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Runner athlete running at seaside. AmnioVisc offered by Dr. Nathan Papadeas

Why Amniovisc is better then Orthovisc

Is AmnioVisc the new improved Orthovisc?

Viscosupplementation, aka Rooster Comb Injections have been around for many of years. These injections have been a go to treatment by many orthopedic surgeons for treatment for knee pain caused by osteoarthritis. They are made from a natural substance called hyaluronic acid that has almost no side effects. They act like a lubricant in the knee and reduce both friction and pain. But what if I told you at Desert Health Specialists we have found a way to improve these injections and potentially provide you longer relief. Introducing AmnioVisc, this is a injectable solution that combines the best that viscosupplemation injection offer with amnio allograoft fluid. With approximately 27 million americans suffering from osteoarthritis pain and not getting the relief they deserve with just the basic rooster comb injections, AmnioVisc could be the next big wave in Natural Pain Relief!

The Research

  • In a recent 275 patient study to assess its efficacy and safety Amniovisc outperformed Orthovisc and many of the other viscosupplementation injections. Research studies of AmnioVisc Click Here.
    • 180 Day post injection comparison
      • 78% AmnioVisc patients reported greater then 40% relief
      • 62% Monovisc patients reported greater then 40% relief
      • 50% Orthovisc patients reported greater then 40% relief
    • 6 month Comparison
      • 54.1% AmnioVisc patients reported continual improvement in pain reduction.
      • 33.8% of Synvisc-One patients reported continual improvement in pain reduction.

As you can see form the research this new injection is different that all the other osteoarthritis therapies. This is a Natural solution that is injected into your joint of pain which has the potential to provide real relief with out all the harmful side affects associated with other osteoarthritis injections.

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Target over a skeleton with elbow pain - Stem Cell Therapy for Tennis Elbow Golfer's Elbow

Treat Elbow Pain with Stem Cells

Stem Cell Therapy for Tennis Elbow Golfer’s Elbow 

Person grabbing their left elbow because it's red and in pain, Stem Cell Therapy for Tennis Elbow Golfer's Elbow Being in Arizona, Golfers and Tennis players have the luxury of being able to play year round. This is beneficial for those of us who are working on improving our game and enjoy being outside, but with the benefit of year round play also comes with some problems. Over use injuries are the number one reason why people develop what epicondylitis, aka tennis elbow or golfer’s elbow. Because of the ability to play year round people do not allow injuries to heal with proper down time. As one continues to play golf or tennis with tendonitis of the elbow (inflammation/irritation) that small injury starts to grow and becomes a larger problem. These types of injures if not treated intially can lead to lingering problems that could last for quite some time. The usual age for a person to start suffering from theses injuries is between 30 and 50. There are a multitude of reasons as to why one develops symptoms from improper movement patterns to weak muscles. Male in blue golf shirt and black pants swinging a golf club, Stem Cell Therapy for Tennis Elbow Golfer's Elbow Stem Cell Therapy for Tennis Elbow Golfer’s Elbow

Traditional treatments to relieve tennis elbow or golfer’s elbow consist of cortisone injections, physical therapy, stretching and then if none of those are successful surgery.  But what if I told you there is one other treatment that is starting to take the place of traditional medicine and is getting great results. Regenerative injection specifically “Stem Cell Therapy for Tennis Elbow Golfer’s Elbow ” has become one of the go to treatments before surgery to relieve pain. By placing these potent stem cell in the area of pain and irritation they have the ability to decrease inflammation, heal and repair Female playing tennis in pink shirt and black skirt, Stem Cell Therapy for Tennis Elbow Golfer's Elbow any injury that has occurred. These treatments use to be only for the elite athletes, but now everyday people looking to get out of pain and keep playing the sport they enjoy year round are now getting these treatments too. At Desert Health Specialists have seen patients from all ages to all skill levels benefit from these regenerative injections. You too could benefit from these treatments if you’re suffering with tennis or golfer’s elbow. Get the treatment that so many of your peers and even the professional athletes are getting now to get them back in the game and feel better, Naturally!!

