​Meet Dr. Ahmad!

Charlotte’s only Board Certified Interventional Pain Physician whose fellowship training (U. Miami) included REGENERATIVE MEDICINE PROTOCOLS!

Stem Cell Carolina @ Advanced Sports and Spine is the only office in the Carolinas that offers all 3 gold standards with stem cell and regenerative therapies by a board certified interventional pain physician (A non-surgical orthopedist). 

You or someone you care about have 5 goals!

  1. Avoid surgery and the potential complications!
  2. Eliminate / greatly reduce pain!
  3. Maximize function so you can get back to enjoying life again!
  4. A realistic PLAN to accomplish this and the CONFIDENCE that Dr. Ahmad can make it happen!
  5. An affordable way to accomplish get there!

STEP 1:

You need to meet Dr. Ahmad and his team.  Dr. Ahmad is the man with the 5 step plan!  Dr. Ahmad’s goal with Non-Surgical Orthopedics is to accomplish your 5 goals!  With advanced fellowship training from University of Miami in BOTH traditional medical procedures for pain management AND REGENERATIVE MEDICINE procedures, Dr. Ahmad is at the forefront of what you wish your “regular doctor / orthopedist would do for you!”

Many (not all) of Dr. Ahmad’s procedures are covered by major medical insurance / Medicare.  So, regardless of your situation, you will leave Dr. Ahmad’s office with A PLAN!  Understand that Dr. Ahmad is the regions ONLY PHYSICIAN that practices BOTH traditional pain management procedures and Stem Cell – Regenerative injection procedures.  You will leave your initial consultation with CONFIDENCE that Dr. Ahmad’s training and extensive experience will provide you with the most realistic and affordable route to accomplish your 5 goals.

What’s your “Baseline”?

You will have a comprehensive evaluation thoroughly reviewing “how you got here”, and what exactly is the “Squeaky wheel that needs grease?”  You’ll have a pinpoint orthopedic evaluation including muscle testing, and x-rays.  You’d be surprised how many joint degeneration issues is a result of long-standing muscular imbalances!  Next, Dr. Ahmad will look inside your joint / tendon problem with ultrasound.  By using ultrasound, he can look functionally at many joints, tendons, and nerves, allowing him to make a more accurate diagnosis. For diagnosis and treatment, Dr. Ahmad uses the combination of his years of experience in sports medicine, interventional pain management, ultrasound diagnostics and these newer therapy options of regenerative medicine to help you heal from chronic injuries. This comprehensive approach provides you with a functional perspective that not only looks to accurately diagnose your injury, but to also look for factors that may have contributed to your injury so we can provide the most effective treatment and customized therapy.  By establishing your “Baseline”, we have something to compare to as you progress!

Step 2: JOINT PREPARATION:  PRP, “SUPER Irap Injections” GEL SHOTS” and BRACING

There have been some recent fascinating advancements regarding degenerated joint support, some of which are covered even by Medicare!

It’s understood that the inside of an arthritic, chronically-inflamed joint has very little oxygen (there are no arteries inside joints).  There are high levels of bad enzymes that actually break down cartilage, damage tissue, and cause pain. Think of it this way…  When you have a shot, the nurse wipes down the area of your skin to disinfect the area, right?  Well…

“Joint Preparation” really means “cleaning out and minimizing” the components of the inflammatory process that could slow down the effectiveness of your stem cell – regenerative injection.  This has nothing to do with steroids (cortisone)!

Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) has been found to have a higher concentration of Alpha 2 Macroglobulin (A2M), which has a strong anti-inflammatory effect to prevent breakdown of cartilage in joints. It also appears to promote tissue growth and support the overall restoration of osteoarthritic (OA) joints.

Scientific evidence supports that A2M is a key factor in slowing the progression of osteoarthritis at the molecular level.  A2M is a powerful protein that destroys degradation factors found in arthritic joints. Arthritic joints will have too low of a concentration to provide sufficient protection against catabolic (breakdown) factors found in the synovial fluid. Simply put, A2M protects your joints from the complexes that cause your joints to ache and wear out.

Research articles are now available that have shown that a healthy joint will have higher concentrations of A2M helping to balance the forces between regeneration and degeneration. When A2M concentrations are sufficient in a joint they provide cartilage protection by binding to and breaking down degradation proteases. A2M also acts to bind and regulate cytokines (small proteins that act by signaling other cells) and growth factors. It also blocks all known causes of cartilage degradation. This helps to promote the healing process, reduces pain, promotes increased strength of tissues, and improves overall function of the joint.

A2M within your own PRP inhibits the breakdown of cartilage and shuts down the destructive inflammatory proteins found in your joints. By acting early in the course of OA, during the acute phase of the disease, injections of A2M may slow the progression of OA, relieve pain, hinder or prevent cartilage loss and promote tissue growth and support for joint regeneration.

By injecting A2M via PRP back into your joints either by an A2M injection or a PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) injection, this protein will bind to destructive factors and help your body eliminate them and help promote recovery from surgery or injury. Due to the large size of this A2M protein it cannot easily make its way into a damaged joint. Although made in your liver and found in your blood, it is not a product from platelets, but is found in the plasma concentrated during centrifuging for PRP. We currently inject what we call releasate into your joint during a PRP procedure. Releasate is made from the protein poor plasma (PPP) we used to throw away during the concentration of PRP. By adding thrombin (clotting factor) to the PPP we are injecting a high concentration of growth factors and A2M into your knee. 

