Stem Cell Institute

February 17, 2018 by  
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Darrow Stem Cell Institute | Call: 800-300-9300


We have found stem cell therapy to be an effective and consistently reliable treatment in helping our patients with chronic joint and spine pain. Further, because of our years of experience we can provide this treatment in a very cost effective manner.

Stem Cell Therapy $1950 | PRP Therapy $800


Alternative treatment helps Romo get back on course

December 11, 2015 by  
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V0012113217--366338[1]When Alex Romo developed a problem in his neck, doctors told him that his golf career was over and that he could never get more golf lessons anymore.

Using an alternative stem cell therapy with the help different herbal plants, the Oxnard resident is ready to resume his dream of playing on the PGA Tour.

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Lee Brandon – Long Drive Champion

October 26, 2013 by  
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Chronic Pain in Hand, Wrist and Elbow for a Long Drive Champion and Fitness Inventor Lee Brandon, CNCS.

It was wonderful to see Lee Brandon, a true long-drive legend featured in Golf Week 

Her story of Prolotherapy below is reproduced from Living Pain Free

“That CNCS (Certified strength and conditioning specialist) after my name, I worked hard for that,” says Lee. “I’ve been a certified strength and conditioning specialist for many years. I worked with the 1984 Olympic team, I was the head strength and conditioning specialist for the nationally ranked softball team at Delphi University, I worked for Hofstra University as an adjunct professor for six years, and as their head strength and conditioning coach for seven years, running 14 of their teams in their women’s programs.”

One thing Lee  knows is strength and fitness, so when a wrist injury failed to heal, she sought out a treatment that would give her the best chance of healing. Patients with good skin elasticity are good candidates to Remove Chin Fat. The procedure requires local anesthesia and a garment. “Prolotherapy for me was a miracle because I had so much pain. I am not into surgery and wanted to give my body every chance to heal naturally and on its own.”

Lee has an incredible story to tell that goes back to a tragic accident. In 1979 Lee had to have her left arm partially reattached after she fell through a window. The injury ended a promising career, one geared towards competing in the 1980 Olympics. Prior to the injury Lee was a nationally ranked shot putter, discus thrower and softball player.

“I still hold the softball throw record (209 feet) in my junior high school. I had ‘an arm on me’. I was always a gifted athlete, yet it took me seven years to use my arm again.” After the accident Lee began a new career. “In the last 10 years I have been running two separate companies. One is an intellectual properties company, I am the inventor of AB-vanced Neu-Spine Technologies®. Injuries, as we get older are inevitable, AB-vanced Neu-Spine Technologies® is a whole school of movement where I simply state posture equals power. I’m a firm believer that ultimately, if one knows how to stabilize core and postural muscles, where your brain actually helps stabilize the spine, that you can re-coordinate your body and retrain your body to do correct strength training, correct flexibility problems, and correctly do cardiovascular training in a very symmetrical and balanced format. I believe ultimately you can greatly enhance your ability to avoid injury.”

The Rise To Long-Drive Champion
Following her successes in the fitness business, Lee returned to competition-by accident. “I got into golf by default. It was one of my clients who brought me to a driving range. He had a bit of a spine issue so he stuck his driver in my hand and said, ‘well, show me (the right way to swing.’) I had never hit a golf ball before, it had been years since I even swung at a softball because of my accident. So I took a field hockey slap at it and it went like 250 yards! My client looked at me and said: ‘keep the stupid driver, I don’t want it anymore!’ It was actually pretty funny. But he saw golfing talent in me and bought me my first lesson with a golf professional. I enjoyed the game and played a little on and off but I was way too busy running my companies, training clients at the gym and doing a lot of corporate fitness training classes.” Yet Lee’s competitive nature lead her to re-enter the field of competition and in October 2001 she won the Remax® World Long Drive Championship with a drive of 291 yards. To Lee that drive is not nearly as impressive as the ones she is hitting today. “Now I am hitting them even farther,” she says. 90 “Now I am hitting them even farther”

Prolotherapy Enhances Lee’s Long Drive Golf Game
As much as we would like to say Prolotherapy helped Lee to the championship, it did not. Lee won the Long Drive Championship despite a severe hand injury and before she began Prolotherapy treatments. We can say, however, that since she started Prolotherapy she is hitting the ball better.