Stem Cell Therapy for Tennis Elbow Golfer’s Elbow 

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Picture of a brain made of of words to describe stress Desert Health Specialists

Why Managing your Stress is Important

Everyone has experienced stress at some point in their life.  According to Webster dictionary it is a state of mental tension and worry caused by problems in your life or something that causes a strong feeling of worry or anxiety.   It can be a natural response that is activated in the brain that can cause both physical and chemical changes.  This has been termed your fight or flight response.

Reducing your stress levels is vital for maintaining your overall health.  By doing this you can improve your immune function, improve your mood or state of mind, and even promote longevity.  When stress overcomes you, you put your self at risk of developing various illnesses, such has heart disease, digestive diseases, and reduction of energy levels.  If stress levels are not properly managed changes in the body start to occur and some may even be irreversible.

Below are east tips to follow to help reduce the stress in your life.

1) Exercise:

Exercising produces an antidepressant like effect that helps to decrease the negative effects you may experience. Those who are quick to respond to stressful situations saw a drastic reduction in their physical symptoms that went along with the stress than those who did not.  Try at least 30 minutes of exercise daily to reduce stress.

2) Deep Breathing:

There are many techniques that can be used for relaxation and stress relief, but the most basic is deep breathing. One of the body’s automatic reactions to stress is rapid, shallow breathing.  By breathing slowly and deeply you can“turn off” your stress reaction and “turn on’ your relaxation response.

3) Rest/ Sleep:

It is important to have proper sleep and rest every day.  This gives our bodies a chance to repair any damaged cells and prepare for the next day.

4) Make time for Fun:

Set time aside for the things you enjoy.  Even if it is only a few minutes make sure you take time out of your busy schedule to do something that you love.  This gives you something to look forward to and allows you to relax.

5) Health Eating

Healthy eating allows you to be better prepared to cope with stress.  Make sure you are eating breakfast, the most important meal of the day.  Try to avoid caffeine and sugars as to not have the highs and lows in energy and mood.

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Person grabbing their heal in pain and it's all red. Stem Cell Therapy for Plantar Fasciitis Dr. Nathan Papadeas

Stem Cell Therapy for Plantar Fasciitis

Stem Cell Therapy for Plantar Fasciitis

Anatomy of a foot showing area of pain in plantar fasciitis - Stem Cell Therapy for Plantar Fasciitis, Dr. Nathan PapadeasDo you have pain when you wake up and take those initial steps once out of bed? If you do, you may be suffering what is termed as plantar fasciitis. These symptoms are experienced by most Americans some time during their life. Traditional treatments are physical therapy, cortisone injection and then finally surgery. What if I told you that professional athletes are forgoing many of those traditional treatments and having stem cell injections done to relieve their plantar fasciitis. Stem Cell Therapy for Plantar Fasciitis

What Causes Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis is caused by straining the ligament that supports your arch. Repeated strain can cause tiny tears in the ligament. These can lead to pain and swelling. This is more likely to happen if:

  • If four feet roll inward too much when you walk.
  • If you have high arches or flat feet.
  • If you walk, stand, or run for long periods of time, especially on hard surfaces.
  • If you’re overweight. 
  • If you wear shoes that don’t fit well or are worn out.
  • If you’re Achilles tendons or calf muscles are tight.

Process to Feeling Better, Naturally

At Desert Health Specialists we taking you through our 3 step process to relieving your Plantar Fasciitis. We work with you to identify the root cause of your pain and provide you natural pain relief. To find out more about Desert Health Specialists three step process and start your journey to feeling better, naturally, call his office for a free consultation (480) 237-3889.

