The Why Behind Writing The Consumer Guide For Stem Cell Therapy
The “Why” Behind This Guide
The healthcare system as we know it is overdue for an evolution in how care is provided, and more importantly, how it serves the patients like you who deserve more from it.
• 120 million Americans are currently living with some form of daily chronic pain, and this is estimated to approach 150 million by 2020 – nearly half of the U.S. population.
• At the present growth rate, obesity is predicted to be a reality for more than half of the U.S. population by 2025.
• Chronic (and I would add largely preventable) diseases such as diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease currently affect 1 in 2 Americans – and if current trends hold, this number will continue to grow.
According to 2018 data from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC):
• More than 30 million adults in the United States have been diagnosed with some form of osteoarthritis.
• More than half live with debilitating pain compromising daily function and activities, not to mention their quality of life.
Standard conventional “treatments” for pain and osteoarthritis merely treat symptoms of an underlying disease process. Commonly prescribed medications, such as NSAID and opioid pain medications, are failing at epidemic levels. Weekly we see and hear news stories regarding the problems with this singular and narrow-minded approach to
a very complex problem.
• 100,000 hospitalized per year in the U.S. as direct complication of proper use
• 15,000 deaths per year in the U.S. can be directly attributed to chronic NSAID use
• Estimated daily use is more than 60 million Americans, many elderly
• Illusion of safety given widespread availability over the counter
• In 2016, 62,632 deaths were from drug overdose – 66.4%, or 42,249 involved an opioid medication
• Opioid deaths are now the leading cause of unintentional deaths and declining life expectancies in the United States
• The U.S. prescribes and uses more opioids than any country in the world Current data from the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons shows that more than 1 million patients per year in the United States are having knee or hip joint replacement surgery. This number is estimated to grow to 3.5 million by 2030 (673% increase).
Are that many people expected to reach end-stage degenerative osteoarthritis and have no other option for treatment?
The unfortunate answer is yes.
Joint replacement surgeries have now become an accepted normal part of aging. Live long enough and you will probably be recommended to have one – when you have suffered long enough. Is this the only option when you reach a point where conservative, non-surgical treatments fail to deliver the outcome you desire for decreased pain or better function?
No. In this guide I am going to help you understand that this is absolutely not your only option.
I will also present a comprehensive solution to the swelling pain epidemic that the current healthcare system has struggled to solve. With the compounding effects of chronic diseases and obesity, superimposed and directly fueling, degenerative joint and spine disease, providers on the front lines are faced daily with unprecedented numbers of “health failure”:
• Escalating doses of pain medications, drug overdoses, and death
• Polypharmacy with multiple medications to treat symptoms
• Joint replacement surgeries being performed at younger ages
• Mounting functional disabilities for patients
• Loss of capacity for independent living and ability to continue meaningful work
• Little to no education to help patients own and control their health destiny
This is a complex trend that is simply unsustainable. If continued it will compromise the health, productivity, and quality of life for millions. I am privileged to live in the most free and prosperous country in the world. I have lived through amazing technological advances in healthcare. However, the growing number of people that are unwell, in pain, and otherwise not able to live their highest quality life continues to grow year after year.
With the tremendous amount of resources, technology, and passionate health care providers “running healthcare”, how can this possibly be where we have arrived in 2018?
In this guide I intend to answer that question, and so many more. The focus of this guide is to introduce and help you understand an exciting and rapidly evolving field of medicine – Regenerative Medicine.
Regenerative Medicine procedures such as stem cell therapy, I firmly believe, will help us begin to write a different, and more positive, story for the future of our healthcare where we will:
• Radically change the natural history and treatment of degenerative joint and spine degenerative conditions
• Positively impact the lives and overall health of so many who suffer in pain
• Deliver care for a fraction of the cost of conventional “standard of care” treatment
• Have the potential to keep many from ever needing surgery.
• Reduce or eliminate our current opioid epidemic.
