STEM CELL THERAPY

Stem Cell Therapy has quickly become a valuable treatment option for thousands of patients who suffer from injuries or arthritis that cause acute and chronic pain. At Dynamic Health, we thoroughly evaluate your condition and help you select the procedure that is best for you based on our extensive experience and knowledge.  We also include advanced physiotherapy with state-of-the-art PRP and Stem Cell treatments to help our patients work towards optimum recovery.

“Within one week of the procedure I was pain free.” – Bonnie M., Dynamic Health Patient *

Dynamic Advantages

Utilizing advanced technology and customized treatment methods, we address the cause of the problem, instead of just treating the symptoms. Our unique process allows us to treat areas of ligament and joint weakness that other clinics and doctors miss.

  • We have performed over 750 PRP/Stem Cell procedures with the highest-quality products which is more than any other southeast provider.
  • 94% of our patients quickly show significant improvement.*
  • Use of highest-quality equipment and preparation techniques allows for a single injection for all patients; whereas, other clinics commonly require multiple injections over several weeks.
  • Required minimal additional bracing post-injection. The body heals best with normal activity and range of motion.
  • Our expertise with physiotherapy treatments allows us to address ligament and joint weakness other clinics often miss.

Quality of Treatment


You can undergo Stem Cell and PRP Treatments at Dynamic Health with full confidence that you receive the highest-quality products in the industry. The processing / harvesting equipment we use is manufactured by the industry leaders.

At Dynamic Health, we get stem cells for your treatment straight from the best source – your own body. That means absolutely no risk of rejection or blood borne infections you face if donated Stem Cell materials are used.  Just one injection and then you start the healing process.

Why Stem Cell Therapy?
“I can walk and climb stairs and do things I wasn’t able to do for several years.”
Bonnie M.

FAQ


Learn the answers to common questions about Stem Cell Therapy and Growth Factor Therapy — plus some ideas for questions you may want to ask your doctor prior to treatment. We want our patients to feel confident and knowledgeable as they begin recovery at Dynamic Health.

We have been providing both therapies since 2016. We were one of the first clinics in the Charlotte region to provide these life-changing medical treatments for acute and chronic pain. Dr. Altizer has performed more Stem Cell treatments than anyone else in the southeast. More recently, we added an amniotic tissue product in order to expand the number of people we can help. Some patients prefer the ease and recovery time associated with a non-autologous option.
For one thing, experience. We use an individualized approach to each patient, choosing the best regenerative treatment based on their overall health and the severity of their underlying condition.
Most patients (80%) have a positive response. Like everything else in medicine, Stem Cells may not help everyone. Response to Stem Cell therapy depends on the underlying health of the patient, their baseline level of activity, their weight, and the severity of the underlying condition.

Patients with very mild arthritis who are active usually respond better than someone with so-called ‘bone on bone’ arthritis, but in our experience, even patients with advanced degrees of arthritis can benefit from Stem Cell therapy. In many cases, Stem Cell therapy has been able to delay joint replacement surgery. Our hope is that if people get Stem Cells early on in the course of their arthritis we may even be able to prevent joint replacement entirely. We have seen many patients who were told by other clinics that they were ‘bone on bone’ in an effort to scare them into having surgery performed ‘right away’ when in fact their arthritis was not that severe.

This is one of the most important questions you must ask any provider who wishes to treat you with Stem Cells. First you should understand what Stem Cells are. They are undifferentiated cells that divide and specialize over time, taking on specific functions.

At Dynamic Health we use your Stem Cells from your own body. There are Stem Cells in every single tissue in our bodies, but in some tissues, they are more plentiful. For example, adipose tissue (fat) and bone marrow are the two main sources of active, viable Stem Cells and those are the two main sources that we use.

By using your own body as the source of Stem Cells we are basically helping your body heal itself. And by using your own Stem Cells there is no risk of bloodborne infections like hepatitis, HIV, Zika, and many others.

We used to think that the injected Stem Cells actually turn into new cartilage. Recent research has shown that something slightly different is happening. The Stem Cells and growth factors that are injected serve as chemical messengers. These Stem Cell messengers send signals to the dormant Stem Cells that are already living inside your damaged tissues. These special signals tell the dormant Stem Cells to ‘wake up’ and begin to grow and repair the local tissue damage that has been caused by wear and tear. It’s your own body healing itself. We’re giving it a ‘boost’ that it needs but can’t get on its own to get the process started.
There are two major reasons. First, all of these products are obtained from materials donated after normal, live births. The tissues are processed, screened for infectious diseases, and then freeze-dried and placed into bottles and shipped all over the country. Many providers use these off-the-shelf products because it’s ‘easy’ to just pull a bottle off the shelf and draw it up into a syringe.

Growth factor therapy is also easier for patients than platelet rich plasma (PRP) treatments because it doesn’t require blood draws and has a quicker recovery time.

Any time you penetrate the skin, there is a small risk of infection. Our procedures are performed using strict aseptic techniques, so infection is rare, occurring in only about 1 of every 1000 patients. Infection risks are increased by not following aftercare and instructions properly.

Other possible complications include allergic reactions to local anesthetic and bleeding, and both of these are extremely rare. We can even do these procedures in patients who are on blood thinners, provided that they can safely stop the blood thinner for several days beforehand (Never stop your blood thinning medication unless cleared by your doctor to do so).

