Making Your Stem Cells Work for You

The Stem Cell Orthopedic Institute of Texas offers stem cell and platelet rich plasma (PRP) procedures as viable alternatives for individuals suffering from joint pain, joint and tendon degeneration, and soft tissue injury. Stem cell injections may prevent or delay elective orthopedic surgery (joint replacement or fusion). The patient may therefore avoid a lengthy post-operative period, an invasive procedure, and a lengthy rehabilitation.

Scientists and doctors have made tremendous advances to make tissue regeneration (with stem cells) a reality. Through Regenerative Medicine, a person can take advantage of their body’s ability to heal itself by using their own adult stem cells that can be found throughout the body. Stem cells can restore lost, damaged or aging cells and effectively regenerate tissue in the body. This may provide the patient an alternative to surgery for certain treatments. Regenerative therapies involving autologous adult stem cells are beginning to show promise in Orthopedic Medicine, Pain Medicine, Rheumatology and nerve regeneration, etc.

The Doctors at The Stem Cell Orthopedic Institute of Texas (Dr. David Hirsch, Dr. Ajeya Joshi and Dr. John Hall) provide regenerative medicine alternatives including stem cell and platelet rich plasma (PRP) procedures for individuals suffering from joint pain, joint and tendon degeneration, and soft tissue injury. Stem cell injections may prevent or delay elective orthopedic surgery (joint replacement or fusion). The patient may therefore avoid a lengthy post-operative period, an invasive procedure, and a prolonged rehabilitation.

For many years Dr. Hirsch has been utilizing ultrasound guided injections as the state of the art technique to inject patients’ joints, tendon sheaths and nerves. He has many hours of advanced training in musculoskeletal ultrasound in order to provide the most effective, precise and economical injection techniques.

Dr. Hirsch has combined the utilization of stem cell injections for pain and regenerative capabilities with the specificity of utilizing ultrasound to deliver cells to the exact intended location.

Dr. Hirsch and Dr. Hall just completed an in-house, fifteen patient unpublished study with stem cells with very promising results for pain relief and activities of daily living.

Dr. Hirsch is a specialist in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. He earned his specialty degree (D.O.) from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, PA. He earned his medical degree from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (School of Osteopathic Medicine) in 1987.  He attained a full scholarship for medical school through the United States military (Army). He later served in his specialty at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas. He completed his military obligation as a Major in rank in 1994.

He is a Fellow in EMG’s and nerve conduction studies called Electrodiagnostic Medicine from the American Academy of Neuromuscular Medicine. His Electrodiagnostic lab at South Texas Spinal Clinic is one of only two Board Certified EMG Labs in San Antonio.

David Hirsch has been a partner at South Texas Spinal Clinic since 1994. He is the pain physician among his 14 spinal orthopedic surgeon partners.

Dr. Hirsch has been practicing pain management since 1991. He is a Diplomate from the American Academy of Pain Management.

He has a special interest in ultrasound medicine for both diagnostics and pain procedures. He is a member of AIUM (American Institute of Ultrasound Medicine).  Ultrasound guided injections are an effective way to deliver medicines (Stem Cell Therapy, Plasma Rich Plasma or cortisone) into the affected joint, bursa, tendon sheath, muscle or disc space.

John Hall, D.O. is excited to offer regenerative stem cell therapy to his patients in a safe and affordable environment along with other forms of spine and joint pain therapies. He is a Board Certified anesthesiologist with the American Board of Anesthesiology and has almost twenty years of experience in pain medicine in the San Antonio, Texas. In addition to being very involved in outdoor activities such as hunting and fishing, he continuously is expanding his fund of knowledge in cutting edge pain therapies through continuing medical education. He is very proud to offer his patients the leading edge in regenerative therapy utilizing platelet rich plasma and stem cells for degenerative diseases of the spine and joints. All of our therapies utilize either fluoroscopic or ultrasound guidance to ensure accurate and safe placement of both stem cells and platelet rich plasma. He is one of but a handful of physicians that have been utilizing ultrasound guidance for several years to accurately guide his injections as well as limit the patient’s exposure to x-rays from other imaging modalities.

He is a member of the American Academy of Pain Medicine, the American Association of Pain Management in Ultrasound, World Institute of Pain, The North American Neuromodulation Society, the American Board of Anesthesiology and the Mind Science Foundation. He attended medical school at the University of North Texas Health Science Center and completed his residency in Anesthesiology at the Western Reserve Care System in Ohio. He is a native of San Antonio and has been providing cutting edge therapy in San Antonio, Texas since 1996.

Originally from Lexington, Massachusetts, Dr. Joshi specializes in spinal disorders. He graduated Dartmouth College summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics and Biochemistry.

Dr. Joshi graduated from Harvard Medical School and completed his orthopaedic training in the Harvard Combined Orthopaedic Residency Program.

He then completed a comprehensive fellowship in spinal surgery disorders at Baylor College of Medicine.

Dr. Joshi’s special clinical interests include cervical spine care, pediatric and adult spinal deformity, and minimally invasive strategies, as well as the use of regenerative medicine strategies in healing orthopaedic and spinal injuries.

Dr. Joshi is board certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery.

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