Selecting a Florida location to get stem cell treatment is a difficult decision because you have so many options. We’re going to cover 4 things most people don’t consider.
Most people are already thinking about questions like:
Does the FDA regulate stem cell therapy? The answer to this question is yes, it has for a long time because bone marrow or blood transplant procedures are routinely used to treat patients with cancer and disorders of the blood and immune systems.
Is Stem Cell Therapy Legal In The US?and the answer to this question is ‘yes’. But there are some additional important things to consider.
Hopefully after reading this article you’ll have some helpful guidelines that most people don’t think about in order to help you go to the best location to fit your needs.
So let’s get started. Here are 4 areas that most people don’t consider when making their selection of where to go to get cellular therapy for pain.
1) What’s the FDA distinction between regenerative cell therapy and stem cell therapy here in Florida?
The FDA guidelines share that the use of the phrase “Stem cell therapy” should be designated to be in the category for when you surgically have cells removed from your body, such as via a puncture in your hip bone. This is done with a long needle and a surgeon extracts your cells from your hip, then puts a plug in the cavity that was created by the large needle.
Some people opt for this procedure, but many people prefer not to have surgery for several reasons. First, as you get older you have a much lower stem cell count. In fact, your stem cell count is often drastically lower and you’ve likely experienced the effect of having a much lower stem cell count. For example, do you remember when you were much younger and if had an injury like a sprained ankle or something like that? When you were younger it would heal in just a few days because your body would recruit your plentiful stem cells to come and reduce the swelling and repair or regenerate the damage. But as you got older and sustained an injury it takes significantly longer to heal. That’s because you have a much lower stem cell count.
So the treatment for joint pains and arthritis basically increases the stem cell count in the joint you’re having pain and the cells go to work like they did when you were younger.
Another big reason people may opt not to have the surgery is because of the risks & complications associated with any level of surgery is a big reason many people choose to not go this route. And last, but not least, this option is often significantly more expensive than the regenerative cell therapy option.
Does it work? Yes, the results are compelling, just like the results are compelling for the non-surgical options too. So let’s look into more about how to get treated without the risks of surgery.
There are a number of sources to get cells for regenerative cell therapy and most of the options do not require any surgery. So when you read about “Regenerative cell therapy” (which is often referred to as ‘stem cell therapy’) it is typically an injection of specialized cells which boosts your body’s regenerative properties which allow for the repair and regeneration of muscle, tendons, cartilage & bone. The injection also has tremendous anti-inflammatory properties. A common source for these specialized cells is from the umbilical cord which was donated by a healthy mom who just gave birth to a healthy baby. Mothers have been donating umbilical cords for a very long time. They are given the option to keep the umbilical cord or they can donate it just like any other organ donation.
That’s where your search for a facility in Florida to help you with your chronic pain should start, meaning with the distinction between if you’re looking for the surgical procedure which is referred to as ‘stem cell therapy’, or if you’d prefer to have the highly effective, less expensive shot, which is referred to as regenerative cell therapy but is often called stem cell therapy.
By the way, people ask if regenerative cell therapy shots are painful and the answer is most people say they experience less discomfort than a flu shot.
So let’s say you’ve decided you’re interested in the less expensive, non-surgical, highly effective approach referred to as regenerative cell therapy.
Now let’s look at the next thing you’ll to want to consider.
2) Does the clinic have reviews and if it has multiple locations are the reviews for the location you’re looking at?
Why do you want to see as many reviews as possible?
Think of reviews like this. Let’s go back to the days before smartphones and GPS. Back then, if you were lost, or if you did not know where a location was then you’d simply stop and ask someone who’s familiar with the area how to get to where you’re wanting to go -Right?
And even though you did not know the person, you’d trust them because they’ve likely been there before and they are simply sharing their experience of how to get to the location.
So that’s all a review is. It’s like asking someone about their experience and getting the feedback so you can make a good decision and not feel ‘lost’.
You’re definitely going to want to know what other people who’ve already had the treatment have to say about the office. What does the review say about the doctor and staff? What did the review have to say about the results of their treatment? What is the overall review score in terms of stars?
Anything less than 4-star average is a red flag.
But, be sure to factor in the number of reviews because if someone has a 5-star rating, but only 2 reviews then that is not as good as someone who has 15 reviews who has a 4.5-star rating.
The very first place to look for reviews is on the Doctors office’s website. If they don’t have reviews on their website then this may be a red flag.
Getting reviews on their own website is very easy to do. If the location does not have results that they are proud enough to put on their website, then that may be an indication that they don’t have patients who are pleased enough to share their results. This is not a ‘hard and fast rule’, but if there are not any positive reviews on the website it would definitely make you wonder.
That makes sense doesn’t it?
The next place to look for reviews is online. Here’s why this is the second place to look and not the first place to look.
Getting reviews online is difficult because people are so busy. So if people are taking the time out of their very busy days to write a review online then that is a very good sign that they are either really pleased if it a positive review or they are really displeased if it is a negative review.