Stem Cell Therapy for Plantar Fasciitis Research

  1. Kim E, Lee JH. Autologous platelet-rich plasma versus dextrose prolotherapy for the treatment of chronic recalcitrant plantar fasciitis. PM R. 2013 Jul 19. pii: S1934-1482(13)00369-9.
  2. Ragab EM, Othman AM. Platelets rich plasma for treatment of chronic plantar fasciitis. Arch Orthop Trauma Surg. 2012 Aug;132(8):1065-70
  3. Shetty VD, Dhillon M, Hegde C, Jagtap P, Shetty S. A study to compare the efficacy of corticosteroid therapy with platelet-rich plasma therapy in recalcitrant plantar fasciitis: A preliminary report. Foot Ankle Surg. 2014 Mar;20(1):10-3.


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Stem Cell Therapy For Knee Pain

Stem Cell Therapy For Knee Pain

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Knee pain is one of the top reasons why patients go and see the Doctor. Knee pain can occur at any age and for any reason. As we age, arthritis starts to affect our bones, for some it can be worst then others. The traditional treatment for knee pain has typically been either cortisone injections or major surgery. But what if I told you there is a new cutting edge treatment that can get you back on your feet doing what you do faster then surgery, and it’s Natural! Stem cell therap for knee pain is this new treatment that is taking the place of traditional orthopedic treatments. More and more patients are putting these invasive surgical procedures on hold and trying natural treatments and finding the relief they are looking for. Even professional athletes such as Tiger Woods, Kobe Bryant, countless NFL players, and now patients as yourself are able to get these treatments that make your feel better, Naturally!

Stem Cell Therapy For Knee Pain

anatomy of a healthy knee verse a knee full of arthritis. Stem Cell therapy for knee pain, Dr. Nathan Papadeas

As you can see in the image on the left, as we age our knee becomes more arthritic, which leads to pain. Stem cell therapy work in the area they are injected to help prevent further arthritic changes from occurring and they have the potential to heal some of those changes and any structural tears.

Stem cell therapy is starting to take the place of traditional orthopedic treatments such as cortisone injection, orthovisc injection, arthroscopy, and even prolonging a joint replacement. Every several decades medicine make a large jump in cutting edge treatments. The last major jump in orthopedics was in the 1960s when arthroscope surgeries were invented. This procedure changed the outcomes and prognoses for many athlete for several generations. Because it was less traumatic and more precise compared to its counter part, athletes were not having as many complications post surgery and were recovering with less scar tissue. But with this great advancement in orthopedics they were still unable to speed up the recovery time that one’s natural body provides. Stem cell therapy is on the forefront of becoming the next major advancement in orthopedics and pain relief medicine. These procedures are even less invasive compared to arthroscopes, but by giving our own body the supplies it’s needs to heal an injury faster, we may have just unlocked the keep to speeding up recovery times.

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Flu Season Ahead Yellow sign with a storm in the background - Beat the Flu Faster, Dr. Nathan Papadeas

How to Beat the Flu Faster

How to Beat the Flu Faster

The flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by the influenza viruses that infects the nose, throat, and lungs. It can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death.  This should not be confused with the “Stomach” Flu that causes vomiting and diarrhea. Most experts believe that flu viruses spread mainly by droplets made when people with the flu cough, sneeze or talk. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby. Below we will give our top tips on “How to Beat the Flu Faster”!


People who have the flu often feel some or all of these signs and symptoms:List comparing symptoms of flu verse cold, Beat the Flu, Dr. Nathan Papdeas

  • Fever* or feeling feverish/chills
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue (very tired)
  • Some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in children than adults,
  • *It’s important to note that not everyone with flu will have a fever.

Natural Approaches to Beat the Flu

  • Large amounts of fluids:
  • Water, vegetable juices, soups, teas
  • High Doses of Vitamin D
  • High Dose IV Bags once a month
  • Avoid Sugar and Dairy
  • Vitamin C
  • Oregano Oil
  • Olive leaf extract
  • Cold wet sock therapy
  • Hydrotherapy (alternating showers)
  • Steam Inhalation
  • REST!!!!