How does Dr. Ahmad accomplish this? – We’re glad you asked!

  1. AHMAD USES THE ANGEL® SYSTEM MACHINE Dr. Ahmad uses the Angel® System to produce the concentration of substance needed for the treatment. This machine uses 3-sensor technology (3ST) that can be configured to customize stem cell concentrations.

The Angel® System is used nationally in many of the best orthopedic programs in the field and major medical institutions.  This system is a fully automated machine that has the capacity to adjust stem cell concentration. These stem cell concentrations are used for medical treatments for various conditions including pain management treatments.

Remember, Dr. Ahmad was performing these PRP injections even while in his residency at the University of Miami – years ago!

“Gel shots”… On TURBO POWER!

A fascinating product called Flower Bio-Lab is packed with growth factors that are derived from amniotic fluid within a placenta designed to protect mechanical breakdown in joints, and advance the repair and reconstruction of damaged joints and soft tissue! (Growth factors attract stem cells!) This includes: Joint pain, muscle tears, knee meniscus tears, sports injuries, rotator cuff, tendonitis, plantar fasciitis, hips, lower back pain, sacro-iliac pain, neck pain,!  This product takes the “gel shots” you may have had in the past for your knee to the next level!

Bracing:  Most commonly a brace is prescribed for knee patients who demonstrate clinical indications of necessity based on our examination and imaging findings.  If you are indeed a candidate, use of a properly fit brace will be explained.  The purpose as you can imagine is to provide stability pre and post injection.  Think about it this way:  The stem cell injection includes producing a micro injury in the joint. As a result, you can expect the joint to be sore.  This can be everything from minimally sore to very sore.  If there are criteria for your joint to require a brace, then IT’S EVEN MORE IMPORTANT to have a brace after this occurs to provide stability during the healing process!

Limited Activity (At first) – how much?  This is based on YOUR particular situation:

The goal is to allow the stem cells to attach and then to protect them while they differentiate into cartilage.

Unloading Knee Brace Protocol:

You are to wear your brace for 4 weeks when weight-bearing (standing or walking). You do not have to sleep in it or wear it when sedentary. Each week you will alter the alignment in your brace with either the allen wrench or the dial on the hinge as instructed by your physician.

Step 3: This is why you are here!

Stem cell therapy is one of the most innovative procedures that uses mesenchymal cells in treating injuries, pain and damaged tissues.  Stem cell therapy is truly disruptive technology!  This is a non-surgical and non-opioid procedure supplements the natural healing process and produces minimal to no risk of complications or adverse effects.

The use of stem cell for pain management treatment yields fast, effective and lasting results. We use the patient’s own blood and follow FDA minimal manipulation guidelines to ensure a safe and reliable procedure.

Stem cell therapy harvests undifferentiated cells or “baby” cells from your own bone marrow, fat cells or on some occasions from the Wharton’s Jelly of processed umbilical cords. Your own stem cells are typically taken from your hip or “love handles” and the marrow or fat is placed in a centrifuge to obtain mesenchymal stem cells.  Wharton’s Jelly based stem cells are harvested from fully screened healthy samples from full term deliveries that do not contain any fetal or embryonic tissue, and are tested to FDA guidelines in a CLIA certified lab.  Each of these batches are guaranteed to have at least one million live stem cells.  Dr. Ahmad combines these stem cells after concentration with the Arthrex Angel System or the Harvest Adipose system (The 2 best centrifuge systems in the regenerative medicine industry) and combines this with your own PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) to serve as “the signal” to activate the stem cells to create the optimal environment for cartilage / soft tissue regeneration!

AFFORDABLE STEM CELL THERAPY IN CHARLOTTE

At Advanced Sports & Spine / Stem Cell Carolina in Charlotte, we put our patients first! Thus, we provide personalized patient care that is specific to your unique needs. Remember, Dr. Ahmad practices BOTH traditional and regenerative medicine – This means you WILL walk away with a workable PLAN, no matter what.

CONTACT US TODAY!

Stem cells harness the healing power of your own body and work to repair your damaged joints and tissue that have worn out due to age, injury, wear and tear.  Sometimes, it’s as simple as “too many birthdays!”  . With the use of stem cells, we aim to help patients get back to their way of life.  If you’ve read this far, – you’re ready to make a change in your life!  It’s time to take action.  You are in charge of your health.  Regenerate your peak potential!

Advanced Sports & Spine provides affordable stem cell therapy and other regenerative medicine treatments for patients in the Charlotte area. Contact us today at 704-457-7905 to schedule an appointment.

Step 5: Joint Rehabilitation:

By now, you understand that healing is a two way street .  Your doctor does his / her part and you have your work to do.

It is understood in the regenerative medicine field that “loading” of your currently dysfunctional area of concern is essential to maximize your long term outcomes.  For efficient cartilage / tissue repair to occur, you will have to do your exercises.  Based on your particular situation, Dr. Ahmad and his team will guide you whether it means a referral to physical therapy, home visits by a physical therapist or you doing your own exercises – on a regular basis!  Please understand that not only is “loading” essential to stimulate the growth of damaged tissue, but the vast majority of patients that have regenerative procedures performed have signifcant muscular IMBALANCES that either RESULTED from their problem or were a contributing CAUSE of their pain and dysfunction!

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