Here are the main places you should look for online reviews. Google and Facebook. You’ll want to look for reviews from people who don’t have any affiliation with the office, and from people who have actually who have had the treatment. Once again, look for what they share about their experience with the staff, the doctors, and the results. It would
be really good if you see reviews that talk about how the person felt before getting treatment and then how they feel because of getting treated.
It would also be great if you could find a review on the doctor’s website or online that talks about the same area of treatment that you’re seeking. For example, if you’re wanting stem cell therapy for your knee, or for your back, then you’d want to try to find a review that talks about how their knee or back responded to the treatment.
This would allow for two things, first, it would let you know the clinic has exposure and experience in treating what you want to be treated. Plus, it would help you to get an idea of what you possibly may be able to expect too. But, keep in mind that for any regenerative cell therapy care it is not guaranteed, just like surgery is not guaranteed.
The reviews will just be one of the things you’re going to want to look for to determine if you’re wanting to get care at this location.
3) Does the clinic have complimentary seminars to explain the process?
This may not seem like much of a big deal, but it is. Here’s why. You want to be able to hear the information without feeling a sense of obligation. A neutral location is in your favor because you won’t subconsciously feel any obligation. Whether you realize it or not, if you’re in a one-on-one talk with a doctor in their office it may make you feel more obligated to go with that location because they took the time to sit down with you.
But if you can hear the information in a neutral setting like a free seminar then it allows for you to not feel the sense of obligation. Plus, you’ll get the benefit of being in a crowd that may ask some questions that you did not think to ask. So you’ll get to leverage your due diligence by having other people asking questions too.
Another good aspect of getting the information at a free seminar is you can step away after the seminar and have a phone conversation or talk with whoever you came to the seminar with and take a few minutes to discuss the decision to move forward or not. You can do that much easier at a free seminar that you would be able to do if you were at a doctor’s office.
Bottom line is you’re in the driver’s seat when you go to a free seminar. If something gets said that you don’t like you can get up and leave. That is a much more difficult decision if you’re sitting in a doctor’s office because of the sense of obligation that most people feel when going to see a doctor.
4) Will They Expect Full Payment or Will They Let You Finance The Treatment.
This is really a big aspect of who you should choose for your treatment because insurance will not pay for the shot.
It’s hard to believe that insurance will not pay, and this causes confusion for some people. But here’s the truth about insurance and how the insurance companies are dealing with regenerative cell therapy as well as most aspects of stem cell therapy. They are making decisions based on what will make them money and not necessarily what’s in your best interest.
Please hear us out. Think about this.
We are not saying they want anything negative for you, but if you think they make the decisions on whether to pay for a procedure based on what’s best for you, then you’re mistaken. They make decisions based on what will make them the most money.
If the insurance companies were making decisions based on your best interest then they would not have kept paying for painkillers to the point where we now have an national epidemic level opioid crisis.
That’s the bottom line.
The facts are you’ve had to pay premiums very likely your whole life. And if you think your job paid for your premiums, then you need to realize that they paid the premiums out of the money that should have been paid to you in your paycheck.
Think about it for a second. Insurance will pay 30k for a knee replacement that has a good chance of failing, but why insurance won’t pay 4k-5k for something that regenerates the body leaves you scratching your head. Until you ask yourself which do you think an insurance company can demand higher premiums for? Covering a 30k procedure, or a 5k procedure?
The 30k, right?
So the line of thinking that says ‘if this was so good then insurance would pay for it’ doesn’t make sense. Just like it doesn’t make sense to keep taking painkillers, getting cortisone shots, and other temporary solutions that have been proven to be causing even more damage to your body.
Please don’t misinterpret what we are saying because we know that joint pain and other chronic pains forces your hand to take action to do something to get relief. We understand.
It’s just that now you have an option to get the pain relief from a natural source that will not cause you even more pain down the road, or have the life-threatening risks and side effects associated with surgery.
Just to be clear, we are pro-insurance, but deciding to get the care you deserve totally based on whether insurance will pay for your care should not be the determining factor. Especially when many times you can make monthly payments for regenerative cell therapy that are less than your average cable bill. For many people, this is a great route to take.
We know there are a number of people who can pay for the treatment without needing to make monthly payments, and then there are some folks who won’t be able to get the treatment unless they can make monthly payments. It boils down to this. You’ll want to have the choice. That’s why when choosing which Florida clinic will do your cell therapy, you’ll want to have the option of making payments. Even if you have less than perfect credit, you’ll still want to be able to have the choice.
Getting the decision right on which doctor you choose will make a big difference in the quality of your life.
Have you ever thought about this?
Pain robs you of more than just movement. Pain takes away the chances to create life long memories. Pain steals from your family and loved ones who no longer get to do the things with you that they loved doing. Pain can cause you to be less patient with people in your life. That’s why many times you may feel that you can ‘live with the pain’ and ‘tough it out’, but you need to consider who else is being negatively impacted because of your pain.
Physical pain often leads to emotional pains.
That’s right, getting out of pain may put a smile on your face, but it just may put a bigger smile on the faces that you care the most about and that’s your loved ones.
That’s why making the right choice has a lot riding on it.
Let us know if we can help you by answering any questions.