Stem Cell Therapy


Stem Cell Therapy In Medicine

Center For Pain Management & Rehab., SC in Peoria, IL is one of the centers around the country to offer Stem Cell treatment to relieve osteoarthritis (OA), joint pain, meniscus tears, and tendon tears. Patient can benefit from a unique non-surgical procedure using stem cell injections.

Center For Pain Management & Rehab., SC in Peoria, IL is one of the centers around the country to offer Stem Cell treatment to relieve osteoarthritis (OA), joint pain, meniscus tears, and tendon tears. Patient can benefit from a unique non-surgical procedure using stem cell injections.

This treatment uses your own body’s repair mechanisms and growth factors to promote healing. This is neither a research study nor clinical trial. Stem cell therapy is a treatment our physicians use and can be successful for the right candidates. During the procedure, the physician extracts stem cells from the bone marrow in a patient’s hip. The stem cells are then injected into the patient’s damaged joint or tendons/ligaments. The stem cells are from the patient’s own body so the risk of rejection is very low.

Stem Cell Therapy can repair tissue that is too damaged to heal on its own. Stem Cells can stimulate the formation of cartilage, tendon, ligaments, bone, and fibrous connective tissues. Stem Cells are obtained from either the patient’s own tissue or a purified embryonic source. These concentrated stem cells are then injected into the patient’s damaged tendon or joint. The two main stem cell treatments that are being performed are obtaining Mesenchymal Adult Stem Cells from bone marrow or fat cells (Adipose). Some physicians use a combination of PRP and Stem Cell Therapy. Our practice uses a sterile closed surgical process to obtain the stem cells. Once obtained, the cells are isolated with a specialized centrifuge and then injected into the painful area on the same day using special imaging to make sure the cells are placed exactly where they are needed.

Injuries and conditions commonly treated by Stem Cell Injections:

  • Achilles Tendon Injury
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Bicep Tendon Injury
  • Ligament Injuries
  • Osteoarthritis for hip, knee, shoulder, wrist, ankle, and feet
  • Rotator Cuff injuries
  • Sports Injuries
  • Tennis Elbow
  • Golfer’s Elbow

Not all patients are candidates for stem cell injection therapy. Please see the list of frequently asked questions below to determine if you are a candidate. If you have any other questions, please contact us at (309)689-8888.

Stem Cell Theraphy FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

What is the Benefit of Stem Cell Treatment?

Stem Cell injections are primarily for painful joints or arthritis and unhealed tendons or ligaments injuries. These injections provide a non-surgical treatment option to provide long-lasting relief from chronic joint pain. The injections are preformed under ultrasound or fluoroscopic guidance to ensure proper placement of the stem cells.

Is Stem Cell Right for me?

If you have an injury that is not healing and would like to avoid major surgery or if you are currently only masking pain through injection therapy or medication, stem cell therapy may be right for you. Because these procedures are relatively new, they’re still not covered by most insurance. Our physicians can meet with you to review your specific situation.

What is the Healing Time and Process?

The whole procedure usually takes about two hours and is performed safely in our medical office. These therapies can relieve and heal the cause of pain without risks or inconvenience of surgery, general anesthesia or hospital stays. Although vigorous activities such as running should be avoided for several weeks, most people return to their jobs the next day.

Who is a Candidate for this Treatment?

In general, Stem Cell injections are used for moderate to severe osteoarthritis in the hip, knee, shoulder, ankle, or foot. There are some medical issues (like active lymphoma and leukemia) that will prelude you from having a stem cell procedure done.

Who is NOT a candidate for Stem Cells?

  • Patient with cancer history (such as prostate cancer or breast cancer), not in remission for at least five years.
  • Certain other malignancies of blood or bone diseases that you are being treated for.
  • Patient with any current infection.
  • Patient who uses a high dose of Coumadin or other blood thinners that cannot be off for the procedure.
  • Patients with multiple medical issues may not be good candidates (low testosterone, low vitamin D, hypothyroidism, diabetes, and smoker). This partial list along with other conditions may limit your stem cell candidacy. In this situation, we often offer Bio-cellular Amniotic/or placental allograft tissue therapy instead to help you achieve optimal results.

Which Joints/Body Parts can Stem Cells be applied to?

We most commonly use stem cell injections for larger joints, such as hips, knees, and shoulders. We can also treat the wrists, ankles, hands, and feet. Stem cell treatment is also an option for chronic tendon injuries that have been resistant to other treatments. There are typically I the elbow tendonitis and Achilles tendon, plantar fasciitis, etc. Currently, we do not treat any spinal conditions with stem cell therapy.

What is the Cost?

The final cost of this treatment will ultimately be determined by what particular injections are being done. The cost can vary but is estimated at $3,500 to inject one joint and $5,500 for two joints. Stem Cell therapy is typically not covered by your insurance company.

Where is this treatment offered?

Our physicians only provide stem cell treatment at 5401 N. Knoxville Ave., Suite 117, Peoria, Il, 61614.

What should I do if I think I’m a candidate?

If you live within 2 hours of Peoria, Illinois, we will schedule a consultation for an appointment to review your radiology films (x-rays), conduct a physical exam, and determine if you are a good candidate or not.

If you live more than 2 hours away, please work with your local health care professional to send us the following:

  • Recent x-rays, no more than a few months old, are required. Please see below for the type of x-ray views needed for the effected body parts.
  • Hip: standing AP pelvis and frog lateral
  • Knee: standing bilateral AP and lateral
  • Ankle: standing AP, lateral and oblique
  • Shoulder: Grashey and axillary lateral
  • Thumb: AP, lateral and oblique.
  • Recent MRI if available, no mor than a few months old
  • Medical Records (only pertaining to your injury that you are seeking treatment for)

Send your images and records to us for review-please include your name, address, phone number, and email address. We will contact you with our recommendation within 7-14 business days of receiving your records.

**Send your documents and images to

Dr. Yibing Li or Leah Tabor
Center For pain Management & Rehab., SC
5401 N. Knoxville Ave., Suite 117
Peoria, IL 61614

Where do Stem Cells come from?

Bone marrow and adipose (fat) tissue are the two sources of adult stem cells that we use. We harvest the bone marrow stem cells (called BMAC) from posterior iliac crest (the back of the hip). The source of the stem cells is decided on a case-by-case basis. Sometime we will also mix PRP with BMAC, but BMAC already contains platelets so it just depends on the individual case and how large or small the joint is we need to inject.

What is the success rate of a Stem Cell Injection?

Our experience is that most patients will have significant relief of pain around 1-2 months post injection. This will often continue to improve for the first 3-6 months after the stem cell procedure. There are patients who will not get any improvement at all from this procedure, probably less than 10%. This is still an experimental treatment, and there have not been a lot of long term outcome studies done so far so we are still figuring out who is an ideal candidate to have this done.

Does the Treatment Consist of One Injection or Multiple Injections?

Typically we do one stem cell injection, followed up 6 weeks later with a platelet rich plasma injection or PRP for short. If you are coming in from out of town, this will be taken into consideration and may be modified. Our protocol is continually evolving, so this is ultimately decided on a case-by-case basis.

Can I fly/drive home that day?

If you are flying (and you are not the pilot), you may fly home the same day, but there will be increased pain/discomfort after the procedure. If you are driving, you should have a driver, as there can be some mild to moderate discomfort in the first few hours following the procedure.

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