Success Stories

Read the incredible, life-changing stories of patients who have received regenerative medicine treatments from SWSS.

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Is Regenerative
Medicine For You?

Find out if you’re a candidate for one of our regenerative medicine procedures (Stem Cell, Plasma Rich Platelet (PRP) or Fibrin Disc Repair) by taking our online questionnaire.

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Our Providers

When you’re dealing with a sporting injury or pain in your back, muscles, joints, or nerves, a real solution can often feel out of reach. Southwest Spine & Sports is your solution. Our expert team of board-certified physical medicine and rehabilitation doctors (physiatrists) will take the necessary time to effectively diagnose and explain the nonsurgical treatments available to you.

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PRP as a Treatment Option for Knee Related Injuries

Knees take a lot of wear and tear each and every day. The majority of a person’s body weight is forced directly into the knee joints, so they experience compression forces often and can deteriorate quickly. There are a variety of common knee injuries, including arthritis, knee tendonitis, and ligament tears and strains. Read more

How Does Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) Aid in Injury Recovery?

Injuries, whether from sports, running, weightlifting, or other activities, can wear down the body and limit your functionality and quality of life. Damage often becomes more and more common as the body gets older, and it also becomes harder for the body to heal. Repetitive injuries can also become more problematic. PRP regenerative medicine therapies […] Read more

Is PRP Therapy Safe?

The medical field is constantly adapting, and treatment options are becoming more effective and efficient in healing injuries. One of the biggest areas of medicine that is undergoing constant change is the healing of physical injuries and here at Southwest Spine and Sports we proudly offer these treatments. As life expectancy continues to increase, more […] Read more

Mesenchyme Stem Cells and Their Role in Regenerative Medicine

The use of mesenchyme stem cells (MSCs) for healing the body is becoming more and more popular, and the benefits that this treatment option offers can play a huge role in joint health. For joint problems, such as ligament injuries, cartilage breakdown and tears, and osteoarthritis, many of the treatment options available focus on reducing […] Read more

Image Guided Injections

Therapies utilizing injections are becoming increasingly popular. Some of the components that can be injected in these types of treatments can include corticosteroids, platelet rich plasma, mesenchymal stem cells, biologic tissues and matrices, and many others. While most of these therapy options have been shown to be quite effective at pain management and tissue healing, […] Read more

What is the History of Platelet-Rich Plasma?

Platelet-rich plasma, also known as PRP, contains a high concentration of growth factors and platelets. PRP that is used in regenerative medicine is autologous, meaning that it is generated from a person’s own body. About six percent of normal blood is made up of platelets. On the other hand, PRP contains about 94 percent platelets. […] Read more

How Regenerative Medicine is Changing Treatments for Osteoarthritis

In the United States, osteoarthritis is the most prevalent joint disorder. Around 50 percent of individuals are likely to be diagnosed with arthritis at some point in their lifetimes, and this risk increases even more for those who are overweight or obese. This disorder can cause joint pain, stiffness, tenderness, and can have a huge […] Read more

The Discseel® Procedure

If you are like most back pain sufferers, you are willing to try anything to get your pain-free life back. However, not all treatment options are the same. Currently, the traditional treatments for repairing a damaged or torn spinal disc leave patients with a host of side effects, without consistently providing relief. Read more

Rachel McCarroll

Platelet Rich Plasma Leads to A New Way to Walk

Walking on a waterbed is just no fun. It’s unstable and you wobble – a lot. That’s how Rachel McCarroll felt when she walked. A 2010 fall injured her right leg and led her California doctors to put a pin in her right femur. The Phoenix resident didn’t feel comfortable from the start. “I assumed they must have touched the muscle,” she said. “Nothing showed up in the MR, X-rays, or anything. After they let me go at the hospital, it still hurt.”  Read more

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Disc Treatment Brings Immediate Relief

