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Stem Cell Therapy has the potential to help with a variety of common conditions and injuries.

Stem cell therapy is the process of using a rich source of regenerative cells that includes stem cells and platelets to regenerate bone and orthopaedic soft tissue. At Integrative Sports Medicine, we take bone marrow stem cells directly from your body to inject in the location of your injury.

We offer stem cell therapy because it is exciting how effective it can be for the patient in the right hands.  Stem cells can improve your life by decreasing your pain and increasing the ability to move and meet personal goals.  It can prevent the need for surgery and give you a higher quality of life with a minimally invasive procedure.

It does have to be the right technique (live bone marrow cells that are your own) and the right person, time and place.  Scientific literature and our own registry of patient outcomes have shown that, over time, pain and function improve after stem cell therapy. Stem cell therapy is a remarkable new offering in Sports Medicine and in biomedical science.

Our treatment is FDA compliant, autologous (your cells), and homologous (going into similar tissues, in this case bone marrow going into other connective tissues). If you’re considering stem cell therapy, we encourage you to ask your provider if they are using your own cells for the therapy.

  1. You can not contract a disease from your own tissues going into similar tissue.  

  2. Bone marrow is living tissue.

  3. All of the alternatives have drawbacks.  Amniotic, umbilical and placental products are all “cryopreserved” (frozen).  Looking into these products in a laboratory setting, none of them produce viable living cells when thawed and used as directed. Each of these methods have growth factors, but not living cells.  Living cells from bone marrow can direct other cells to heal and sometimes implant and become new live cells.

  4. At Integrative Sports Medicine, we want to stay on the right side of FDA (Food and Drug Administration) guidance.  Bone marrow stem cell meets the standards of (a) minimally manipulated tissue; (b) autologous; and (c) homologous.

  5. The bone marrow harvest is not much more discomfort than a blood draw and generally takes under 5 minutes.

Potential Benefits of Stem Cell Therapy

  • > Decreased Pain

  • > Decreased Disability

  • > Improved Quality of Life

  • > Decreased Inflammation

  • > Tissue Generation

  • > Delayed Surgical Intervention

  • > Improve Quality of Tissue

  • > Eliminated Need for Surgery

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What do our patients have to say about stem cell therapy?

Frequently Asked Questions

The major difference between stem cell therapy and PRP (platelet-rich-plasma therapy) is that stem cell therapy procedure transplants actual living cells to the injured area.  Those cells signal to the existing cells to start healing, and those cells can also turn into any joint tissue when placed into a joint (such as cartilage), and tendon tissue when placed into and around a tendon.  PRP is an acellular therapy that relies on growth factor molecules to heal injured tissue that is already there.  In our process at Integrative Sports Medicine, you get both PRP and stem cells when you get stem cell therapy.

You want your own stem cells for many reasons, including the fact that we would not put you at risk of getting someone else’s gene for cancer, heart attacks or anything else.  You want your own genetic tissue for this treatment.

Average time for a stem cell procedure is about 90 minutes.

Insurance does not cover stem cell therapy, but there are times when a Personal Injury or Workman’s Compensation case will pay for your treatment.

The cost is proprietary and subject to change. Once you are in the office and have been diagnosed, we pride ourselves on being transparent on pricing options and what we believe will be best for your healing.

Mild discomfort for a few hours.  Some people don’t have any discomfort.  Others have above average discomfort.  If you are in pain from you stem cell therapy procedure, we can treat that as part of the procedure.

Some people get an anti-inflammatory effect within a day or 2, especially if they do A2M first.  Those people think they are already better because the pain may be gone.  In reality, it takes weeks to months for your body to actually heal and see the effects of stem cell therapy.

The first 2 weeks after your stem cell treatment, we try to limit intentional exercise to core work on a mat combined with non-weight-bearing exercises such as cycling, rowing and swimming.  After the first 2 weeks, you gradually increase activity and at the 6-week point, you are released to the full intensity of activity.  Some people who just have degeneration and are not in hard training or competitions may be back to normal activity in just 2 weeks.

It should not be and is usually not very painful at all, with an anesthetic.

The first visit generally includes exam and review of ultrasound, X-ray and MRI, whatever is available.  Not everyone is medically appropriate for stem cell therapy, so the first visit is basically a normal medical visit using any applicable health insurance.

I cannot begin to tell you how thankful I am for Dr. Brad Abrahamson. When I first spoke with him, I was facing a pretty big decision in my life knee replacement. In an attempt to find an alternative, I made four appointments with different stem cell clinics in CO to see if stem cell therapy would be an option. Although I was becoming educated, every appointment with other clinics made me more confused. Every clinic varied in their therapy and cost. I did not know who to trust.   I went from being hopeful that there was another option to despair and confusion. Then I met Dr. Abrahamson, not only did he bring clarity to stem cell therapy; he dismantled the many lies that I had heard. He was honest, educated and brought hope back to me.

It has been about 10 weeks since my procedure and I cannot tell you how amazing my knees feel. I started off with a pain level of 9-10 that has been reduced to a 1-2. And every day I am getting better and stronger!

If you are considering knee replacement-STOP-remember that it is permanent and not always the best option. I chose to put the healthcare money that I would have paid for my deductible into stem cell therapy and boy am I glad I did. I still have my knee; my body is healing itself and I am almost pain-free.

Thank you, Dr. Abrahamson and team, for bringing me hope and healing. I will be forever grateful!

Malina K., Knee

My experience with Dr. Abramhamson thus far is very encouraging. I am able to walk on my damaged ankle without my brace less than a month after my stem cell injection.

The Magellan Arteriocyte technology he uses is first rate and ensures a closed-loop harvesting process. The doc has a wonderful manner and is very competent. His staff is very supportive and highly skilled

Skip L., Ankle

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