Four Reasons to Use Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeons over Health Spas

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Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeons




By: Edward G. Loniewski, DO, FACOS, FAOAO

In our area which is around the Detroit, Michigan area of Southeastern Michigan there are health spas offering stem cell therapy.  Many health spas are wonderful facilities for a massage, manicure, liposuction, hair plugs or even a facial. However, they may not be the best place for a stem cell therapy for arthritis.   There are four major reasons.

#1  Proper Diagnosis  - Physicians at health spas are more than likely wonderful and nice physicians who are the jack of all trades, yet the master of none!.    They might be very experienced recognizing and treating common skin and hair conditions, but they are not board certified and fellowship trained specialists in arthritis.  Thus, making the correct diagnosis of your joint as well as the joint above and below is critical to administering the correct treatments. If they miss commonly seen conditions such as pes anserinus bursitis of the knee or even a simple medial meniscus tear, your stem cell outcome will be compromised by this misdiagnosis.   Board certified and fellowship trained orthopedic surgeons specializing in joint conditions have at least 6 to 10 years more experience than practitioners at a health spa. You have to make the right diagnosis first to recommend the right treatment.

#2  Proper Delivery and Customized Treatments - Injecting the cells into the correct area using the correct delivery system is critical to your outcome.    Most health spa physicians have great experience injecting wrinkles or crows feet, but they have little experience injecting into and around major joints of the body such as your knee, shoulder and hip.   Not only do they have limited experience injecting these joints, they have even less experience using the right type of needle, technique and imaging tools such as ultrasounds to ensure the therapy is injected into the correct area.   

#3  Recognizing Complications - Although complications with cell based therapies are very rare, they can happen.  If an infection does occur to a joint or tendon, many physicians in a medical spa will quickly refer you to an emergency room where they will call a board certified orthopedic surgeon to come in and treat this complication.   Also, should you develop a meniscus tear or ligament tear, this is something a physician at a health spa can not and should not handle. Thus, we can recognize and treat any complications if they should arise.

#4  Customized Dosing - Many health spas use the same formula and dosing for a face lift as they do for arthritis of the knee.  We know that the dosing of cell based therapies for rotator cuff problems of the shoulder is a totally different dosing than for arthritis of the knee.  However, a medical spa will use the same dosing and technique they use for a facial treatment to your knee. Again, the jack of all trades and yet the master of none.

So, although health spas make us all feel and look good, they may not be the best place to go for treatment of your arthritis or joint ,ligament, muscle or tendon problems.   At we are board certified and fellowship trained orthopedic surgeons specializing in proper diagnosis; delivery and continued treatment of orthopedic joint, tendon, ligament and bone problems.  This is what we do all the time so let us do what we do the best. These are your cells for your healing delivered by a clinic who specializes in joint and tendon problems.  Call 810-299-8550 for a proper evaluation and treatment plan now. 

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