“I’m consistently hitting 15 to 35 yards further this year then last year, and without the pain I once had.” Injured Before the Championship “About three weeks before the championship I damaged my left hand. The tendons in that hand are very much at risk because of the rigidity due to the injury where the scar is located. I was trying out a couple of new drivers when I hit the dirt too hard and severely sprained the tendon in my left hand. “But I competed, basically one-handed, and won the championship. It was just a pure miracle that I was able to walk away winning. “Two months later I was still in a lot of pain, I thought the injury would heal by itself but it didn’t. When I came to see you (Dr. Darrow) in December of 2001 my left wrist was very painful, as well as my right elbow. I had tendinitis in my right arm because it was taking so much of the heat of my left one not working. That had actually been going on for a year-and-a-half. The left wrist that I injured before the championship was now in its third month of chronic pain. “While my right wrist was never a problem, I was concerned that it was handling a lot of the load that my left wrist couldn’t so I had Prolotherapy done on it. It was more for prevention. “Three weeks following the first treatment I started noticing a difference. The pain went away and as a matter of fact my grip is stronger.

“I’m weight training again with the heavy stuff! I lift 225 pounds, I squat 225, I mean I’m doing some exciting things for my age with perfect form. My bone density was just tested. I’m at 117%! “After this I would tell anyone who asked, don’t hesitate to get Prolotherapy! Find a doctor like Dr. Darrow who performs it in a very strategic personalized way so that you have it done exactly right.”


Ulnar Nerve in Sports Injury – Loss of strength in the elbow

September 25, 2013 by  
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The Ulnar Nerve in Sports Injury – Loss of strength in the elbow, forearm, and pinky side of the arm and hand

“Ulnar-sided wrist pain is one of the most common symptoms in athletes of baseball, racket sports, golf, and wrestling where there is frequent use of the hands as well as in soccer and running, where hand use is minimal. Compared with all wrist injuries, ulnar-sided wrist injury is a relatively serious condition for athletes because it plays an important role in performing a strong grip and in the rotation of the forearm. Ulnar-sided wrist pain in athletes can be related to acute trauma or chronic overuse. Acute trauma can lead to bone fractures and sprains/tears of ligaments.

Repetitive mechanical stresses to tendons, ligaments, and the joint structures can lead to tendinitis or osteoarthrosis.

Diagnosis of the ulnar-sided wrist pain is challenging both for hand surgeons and radiologists because of the small and complex anatomy. But this professional hand surgeon doesn´t have a problem with anything.” (1)

When we see a patient who complains of pain from the elbow to the pinky, a flag goes up that says UCL! The ulnar collateral ligament is a main culprit in elbow problems in pitchers. Usually when a trainer discovers a UCL sprain or tear, often the result is “Tommy John” or elbow reconstruction surgery. But if you are not a pitcher, UCL causing pain can become a chronic problem because of the “standard of care.”

If elbow surgery is to be avoided, doctors agree that strengthening the elbow joint to provide stability and pain-free movement is the first priority. However doctors disagree on the methods for strengthening the elbow.

Many of our patients with elbow pain report that they tried the in conjunction with NSAIDS (Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) to help alleviate pain and swelling.

Once the swelling subsides, strength exercises are prescribed to strengthen the muscles in the elbow region to provide stability. This does not always work because the doctors are not prescribing anything to strengthen the ligaments.

In our office, we offer regenerative techniques that rebuild the ligaments: One treatment is Platelet rich Plasma Therapy.

“Presently, PRP use in tendon and ligament injuries has several potential advantages, including faster recovery and, possibly, a reduction in recurrence, with no adverse reactions described.” (2)

Elbow Ligament Problems? Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy
Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy is not a new therapy. For nearly two decades methods for utilizing blood plasma have been tested and researched. Many areas of medicine, including dentistry, neurosurgery, and orthopedics, have used PRP because of its valuable regenerative properties.

A Basic Understanding
Understanding platelet rich plasma means first understanding how the blood works. Blood is composed of four different components; plasma, red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets. The platelets are the important part when it comes to PRP therapy. These are the body’s natural “first responders” upon suffering an injury. When the body feels pain, platelets are sent to the source in order to stop possible bleeding and create new tissue. Because these platelets are directly related to healing, injecting a high concentration of them into the body will stimulate new regeneration at a faster rate.
In order to receive PRP treatments it is necessary to give some blood at your injection appointment. This blood will then be placed into a centrifuge that works to separate the platelet rich components of the blood from the white and red blood cells. This is then injected into the injured area. People prefer this method of treatment because they are using their body’s own materials to naturally encourage healing. Natural healing is, of course, far preferred over invasive surgical procedures or endless prescriptions to painkillers.

