Desert Health Specialists

Stem Cell Therapy

Repairing You, Naturally!

With medicine evolving we are able to now offer patient cutting edge treatment options that are alternatives to joint replacement surgery. Stem Cell Therapy for Arthritis and other injuries is that treatment. It is ideal for improving joint mobility, reducing joint pain, and preventing costly and painful surgeries.

Here at Desert Health Specialists, we understand you have seen other physicians or even surgeons that have diagnosed you or somebody you know with Arthritis, Degenerative Joint Disease or been told your joints are Bone-on-Bone.  As patients are diagnosed with these conditions, common medical treatments ensue, including anti-inflammatory drugs, pain killers, Rooster Comb Injections (Orthovisc/Synvisc), cortisone injections and possibly physical therapy. As treatments are tried the benefit and relief from many of these treatments is short lived and other treatment options are provided to take the pervious treatments place and still short lived results keep occurring. The end result for many of these conditions is major surgery like a total joint replacement or live with chronic pain and disability.  Well, we have a solution to all these problems and its Stem Cell Therapy.

Stem cell therapy for arthritis - Stem Cell Therapy Phoenix Arizona, Dr. Nathan Papadeas
Stem cell therapy for arthritis - Stem Cell Therapy Phoenix Arizona, Dr. Nathan Papadeas

Stem Cell Injection Therapy takes advantage of your body’s ability to repair itself naturally! With amniotic allograft injection therapy, one of our trained physicians injects the prepared amniotic solution into your area of pain. The injected amniotic solution contain anti-inflammatory properties, similar to that of cortisone but none of the negative and synthetic aspects cortisone injections contain. This solution goes far beyond the benefits of standard “cortisone injection therapy.” The growth factors found in the treatment may replace damaged cells in the area of your pain providing you pain relief. Additionally, amniotic injections contain a property called hyaluronic acid, which works to lubricate your joints and tendons, easing your pain and eventually restoring mobility.

Commonly Treated Injuries:

  • Osteoarthritis, Bone-on-Bone, Degenerative Joint Disease
  • Tendonitis & Tendenosis
  • Soft Tissue Injuries
  • Over Use Injuries (i.e., Rotater Cuff, Golfers Elbow, Tennis Elbow)
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Muscle Tear
  • and More!

Stem Cell Therapy FAQ

What Are Stem Cells

Stem cells have the remarkable potential to develop in to many different type of cells in the body.  When stem cells are used in tissue they serve as a sort of internal repair system, dividing essentially without limit to replenish the other cells that may be damaged. As stem cells divide they have the potential of remaining as a stem cell or becoming another type of cell with a more specific function, such as a muscle cell, a red blood cell, bone, skin and more. Because of these unique regenerative abilities, stem cells offer us potential to treat joint damage providing patients suffering from injury an extremely beneficial natural healing response. Thus depending on the pain you are suffering Stem Cell Therapy for Arthritis is very beneficial.

Are Amniotic Stem Cells Safe

From donor qualification to lot-release testing, we are committed to the safety and quality of our products.

Most human tissue products are derived from cadavers and processed by third-party tissue banks. We believe the use of live, healthy donors is a better approach to regenerative medicine. The placental-derived allografts are recovered from live, healthy donors that we pre-screen during pregnancy and choose based on our stringent donor selection criteria. From aseptic recovery of the tissue at childbirth to timely processing of our allografts, our protocols and procedures have been developed to meet or exceed all applicable industry standards for the use of human cellular and tissue-based products. Our operating entities are registered with the FDA and accredited by the American Association of Tissue Banks.

Doner Testing:

All potential donors are pre-screened during an examination of pre-natal medical records and test results. A comprehensive medical history and behavior risk assessment is obtained from the donor prior to donation incorporating U.S. Public Health Service guidelines. Discussions with the physician and/or the donor mother are conducted to identify circumstances that may lead to the exclusion of the donor or donated tissue.

Our infectious disease screening requirements meet or exceed all FDA requirements. Thus we are able to use Stem Cell Therapy for Arthritis.