Bold statements I know, but we need more healthcare providers with the courage to propel medicine forward and not hold patients back from their best health. So why have you not yet been presented this option by your primary care provider, Orthopedic surgeon, or other specialists you may have seen? Regenerative Medicine is a relatively new specialty so most conventionally trained medical providers in practice have had minimal exposure to what this field may be able
to offer their patients. If you have come across Regenerative Medicine and stem cell therapy in your own research, as you look for a solution for your health issues, then you have probably encountered misleading or confusing claims on the internet, as well conflicting information regarding what type of stem cell therapy is truly best.
Other reports or news stories have been written for consumers. Few, if any, that I have read have been written from the perspective of a practicing physician in the specialty of Regenerative Medicine. Most are written by journalists casting a negative commentary because of reported negative, and in a few cases catastrophic, outcomes patients have experienced with experimental treatments in this growing field of medicine. This does not open eyes, educate, nor help evolve medicine, but rather works against it to maintain the status quo. The content in the pages ahead will be current, informative, and opposite of much of the news cycle – positive.
I made the choice when I began my practice that I was not going to toe the line, deliver average outcomes for my patients, or maintain this status quo. Understanding stem cell therapy and the growing field of Regenerative Medicine is not an easy task. I have been deeply involved in this specialty for over a decade. It is a full-time job to keep pace with the tremendous amount of research and technology used to deliver increasingly more specialized and sophisticated treatments with the potential for even better outcomes.
With the rapid growth of clinics offering stem cell therapy and other Regenerative treatments in the U.S., many are using high-pressure sales, unqualified practitioners, and outdated methods as their standard operating procedure. How can you sort through the science and find a qualified, competent, and caring professional to provide your treatment?
You can start by reading this Consumers Guide where will teach you:
• The basic science of stem cell therapy and other Regenerative treatments.
• How to spot red flags when searching for a practice
• Common mistakes patients make when choosing a Regenerative Medicine practice for their treatment.
• Daily tips that we use with our patients to supercharge the body’s natural regenerative processes for better energy, health, and vitality – before and during their treatment.
With this information you can make an informed and intelligent decision when looking for the right fit with a practitioner to help you create your best health.
Our mission is to educate consumers about his overdue evolution in medicine – Regenerative Medicine – so that you can live your best and highest quality health. We believe patients can create and control the health destiny of their choice, and they should get better with the correct and individualized treatment.
If you have additional questions not answered in this guide, I encourage you to contact our office. We have a dedicated and amazing team ready to serve you.
To your best health,
Dr. Jonathan Tait, D.O.
Founder of Rejuv Medical Southwest
Regenerative Medicine Specialist since 2008
Board Certified, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Board Certified, Sports Medicine
Consumer Guide to Stem Cell Therapy
Authored and Published by Jonathan Tait, D.O. in 2018 (Download the entire book!)
Common non-surgical treatments recommended for orthopedic conditions such as: joint or spine pain, tendon injuries, bursitis, or osteoarthritis include Prescription NSAIDs and Cortisone Injections. Advancements in medicine have shown that these treatments may be causing more harm than good as they mask the pain and speed-up the degenerative process.
This Regenerative Consumer Guide will walk you through the exact process to construct a comprehensive Regenerative Medicine treatment plan for what ails you rather than flailing away with symptom-based treatments unlikely to provide you the long-term result you desire.
If your prefer less-invasive treatment options and/or don’t want to feel stuck taking pain medications, this guide is a must-read.
REGENERATIVE MEDICINE SUCCESS STORIES
These are actual stories told by our patients. (There are a lot of them!)
Stem Cell Therapy
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7790 N. Oracle Road, Suite 150
Oro Valley, AZ 85704
Rejuv Medical Southwest is located in Southwest Arizona and provides clinical services to the surrounding cities: Tucson, Oro Valley, Catalina, Saddlebrooke, Oracle, Marana, Casa Grande, Green Valley, Nogales, Vail, Sahuarita, Phoenix, Gilbert, Chandler, Mesa, Tempe, Scottsdale, Glendale.
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