Stem Cells: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

Updated: Oct 16, 2019

Stem Cell therapy is a promising medical therapy with many indications including osteoarthritis, chronic pain, Parkinson’s disease, ALS, type 1 diabetes, and heart disease (1). Stem cells have been shown to be especially helpful for low back pain and knee pain. Great, sign me up!

Unfortunately, not all stem cell therapies are created equal. The FDA as recently as April 2019 issued a warning against certain types of stem cell clinics (2). They specifically recommend against using stem cells that are heterologous (i.e. derived from a different person), derived from fat cells, or are manipulated prior to injection into the target site.

WellMax prides itself on delivering the highest quality and cutting-edge stem cell therapy. We utilize bone marrow cell concentrate (BMCC-stem cells harvested from the patient’s own bone marrow) and the cells are then injected to target sites without additional manipulation. Cells are harvested using conscious sedation, which is the same technique utilized for screening colonoscopies, so the procedure is virtually pain-free. Cells are then injected under CT-guidance, which ensures accuracy of the location of injection to within 1 mm. Cells are counted for specificity of treatment and for clinical consistency. Finally, WellMax charges less than $7,000 for the top of the line therapy including conscious sedation and CT-guided injections whereas most clinics charge well over $10,000. Contact our clinic for more information today.



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