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How do Stem Cells Work

Stem Cell Therapy for Arthritis has 4 different key components


Extracellular matrix composition of Collagens I, III, IV, V, VII and other structural proteins provides a natural scaffold to facilitate cellular adhesion while assisting cellular migration and proliferation.(1)


Growth factors found in amniotic tissue such as PDGF, VEGF, EGF, FGF and TGF-B promote cellular proliferation and new collagen formation and minimize scar tissue formation.(1)


Interleukin-1 receptor antagonists (IL-1RA) and Tissue Inhibitor of Metalloproteinase (TIMP) 1, 2, 3, 4 proteins present in amniotic tissues suppress and modulate inflammation and pain.(2)


Amniotic tissues have been described as immune-privileged because they rarely evoke an immune response in the human body.



1. Gruss, J, et al. Human amniotic membrane: a versatile wound dressing. CMA Journal 1978; Vol 118: 1237-1246. Niknejad, H, et al. (Stem Cell Therapy for Arthritis)

2. Properties of amniotic membrane for potential use in Tissue Engineering. European Cells and Materials 2008; Vol 15: 88-99.

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Where do perinatal stem cells come from

At Desert Health Specialists, we use products provided by PalinGen® (Amniotic Technology LLC). These cells are taken directly from the amniotic fluid of donors who are between 18-35, have no prior medication use or other chemical substances. A careful history is take regarding their social life, as well as their medical history. Their blood is tested for communicable diseases. Once they have past all the rigorious testing and screening then they my become a donor. At the time of caesarian delivery, the baby is delivered healthy and the placenta (which in past was typical discarded) is collected aseptically along with the Amniotic Fluid. The tissues are then retested to ensure safety and viability.  The tissues then will be processed to the highest standards. Adhering to the AATB, and FDA rules and regulations to ensure safety of the tissue before it is released for use.


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Am I a Candidate?

Patients who are considering a Joint Replacement should give us a call for a second opinion. If you have been suffering from worn/torn cartilage, ligaments, tendons and degeneration of your joints, you are a potential candidate for stem cell injection therapy.

By scheduling an Appointment at Desert Health Specialists one of our Physicians will review your imaging studies along with complete a physical exam to evaluate and see if you are a candidate forStem Cell Therapy for Arthritis. In severe cases patients osteoarthritis and degenerative joint disease may be to advanced to receive the benefices of this therapy. For these rare cases we work closely with and Orthopedic Surgeon we can refer you to.

Alternatives to Stem Cell Therapy

Prolotherapy and PRP are viable alternatives to Stem Cell Therapy for Arthritis. To read more regarding if these injections are right for you click on the link below.

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 I just finished my fourth prolotherapy treatment at Desert Health Specialists for my lower back and I feel like a new person! I have seen other Physicians who either recommended surgery or said I would just have to live with the pain. Thanks to Dr. Papadeas I am now able get back to the things I enjoy doing!

– CK Chandler, AZ

Dr. Fox – Just wanted to take a minute and thank you for all you have done. The treatments for the shoulder tendonitis were spot on. Normal day to day activities are pain free. Best of all sleeping thru the night is not a problem anymore.

PS: Finished 3rd at the Tucson Scottish Highland Games!

– TJ Scottsdale, Arizona

These PRP treatments are amazing! My knee has never felt so good! I am able to run and exercise now like I use to! Thanks Desert Health Specialists!

– BM Scottsdale, AZ

My sentiments of gratitude are immense, and my words of praise are abundant, for the “magical” treatment I received from Dr. Nathan Papadeas and Dr. Joelle Fox, after suffering a sprained ankle and a torn tendon while playing soccer. In no time, my disabled ankle returned to full functionality, and the strong pain that I had suffered all throughout my injury, rapidly dissipated, to never return.

I would highly recommend Dr. Nathan Papadeas and Dr. Joelle Fox to any person who has suffered an injury and is seeking caring, professional, excellent, supreme doctors, with an impeccable history and reputation of proven and most successful results.

– PA Scottsdale, AZ