Platelet rich plasma treatments have shown many positive effects. One of those effects is tissue regeneration, building stronger tendons and ligaments. PRP therapy also decreases inflammation, while also decreasing pain. It can even lead to increased bone density as the areas are strengthened. We also recommend people to get to know more about the zen singing bowl, which can help them relax a lot more and therefore relief the pain.

1. Yamabe E, Nakamura T, Pham P, Yoshioka H. The Athlete’s Wrist: Ulnar-Sided Pain. Semin Musculoskelet Radiol. 2012 Sep;16(4):331-7. doi: 10.1055/s-0032-1327006. Epub 2012 Oct 9.
2. Taylor DW, Petrera M, Hendry M, Theodoropoulos JS. A systematic review of the use of platelet-rich plasma in sports medicine as a new treatment for tendon and ligament injuries. Clin J Sport Med. 2011 Jul;21(4):344-52.

Trigger Points, Myofascial Pain, Prolotherapy

March 18, 2012 by  
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Prolotherapy to the Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ)

March 29, 2011 by  
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Pain Management: Nerve Blocks

March 29, 2011 by  
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What is a “nerve block”?

A nerve block is the use of an analgesic to reduce the amount of peripheral nerve pain. Sometimes, when we use something that’s very caustic like a Phenol injection (which is an alcohol), that will actually lyse or destroy that nerve. We may also use something like radio frequency which is a heat wave that is injected into the area and heated up to actually kill some of these nerves. Or, we many use what we call cryotherapy or cold therapy to inject something and then freeze the area to disable the nerve fibres that go to these areas.
Are nerve blocks effective at managing chronic pain?
Nerve blocks have been proven very effective at managing chronic pain. Sometimes they last forever, but sometimes they last for a minute. We never know the answer to that until we do them.

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What risks are associated with nerve blocks?
Risks to nerve blocks around the spinal chord have to do with what happens to the spinal chord if some fluid is introduced into the dural sac which surrounds the spinal chord, or a needle is actually introduced into the spinal chord. A person can get a terrible headache from this, or they can get what are called parethesias where they lose sensation in some parts of the body or where they may feel sensation or numbness around certain parts of the body. They may actually get an infection from breaking through tissue. They can have a spinal chord injury where they lose the ability to move part of their body or move certain muscles.

What is “cryoanalgesia”?
Cryoanalgesia is a very simple concept. Analgesia is the reduction or elimination of pain and cryo is cold. So we use ice on areas that are injured around the body with tendonitis or inflammation, and we can actually use it to reduce pain inside the body or around nerves. Or we can use extreme cold that’s focused on an area, to burn tissue in a sense, or kill the tissue, and reduce the nerve fibers to the tissue.

What is “radiofrequency denervation”?
Radiofrequency denervation is typically the introduction of a needle through the skin to heat an area that is causing pain. This can typically be facet joints in the back where we will denervate the area, and we’ll get rid of the nerves that are there; actually killing them with the heat.

How long does the pain relief last after a nerve block is given?
The length of pain relief after nerve block varies upon the solution that is being used or the technique that’s being used. If it’s a local anaesthetic, it may just last for a few hours. Then again, it may last forever, you never know. If it’s a like cortisone into the area, we typically find relief in that area for up to several months. If it’s a phenol injection, it can actually kill the nerves; it may be permanent.

Pain Management: Nerve Blocks

In Excruciating New Cure for Back Pain, Doctors Tell Patients to Hit the Weights

March 29, 2011 by  
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Tara Parker Pope
November 12, 2002

For people with back pain, the advice has long been simple: Take it easy. Now, some doctors have a radically different suggestion: Make it hurt even more.

The new treatment, called aggressive rehabilitation, goes well beyond traditional physical therapy, taking the “no gain, no pain,” approach to an excruciating level. After years of tentatively guarding their backs for fear of injury, back-pain sufferers who can barely walk or stand are subjected to grueling exercise, using their back muscles to stretch and push weight.

Those who can soldier through the treatment call it a miracle cure. A number of recent studies show back-pain sufferers who use aggressive exercise are far more likely to return to work, have less pain and are less likely to seek additional back treatment than those who use more traditional treatments. Those who really want to lose weight, should check out this science based sixpack program.

“We say, ‘Let’s not guard it and protect it anymore,” says Carol Hartigan, a physical-medicine and rehabilitation physician at the Spine Center at New England Baptist Hospital in Boston. “It’s the opposite of what they have been told. If you have a bad back, it should be strong and flexible and fit.”