A bend here, a lift there, and next thing you know, two years of pain. That’s what happened to Debra Trindle and her back. The Phoenix resident isn’t sure how she injured her back, but a November treatment with Dr. Michael Wolff, MD, at Southwest Spine & Sports surpassed her expectations. Read more

Stephen Case

Disc Treatment Overcomes Life’s Speed Bumps

They might look harmless, but even low-rise speed bumps can do serious damage. Travelling at the 35 mph speed limit near the Ontario (CA) airport one night in 2009, Stephen Case’s vehicle hit a poorly marked speed bump. “The pain was instantaneous,” Case said, “and excruciating. Read more

Nancy Melano

No More Heavy Lifting, But Platelet Rich Plasma Does Bring Smiles

“I put too much stress on my shoulders when I was redecorating a house,” Melano said. “I was removing pictures from the house and had my arms up all day, hammering and hanging.” The next day, Melano, 78, decided to work on the library in the house. “I was on the last run, picking up one more box of books and it felt like a rubber band broke in my left shoulder. “ Read more

Astrid Corretjer

Doctor Knows Best: A Stem Cell Therapy Prescription

The original back injury remains a mystery, but add a torn hamstring and any active mom would have to slow down any active mom – especially when the back injury resulted in two degenerative discs. For Astrid Corretjer, that meant the end of tennis, rollerblading, paddle boarding, and especially mountain biking. Read more

Carol Kichler

Stem Cell Treatment Enables the Climb

Walking up and down stairs might not seem exciting. For Carol Kichler, though, climbing and descending stairs without excruciating pain is a daily highlight. Kichler, 73, couldn’t walk up or down even two steps without agonizing pain before September, when she received stem cell treatments in her knees. Read more

Melvin Mabry

Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Beats Spinach

Ed’s retirement, and accompanying occasional rounds of golf, were threatened by a bad shoulder. A combination of bursitis and a small tear in the rotator cuff of his right shoulder made golf impossible. Read more

Maureen Anton

How Do You Say PRP in Italian?

An idyllic vacation tour of Italy in May. Lake Como, Santa Margherita, Tuscany, Florence, and the Amalfi Coast. Who wouldn’t want to go? Maureen Anton for one, at least not with Bursitis and Arthritis. “The pain on the top of foot was so severe that it would keep me up almost every night,” Maureen says. Read more

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Back Treatment Offers New Energy

William Shockley has had a lot going on during the past decade: births of two children, transition out of the U.S. Navy, and a lot of back pain. An operations technician at an Arizona Public Service Electric Company power plant, Shockley, 33, first injured three Lumbar discs, the lowest discs, in his back sometime during his Navy service aboard a submarine a decade ago. Read more

Specialized Care To Get You Back In Motion

woman exercisingThe doctors at Southwest Spine & Sports are board certified by the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation with advanced fellowship training in interventional spine care. We specialize in physical medicine, pain management, and comprehensive rehabilitation with one goal in mind – restoring quality of life by relieving your pain.

You’ll receive expert guidance designed to prevent re-injury and help you stay as active as possible at any age. Together we’ll reduce your pain with innovative nonsurgical solutions that result in a quicker recovery, fewer lost workdays, and enhanced performance.

Who do we treat?

  • Weekend Warrior
  • Seasoned athlete
  • Injured worker

Are You a Candidate for Regenerative Medicine?


Autologous stem cells, which come from bone marrow aspirate concentrate from a patient’s own hip bone, are used to treat sports injuries and chronic musculoskeletal conditions. Professional athletes have used stem cells for years – now it’s your turn! If you are a patient with chronic low back pain from degenerative disc disease, joint pain or tendinitis, come in for an evaluation and see if you are a candidate for treatment with one of our regenerative medicine procedures (autologous stem cell concentrate, PRP or Fibrin Disc Repair). You may also qualify to participate in our ongoing study.

Looking for Regenerative Medicine in Phoenix or Scottsdale? Click here or call (480) 860-8998 for a consultation to see how we can help you.

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