The number of injections required depends on the severity of the underlying condition. Most patients can get by with one but patients with more severe degrees of arthritis may need a ‘booster’ shot after several months.
Studies have shown that patients can expect one to two years of pain relief, but in our experience, we have had many patients that have gone well past 2 years and are continuing to do well. No arthritis therapy is permanent because there is no way to completely stop the disease of arthritis. Even artificial knee joints last on average 15 years before wearing out. Relief depends on the severity of the patient’s arthritis. With regular Stem Cell therapy, our hope is to prevent patients from having to resort to joint replacement surgery or at least delay it as long as possible.
There is no permanent cure for arthritis. Stem cell therapy helps to regenerate tissues damaged by arthritis, but the disease process of arthritis is still ongoing due to the effects of time, gravity, and constant use.

The best way to try to prevent ongoing joint damage is to get Stem Cell regenerative therapy done on a regular basis. So over time, as the effects of the Stem Cell injection begin to wear off, that is when you should consider getting another Stem Cell therapy which can build on the results of the previous therapy. Some patients actually get better results with the second treatment than they got with the first due to the cumulative effects of tissue regeneration.

Remember the goal is to try to prevent (or in extreme cases, at least delay) the need for joint replacement surgery. There is no other treatment available that has the potential to do this. Not cortisone. Not hyaluronic acid gel shots. It’s either Stem Cells or eventual surgery.

As long as providers use autologous Stem Cells (definition: Stem Cells that come from the patient themselves) for regenerative therapy, the FDA accepts these procedures as complying with current standards of care. The equipment that we use to process your Stem Cells is FDA cleared for that use.

All placental, amniotic, and umbilical cord blood/tissue products must have product-specific approval from the FDA, and as of now none of the commercially and currently available products have that approval except in one instance, and that is when umbilical cord blood Stem Cells are used specifically and only to treat hematological diseases like leukemia. No amniotic, placental, or umbilical cord blood or tissue products are FDA approved for regenerative medicine, and providers that currently use these products have only a limited time left before the FDA mandates that they must stop or face stiff sanctions.

Insurance companies have not yet instituted coverage for Stem Cell treatments, and it will most likely be several years before this happens. Most patients with arthritis cannot wait that long for treatment. They need help now. While the Stem Cell treatment itself may not be covered, the joint rehabilitation therapy that is combined with Stem Cell therapy is frequently covered by insurance.

Meet James W. Altizer, MD, FACPh, RVT, RPVI


Dr. James Altizer is the most experienced physician in the Charlotte region when it comes to stem cell treatments. In 2017, he served as guest faculty at The Orthobiologics Institute (TOBI) annual meeting in Las Vegas where he taught the stem cell liposuction workshop. His specialty is the ‘Super Shot’, a powerful combination of stem cells from both adipose (fat) tissue and bone marrow. This super-concentrated dose of stem cells and powerful growth factors maximize the regenerative potential of damaged joint tissues. There simply is no stronger stem cell therapy available for arthritis. If your arthritis is keeping you from being active and doing the activities you love, you owe it to yourself to speak with Dr. Altizer and see if a stem cell injection treatment can help you.

Experience matters most when it comes to stem cell regenerative therapies. Dr. Altizer has the experience that you can trust. Dr. Altizer is a firm believer in a combined approach to treating chronic pain with both stem cells and rehabilitation. Multiple studies have proven that when stem cell therapy is combined with expert joint rehabilitation the end results are better than doing either therapy alone. At Dynamic Health we have 20 years of experience in rehabilitation for chronic pain. Our treatment protocols are very effective at quickly remodeling joints, tendons, and ligaments to achieve the maximum possible improvement in pain and function. The combination of stem cell therapy and rehabilitation is a powerful one-two punch for treating chronic pain. There is nothing more effective.

Testimonials

“I had been suffering for 4-5 years with the shoulder pain, and I dealt with constant sharp pain. I tried physical therapy, but the effects were only short term. The care I received at Dynamic Health was fantastic, and the results truly speak for themselves. After my PRP treatment to my shoulder I started to experience relief in just 7-10 days…I would highly recommend Dynamic Health to anyone suffering with any sort of pain!”*

– Brian M.View More Testimonials

Conditions Treated


General:

Region-Specific:

  • Achilles Tendonitis
  • Arthritis
  • Cartilage Defects
  • Degenerative Joint Disease
  • Tendonitis
  • Achilles Tears (partial)
  • Ankle and Foot Arthritis
  • Back Pain
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Elbow Tendonitis
  • Failed Back Surgery Syndrome (aka Post-laminectomy Syndrome)
  • Hand and Wrist Arthritis
  • Hip Arthritis
  • Knee Arthritis
  • Knee Ligament Injuries (MCL, LCL)
  • Knee Tendonitis
  • Meniscus Tears
  • Neck Pain
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Plantar Fasciitis (aka Heel Spurs)
  • Rotator Cuff Tendonitis
  • Rotator Cuff Tears (partial)
  • Sacroiliac Joint Pain
  • Shoulder and Elbow Arthritis
  • Spinal Arthritis (Facet Syndrome)
  • Tennis & Golfers Elbow

General:

  • Achilles Tendonitis
  • Arthritis
  • Cartilage Defects
  • Degenerative Joint Disease
  • Tendonitis

Region-Specific:

  • Achilles Tears (partial)
  • Ankle and Foot Arthritis
  • Back Pain
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Elbow Tendonitis
  • Failed Back Surgery Syndrome (aka Post-laminectomy Syndrome)
  • Hand and Wrist Arthritis
  • Hip Arthritis
  • Knee Arthritis
  • Knee Ligament Injuries (MCL, LCL)
  • Knee Tendonitis
  • Meniscus Tears
  • Neck Pain
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Plantar Fasciitis (aka Heel Spurs)
  • Rotator Cuff Tendonitis
  • Rotator Cuff Tears (partial)
  • Sacroiliac Joint Pain
  • Shoulder and Elbow Arthritis
  • Spinal Arthritis (Facet Syndrome)
  • Tennis & Golfers Elbow