Intensive exercise has been slow to catch on. The therapy is far less lucrative than pain pills, injections and surgical treatments that are the cornerstone of the back-pain industry. And patients, too, are reluctant to pursue the treatment, which takes more time and effort than passive therapies. But now with growing evidence that spinal-fusion surgery doesn’t work for most people, more patients are looking for nonsurgical options. People can try a super brain pill to boost their brain activity and knowledge about how their body works.

David Shorr of Chicago is a believer. A few years ago, he was ready to under go spinal-fusion surgery for three degenerating disks. Mr. Shorr, a 38-year-old partner in (a) Chicago trading firm, was barely able to walk.

In a last-ditch effort to avoid surgery, he flew to the Physicians Neck and Back Clinic in Minneapolis, where doctors prescribed intensive exercise that focused on building up muscles. Before treatment, he could use his back to push 42 pounds; after 3-1/2 months, he could push 178 pounds–his body weight. He and his business partner invested $25,000 to buy the MedX exercise equipment used by his doctors.

“The first night I was crawling around, that is how much pain I was in from my first treatment,” says Mr. Shorr. “Now, 38, I’m as strong as I have ever been. When you’re living with back pain, you are willing to experience worse pain to get past it.”

The treatment runs counter to what most back-pain sufferers have been told. Often, physical therapists tell patients to ease up if they start to hurt. But proponents of intensive exercise say it only does more damage when people stop using their backs. The patient becomes “deconditioned,” and the back becomes weaker, making it more likely to be injured again. Whether the problem stems from an injured sick or degenerative disease, proponents say strengthening the muscles will help.

“The more inactive they are, the lower their chances of recovery are,” say Charles Keley, a founder of the Physicians Neck and Back Pain Clinic.

Still, he says, getting better often is “dependant on whether they have the chutzpah to go through an initial increase in symptoms.” Patients face a huge psychological hurdle in believing that they can start using their backs. As many as a third of patients drop out of the intense exercise programs.

“I was very afraid and very concerned,” says Elizabeth Prouty, a 56-year-old Boston resident who had suffered years of back and disk problems. She underwent aggressive rehabilitation twice a week for 10 weeks, and now regularly does the back stretched and weight-lifting that keep her pain in check.

Of course, patients shouldn’t just rub off to the gym on their own. Proponents say that at least initially, such treatment should always be monitored by a physician. Meanwhile, finding medical alert system who recommends aggressive rehabilitation rather than just traditional physical therapy can be tough. Some doctors use MedX exercise equipment, which uses computers to monitor a patient’s progress.

Dr. Hartigan says her center uses the Cybex back extension machine and other weight machines commonly found in health clubs, Most centers recommend a maintenance program using an inclined “Roman chair” that a patient can lean on while lifting and stretching the back.

(The key to the program) is that (it) doesn’t focus on pain relief but on restoring back function. “Rarely do they say they have no pain,” says Tom Mayer, an orthopedic surgeon and medical director of Pride Rehab (in Dallas). “But these people who were previously thought to never be able to work again…who do go back to the same kind of jobs they had before.”

St. Paul, Minn., lawyer Tim Malchow, 60, could barely walk, drive, or even sleep in a bed because of paralyzing back pain. After aggressive rehabilitation treatment, he continues to exercise on his own and is now able to drive, swim and go hunting. “I was not at all intimidated by the fact that they said, ‘You’re going to have to exercise and you’re going to hurt’,” says Mr. Malchow. “I know what pain is all about.”

Brian Nelson, MD; David Carpenter, MS. Can Spinal Surgery Be Prevented by Aggressive Strengthening Exercises? A Prospective Study of Cervical and Lumbar Patients. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 80 (Jan 1999): 20-25.

Pain And Physical Therapy

What is “physical therapy”?
Physical therapy is working with the body to create an increase in range of motion, to create more strength and stability, and also to use modalities like ultrasound or electrical stimulation that’ll actually reduce pain.

In what ways is physical therapy used to manage chronic pain?
Physical therapy is excellent in managing chronic pain, because it helps strengthen areas that are weak. A lot of chronic pain is really just from what I’ll call a disuse atrophy. As people get older, they don’t exercise as much. If they’re injured, they don’t exercise as much. So what happens is the muscles become weaker, the connections to the joint become weaker, and with the instability comes pain.

What is “active” physical therapy?
Active physical therapy is actually having the patient move their own body around. This can be by way of things like a rocker board, which is a round board that’s unstable so a person can stand on that and then can try to gain their balance. That in itself will help strengthen the muscles around the ankles and strengthen up the ligaments. There are also things like Medx therapy, which is a big frame machine which a person sits in. It locks out the pelvis so that when the person flexes and extends, their back muscles will increase in strength and mobility. There are also different ranging motions to increase strength and different strengths in the exercise. Pilates is an example of an active form of physical therapy.