If you’re interested in getting a specific treatment plan tailored to you to help be a the flu this season, the Physician’s at Desert Health Specialists would love to help. If you mention this blog post you can receive 15% off your inital  IV treatment!

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Guy in a green shirt with a sweaty armpit - Dr. Nathan Papadeas offers Botox for Hyperhidrosis

Botox for Hyperhidrosis

Botox for Hyperhidrosis

Living in Arizona, especially during the summer, we tend to sweat way more then we’ d like. Have you ever been out with friends for dinner and lift your arm up to summon the server and notice you have a large sweat stain in the armpit of your nice shirt? At Desert Health Specialists we have a solution for you, its Botox for Hyperhidrosis.

Hyperhidrosis is the medical term describing over active sweat glands. Many Americans have a called primary axillary hyperhidrosis, aka “sweaty armpits”. Sweating isn’t a bad thing, as sweating is your body’s natural temperature regulator. But in primary axillary hyperhidrosis, sweating goes well above your body’s normal requirements for cooling. You probably even do several of the things listed below woman in a grey shirt with sweaty armpit stains that smell - Dr. Nathan Papadeas Botox for Hyperhidrosisalready because of your excessive sweating.

  • Change clothes frequently
  • Can’t wear white shirts anymore
  • Put absorbent materials under clothing
  • Avoid certain fabrics and styles of clothes
  • Get embarrassed when people point it out

At Desert Health Specialists we have a solution for your sweaty armpits, it’s Botox. Yes you read that right, Botox the treatment movie stars and celebrities have been using for year to keep their face from moving. Botox for hyperhidrosis can reduce sweating almost completely.  We have patient usually requesting treatment every 6 – 9 months even though only some of the underarm sweating has returned.  We see a lot of patients coming in for treatment in the spring right before our Arizona summers. Treatment is fast as we apply a topical anesthetic cream to help minimize the sensation from the injections.

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Pink Salmon with a glass of milk and a block of cheese portraying the Ketogenic Diet

Is the Ketogenic Diet right for Me?

Should I be on the Ketogenic Diet

The ketogenic diet has been gaining popularity in the diet world as the new up and coming diet for weight loss.  The diet is a low carbohydrate and high protein diet.  By eating large amounts of protein and very little carbohydrates it puts your body into a state of ketogenesis or where the body produces ketones in the liver that is used as energy.  When we eat carbohydrates our body produces glucose and insulin.  The body in turn uses glucose as the chosen energy source for our body.

When we reduce the amount of carbohydrates and increase the amount of fats in our diet it places our body in a metabolic state called ketosis.  When your body is in this state of ketosis it becomes very efficient at burning fat for energy and even supplies energy for the brain.  The ketogenic diet has been linked to a reduction of blood sugar and insulin levels that has many benefits on the body including fighting against Alzheimer’s, diabetes, and epilepsy.

The ketogenic diet means that you are eating less than 15 grams of net carbohydrates per day.  This allows your body to lower your glucose levels and use other sources for energy. The diet typically consists of about 70% fats, 25% proteins and 5% carbohydrates.  There are variations of this diet but the main take away is to keep your carbohydrates low.

If you are looking to start the ketogenic diet or feel this diet is right for you there are few things you should be careful of when starting this diet.  As your body is adapting to this new diet you may experience flu like symptoms including but not limited to poor energy, mental function, sleep disturbances, and digestive discomfort. If you think this is the diet for you call Desert Health Specialists today for a free 15 minute consultation.

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Micronutrient Test

Micronutrient Test

SpectraCell’s Micronutrient test provides the most comprehensive nutritional analysis available. It focuses on measuring your nutritional deficiencies at the cellular level. The micronutrient test assess how well your body is utilizing the 33 vitamins, minerals, amino/fatty acids, antioxidants, and metabolites needed for good health, performance, and recovery. This test provides personalized information about yExample graph of Spectracell's Micronutrient Testing - Dr. Nathan Papadeasour health and gives us a functional approach in how to address the clinical condition you might be experiencing. Common conditions can be seen below and the list of potential nutrient deficiencies along side.

