Dr. Stokes health articles, tips and videos
Dr. Stokes health articles, tips and videos
WELCOME TO ADVANCED PAIN SOLUTIONS
Hello, I am honored that you have decided to learn more about my clinic and what we do here at Advanced Pain Solutions. It is my goal is to eliminate every shred of apprehension and make you feel at home. I’ve found that one of the best ways to have successful patient relationships is to explain everything in advance. No surprises. The more you understand who we are, what we do and why we do it, the better results you’ll enjoy. It’s as simple as that. First, APS is a private clinic and I am the sole owner, in other words you will see me and not an associate doctor and I will be working directly with you to achieve your health goals. Secondly, I made a decision many years ago to focus on quality over quantity, so I only take patients I believe I will be able to make a dramatic difference in their lives. I am not here to waste time (yours or mine) and I certainly am not going to take chances with your health. Because I do not accept every case the first visit with me is the most important, here I will conduct a detailed examination and present you with my findings. Usually I take several X-rays and finally I will explain to you exactly what the cause of your problem is and how I suggest we can be correct it . These suggestions will not involve anyone except you and I . I do not work for anyone else, and so your treatment plan will be based on giving you the best results not what maybe acceptable by others. Many times I see patients everyday or in some cases twice a day. I never charge for this initial visit.
DOWNLOAD AND COMPLETE OFFICE PAPERWORK
To prepare for your initial consultation and exam please download and fill out the clinical paperwork by clicking on the button below. Although not necessary since you can do this at the clinic if you choose, it does save time and allows you to spend more time giving us better information that we can use to help you.
CALL AND SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT
When you are ready call us at (239) 275-7575 and we will guarantee you an appointment within 48 Hours. Make sure you bring your completed paperwork and any recent tests or imaging studies you have recently had done.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Below I have compiled the most common questions patients have concerning our clinical approach. Just click on the tab and read the provided information.
Where Are You Located?
Advanced Pain Solutions
Dr. Stephen Stokes BSc, DC, FIAMA
13730 Cypress Terrace Circle Suite 401
Fort Myers, Florida 33907
phone (239) 275-7575
fax (239) 275-7035
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO SEE DR. STOKES?
We offer a completely free initial consultation to review your complaints. If we feel we can make a significant difference in your condition we will then proceed with an examination and usually some motion x-rays if needed. Office visits cost between $75 to $150 depending on the services provided. In addition Dr. Stokes usually will prescribe whole food concentrates and herbs as part of most treatment programs which can be purchased at the clinic's dispensary.
DO YOU ACCEPT MY HEALTH INSURANCE?
The short answer is yes, we accept most insurances. However benefits, co pays and deductibles can vary. We will check all your coverage prior to recommending treatment so you will know exactly what your out of pocket expenses are before you start care. We are primary providers for Medicare, which has the most coverage in our clinic. Even with good medical insurance some services (such as medicial herbs) are not included, for and for these treatments we offer affordable payment plans.
I WAS IN A MOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENT, DO YOU ACCEPT MY INSURANCE?
Yes, we accept most auto accident insurance coverage and have the ability to refer you to other specialists making sure you get the care needed. Florida is a no fault state which means most people have about $2500 coverage unless they get an EMC (we can get you one of these if needed) within the first 14 days and then coverage goes up to about $10,000. It is very important that if you have been in an auto accident recently you seek a consultation with us immediately to make sure you receive your maximum allowance.
I HAVE BEEN TO OTHER DOCTORS WHAT MAKES YOU DIFFERENT?
We are a private clinic that focuses on small patient cases loads seeing only 25-30 people per day. Every patient is seen directly by Dr. Stephen Stokes each visit. Our approach is complete using the most advanced technology designed to stimulate your body to heal. We are dedicated to results and do not follow cookie cutter treatment plans recommended by insurance companies. We see you as much as you need to get better and we get you the type of care your injury dictates. We only answer to you, the patient. Plus we friendly, nice people who care about our patients, sad to say but this is unique these days. Still our reputation is build on getting results in tough cases, take a minute and watch some of our testimonials to get a feel for our success stories.
