Stem Cell Recruitment Therapy: What Is It and Will My Insurance Cover It?

By now, you’ve probably heard of the field in Regenerative Medicine called “Stem Cell Therapy”. Stem Cell Therapy is widely used amongst physicians as an effective treatment option for conditions related to joint pain and degeneration, ligament injuries, arthritis, and osteoarthritis.

Also in the field of Regenerative Medicine is another highly effective treatment option called “Stem Cell Recruitment Therapy” or “SCRT”. In short, SCRT recruits your own stem cells that already exist in your body and direct them to damaged or degenerated areas. It is administered through a single injection of Human Amniotic Fluid (AF).

What is an Amniotic Fluid Injection (AF)?

Amniotic Fluid contains a rich mixture of collagens, cytokines, elastins and growth factors that creates an extracellular matrix, which assist the body in tissue repair, reducing pain and inflammation and contributing to the regeneration and reconstruction of injured tissue.

It is an injectable scaffold that utilizes a naturally formed mixture of bioactive molecules and solidifiable precursors. These elements work together to recruit the body’s own stem cells and healing components to help rebuild and regenerate new, healthy tissue.

Where does the AF injection come from?

An AF injection is a graft derived solely from pure amniotic fluid, obtained from an elective, full-term live cesarean section delivery. All donors provide consent and are screened per FDA/AATB guidelines. AF contains nutrients and growth factors that facilitate fetal growth.

What benefits do Stem Cell Recruitment Injections offer?

  • Powerful Treatment: Relieves pain associated with joints, soft tissue and spinal injuries.
  • Convenient & Painless: 15-minute in office, single injection.
  • All Natural & Drug-free: Contains a large concentration of Growth Factors, including GDF-11, referred as “the Fountain of Youth” hormone by a Harvard Study
  • Quick & Reduced Recovery Time: Return to everyday, low impact activities.
  • Safe, Non-steroidal Alternative to Surgery: Helps recruit your body’s stem cells and healing components to reconstruct and regenerate the injured tissue that is causing pain.

The treatment is ideal for patients suffering the following:  

  • Spinal injuries: neck pain, mid or lower back pain, sacroiliac joints
  • Joint Injuries: knees, hips, shoulders, elbows, wrists, ankles, fingers and toes
  • Soft tissue injuries: plantar fasciitis, tennis elbow, rotator cuff syndrome

How do amniotic fluid injections work?

Amniotic fluid takes advantage of the body’s ability to repair itself. With an amniotic fluid injection, our nurse practitioner injects the amniotic fluid from amniotic tissues into your body. The amniotic fluid has anti-inflammatory properties, similar to cortisone and steroid shots. However, amniotic fluid goes far beyond the benefits of standard “injection therapy.”

While cortisone and other drugs only provide temporary pain relief and cause further degeneration, amniotic fluid actually restores degenerated tissue while providing pain relief. The growth factors in the amniotic fluid may recruit your body’s own stem cells, directly mitigating the repair and the regeneration of healthy tissue. Additionally, amniotic fluid injections contain hyaluronic acid, which lubricates joints and tendons, easing the pain and helping restore mobility.

Are Stem Cell Recruitment Injections covered by insurance?

Yes, amniotic fluid injections are covered by Medicare, Tricare, UH Medicare Advantage, Worker’s Comp and commercial insurances. Please note: every insurance plan is different, so we will verify your insurance benefits at the time of your consultation to determine your coverage for SCRT in our clinic. Should your specific insurance plan not cover SCRT, you can self pay or use your private Health Savings Account (HSA or FSA) for treatment. 

Are Regenerative Medicine products FDA regulated?

Yes, Regenerative Medicine utilizes amniotic fluid and placental tissue products. These products are regulated and 361 compliant by the FDA. AF is considered a Human Cells, Tissues, and Cellular and Tissue-Based Product (HCT/Ps)

If you would like to request an in-office consult or telemedicine consult to discuss Stem Cell Recruitment Therapy at Physical Healthcare of Jacksonville, call us at 904-645-07777.

REMINDER: We provide Anti-Viral/Anti-Bacterial Booster Shots!

Our Anti-Viral/Anti-Bacterial Booster Shot uses an immunostimulating medication which has been scientifically proven to significantly reduce the duration and severity of symptoms during an acute viral infection (when given as a treatment) and help protect against subsequent infections (when given as prophylaxis). Speak to one of our providers for more information.

Our treatment protocol is prescribed in a series of 3 injections. Actively treating patients will receive their first injection completely FREE OF CHARGE. The remaining 2 treatments are $40 per injection ($80 total).

If you have a friend or family member that you would also like to receive our Anti-Viral/Anti-Bacterial Booster Shot treatment series, the cost is $40 per injection ($120 total).

If you would like to schedule an Anti-Viral/Anti-Bacterial Booster Shot at Physical Healthcare of Jacksonville, call and/or text us at 904-645-07777.

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