You might be asking yourself right now why do I need to get tested against all these mineral and vitamins, I take a multi vitamin. Below you will read a brief out of JAMA (The Journal of American Medical Association) summary regarding why getting tested for micronutrients is so important.

“Although the clinical syndromes of vitamin deficiencies ar unusual in Western societies, suboptimal vitamin status is no. Because suboptimal vitamin status is associated with many chronic diseases, including cardiovascular diseases, cancer and osteoporosis, it is important for physicians to identify patients with poor nutrition or other reasons for increased vitamin needs”

– JAMA, Jun 19, 2002 – Vol 287. No 23. pg.3124

As you see majority of the supplement qualities are subpar and no absorbable leaving most of us taking those supplements vulnerable to nutritional deficiencies. Getting tested for micronutrient deficiencies is a quick easy blood draw and in a couple weeks your results will be in to go over with one of the Physicians. The Physicians at Desert Health Specialist have several treatment options once your results are back that they will discuss with you to help get your nutrients back to optimal

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SpectraCell’s Micronutrient Test includes:


  • Vitamin A
  • Vitamin B1
  • Vitamin B2
  • Vitamin B3
  • Vitamin B6
  • Vitamin B12
  • Biotin
  • Folate
  • Pantothenate
  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin D
  • Vitamin K


  • Calcium
  • Magnesium
  • Manganese
  • Zinc
  • Copper

Amino Acids

  • Asparagine
  • Glutamine
  • Serine

Fatty Acids

  • Oleic Acid


  • Alpha Lipoic Acid
  • Coenzyme Q10
  • Cysteine
  • Glutathione
  • Selenium
  • Vitamin E

Carbohydrate Metabolism

  • Chromium
  • Fructose Sensitivity
  • Glucose-Insulin Metabolism


  • Choline
  • Inositol
  • Carnitine


for Total Antioxidant Function


Immune Response Score

Common Deficiencies found when using Spectracell's Micronutrient Test - Dr. Nathan Papadeas




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Dr. Nathan Papadeas treating a patient with an acupuncture treatment to help relieve their pain

Acupuncture, the New Natural Pain Treatment

Acupuncture, the New Natural Pain Treatment

Acupuncture is a 2000 thousand year old traditional Chinese Medicine technique used to stimulate ones own natural healing.  This medicine is based on balancing two opposing forces the yin and the yang.  When these two opposing forces are not in harmony it may cause imbalances in the body such 5 acupuncture needles placed in the lower back of a patient by hand, Dr. Nathan Papadeasas pain or illness.  This life force called Qi (chee) flows through specific pathways, called meridians throughout your body allowing the yin and yang to be balanced.

Acupuncture uses tiny sterile needles placed in specific points to release the blocked Qi and stimulate ones own natural healing response. It can effect have effects on the nervous system, immune system, digestive tract, pain response, and even the endocrine system.  By unblocking the Qi it can resolve pain, improve well- being, aid in sleep, and even improve digestion.

How do we use Acupuncture

At Desert Health Specialist we treat a multitude of conditions using these traditional Chinese techniques. The main focus of our treatments is to relieve your pain. We use a technique we based off the book “The Gunn Approach to Chronic Pain”. This treatment is very similar to dry needling done by physical therapists, but with being trained in traditional oriental medicine we are able to come our lady laying peacefully during an acupuncture cupping treatment, Dr. Nathan Papadeasknowledge in how meridians flow through the body the our “Gunn treatment” giving patients the most therapeutic benefit.

Acupuncture, the New Natural Pain TreatmentAnother therapeutic treatment we combine with many of our acupuncture treatments is cupping. Cupping helps by releasing the fascia and bring blood to the area of pain. When combining this treatment with the “Gunn Treatment” we notice patients start to recover faster.

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  2. The Gunn Approach to Chronic Pain by C. Chan Gunn
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