but at a considerably lower cost. Learn more about Pluripotent Cell Therapy.

Extracellular Vesicle Therapy

 

Comprehensive Joint Care Program

Best results are obtained by using a variety of complementary treatments in a comprehensive treatment program. I comprehensive joint care program consists of five steps:

  1. Increase the number of circulating stem cells with nutritional therapy.
  2. Supply oxygen and energy to the injured tissue with prolozone therapy.
  3. PEMF increases circulation to the injured area.
  4. Nutritional therapy supplies all the needed minerals, proteins, and other nutrients needed for effective tissue repair. This last step is particularly important because our studies we have not found a single patient with adequate trace minerals without supplementation.

Costs

Costs  vary with the number and size of joints affected, but in general this therapy is quite affordable. However, what may be more important are the risk of this therapy compared to that of major surgery. Cost can be financed over up to 24 months with zero interest through Care Credit.

Care Credit

We offer Care Credit financing. There are variety of payment plans available. You have the choice of a revolving line of credit or you can choose a fixed payment plan. You can apply for Care Credit online or when you come to the clinic. We recommend apply online before your visit.

What to Do Next?

  1. Call 509-516-1208 for your free consultation.
  2. Go online to Care Credit and fill out an application.

Decision Matrix

Procedure PEMF Prolozone Combination Therapy AmniofFix (Amnionic Tissue Graft)
Average Cost per treatment $20 280 to 350 $300 to $3,000 average $
Number of treatments 4 to 10 3 to 6 1 amnio and 4 prolozone 1
Total Cost $100 to $200 $900 to $1,800 $3,200 $700 to $2,700
Monthly Cost over 24 months       $120