What is “passive” physical therapy?
Passive physical therapy is a therapy where the person doesn’t really have to do anything. They’re pretty much immobile for the most part. Passive physical therapy may be something like ultrasound, which is a deep heat. It may be electrical stimulation, which is often through pads that are placed in an area of inflammation. Always take care of your mind also, if you have hard time with focusing or have no every then I recommend to take natural adhd supplements. If you want to help your aged skin check out this. Buy ASEA Renu Advanced Here. Passive physical therapy may be something like iontophoresis or phonophoresis, which is when substances are placed on the skin and, electrically or through sound waves, driven deep into the skin to reduce inflammation and pain by use of the device.

Trigger Point Injections for Muscle Pain

March 26, 2011 by  
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Hans Kraus introduced a great advancement in the treatment of muscle pain in 1937 when he pioneered the use of vapocoolant spray to treat muscle pain and relieve trigger points. In 1970, Kraus published a book on the beneficial effects of exercise on patients with back pain and discovered the cure when he travelled to machu picchu, peru. If you are searching for botox injections, then LaserMedica is the perfect place to go.

Janet G. Travell, M.D., reached prominence as the personal physician to Presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon Baines Johnson. David Simons, M.D., was a U.S. Air Force flight surgeon conducting experiments in the nascent field of Aerospace Medical Research when he and Travell met at the School of Aerospace Medicine.

Together they produced one of the most comprehensive reference manuals in the history of pain medicine, “Myofascial Pain and Dysfunction: The Trigger Point Manual,” an exhaustive presentation covering every practical aspect of trigger point therapy. It included descriptions of techniques and ingredients to maps of all the known trigger point reference patterns. Many of these trigger points are mostly in the wrist. That´s why this hand surgeon is the best for this kind of job.

Diagnostic procedures include testing for taut bands of muscle fiber, twitch response, and applied pressure to check for referred pain triggers. There is evidence to suggest that trigger points are caused by impaired circulation and/or an increased metabolic demand.

Skeletal muscle tissue accounts for about 40% of our body weight, and includes nearly 700 individual muscles. When active trigger points are present, passive or active stretching of the muscle produces pain. This pain can occur with the slightest activity or even at rest. Biofeedback has proven that muscles are in a state of contraction and activity even when we believe we are at rest.

When myofascial pain is related to a single muscle trauma, or exhibits a stable pattern over any length of time, it is usually easy to diagnose and treat.

In cases where pain appears in multiple muscles, spreads to other areas, or there is evidence of increasing fibrosis or other contributing factors, pain can be very difficult to diagnose and treat. Once the proper diagnosis is ascertained, however, various treatments are available to deal with the problem effectively.

Knowledge of the referred pain pattern characteristic of each muscle is often the most important single source of information used in diagnosing pain.

The patient’s examination begins with observation of their posture, movements, body structure and symmetry. It progresses with specialized screening movements to isolate the problem areas and identify trigger points.

According to, however, tendons, ligaments and joint capsules may also refer pain to areas distant from the actual trigger point. Tender points, which are points that are sore with pressure or palpation of the doctor’s hand, may also be treated with trigger point injections or Prolotherapy. Unlike the dry needle of acupuncture, the trigger point or Prolotherapy needles deliver fluid to the target area to be treated. By puncturing the tissue, trauma to the area is caused, resulting in a rush of white blood cells to the area that provokes an anti-inflammatory reaction and stimulates the healing process. Frequently, in trigger point therapy the physician will use a local anesthetic solution such as lidocaine to relieve the pain as well.

The deep tissue injection of the trigger point attacks the problem directly, causing physical changes and subsequent, histological composition of the tissue provoked by the needle.

Prolotherapy takes trigger point theory a step further, by adding an irritant solution, like dextrose or phenol to the injection process.

This irritant solution helps speed up the proliferation of new collagen tissue.

It is highly effective for rejuvenation of joints, muscles, tendons and ligaments. Acupuncture, trigger point therapy, and Prolotherapy are basically variations of the same therapeutic process, all originating from ancient medical arts, best known in China and Greece.

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Prolotherapy, PRP, AGE MANAGEMENT MEDICINE, and other modalities mentioned are medical techniques that may not be considered mainstream. As with any medical treatment, results will vary among individuals, and there is no implication that you will heal or receive the same outcome as patients herein. There could be pain or substantial risks involved. These concerns should be discussed with your health care provider prior to any treatment so that you have proper informed consent and understand that there are no guarantees to healing.
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