MY DOCTOR SAYS SPINAL DISCS AND JOINT CARTILAGE CANNOT REGENERATE.
Yes, your body can heal and joint cartilage can regenerate. We have multiple studies that confirm our treatment modalities such as Class 4 Laser, and PEMF assist in the regeneration of cartilage, nerve and bone tissue through the process of Angiogenesis.
REAL DOCTORS PRESCRIBE DRUGS WHY DON'T YOU?
Dr. Stokes is a licensed national and state board certified physician. He is permitted by the state of Florida to diagnose, take x-rays, prescribe MRI's, blood tests, and do school and work physical exams. A trip to Dr. Stokes will be very much like a normal trip to your medial doctor except, Dr. Stokes will spend more time doing a physical exam, he will take x-rays onsite and instead of prescribing drugs he will suggest therapy and herbal medicine to treat the problem. Dr. Stokes does not prescribe medications, by choice but he is still a doctor. He even owns a white coat.
CAN I PURCHASE SUPPLEMENTS AND HERBS FROM THE CLINIC?
Advanced Pain Solutions does not sell supplements on the internet. We provide supplements from Standard Process and Medi Herb only to registered clients for 20% less the suggested retail price. Product is carried in the clinic and can be mailed anywhere in the United States. If interested in our nutritional program please read Dr. Stokes book, Heal Yourself which outlines all our products and protocols.
DO YOU GUARANTEE YOUR SERVICES AND THE RESULTS?
No, it is not possible to guarantee results when it comes to treating illness and pain. However, we can guarantee your satisfaction. If for any reason you are unhappy with any aspect of their care we will do everything to make things right. We usually see some positive change in the first 2 weeks but if a patient is not improving we will usually end care and return any money that has been paid to us, in full with no penalties. We are here to help you, and we stand by everything we do 100%. But don't mistake our kindness for weakness, you will be expected to do your part in getting better, those patients who consistently disobey our suggestions are dismissed from care and referred elsewhere.
HOW DO I REFER A PATIENT TO YOUR CLINIC?
Our entire business is based on word of mouth and referrals. Please tell the referred patient to mention your name when they call. We will make sure to take very good care of them and make you proud for recommending them to us. In addition, we always send a small thank you to the person who referred to us. It' because of you we are in business and able to help people everyday.
What conditions do you treat?
We treat many different problems but the most common are Back, Neck and Sciatica Pain. We also see a lot of people suffering from Neuropathy. Occasionally, maybe 2 or 3 times a month we will treat a Frozen Shoulder or a Painful Arthritic Knee. These are the most common but certainly not a complete list. Our experience includes Post Stroke patients, Fibromyalgia, RSD, PTSD, Enlarged Prostate and Pelvic Pain. We really focus on treating the person and not just the diagnosis, therefore there are few conditions we are not able to help.
Is dr. stokes a chiropractor?
Yes, Dr. Stokes graduated from chiropractic college in September, 2001 but unlike a traditional chiropractic approach Dr.Stokes has chosen to integrate treatment concepts from Osteopathy, Acupuncture, Neuromuscular Re-Education, Physical Therapy and Functional Medicine into his treatments. In particular, advanced modalities like class 4 laser, PEMF and Vaxd-D spinal decompression are frequently combined to produce better results.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE?
Of course I cannot answer that specifically until I evaluate your problem, however I can tell you what I tell most of my patients, "I can usually get you out of pain in a month, restore you function in 2 months and if you give me 3 months, I can change your life". Once we know what's wrong, together we can decide on your specific goals.
WHAT ABOUT STEM CELLS?
At Advanced Pain Solutions, we offer non-surgical, non-drug therapy to stimulate your body's healing response and your stem cells are involved in in that process however we do not provide stem cell injections or any other form of injection. Furthermore, before you spend thousands of dollars on stem cell injections, please understand that in most cases these clinics are using dead amniotic and umbilical cord tissue and then listing research papers that used live culture-expanded amniotic or cord stem cells or stem cells derived from bone marrow or elsewhere. In the case of dead cells, they naturally can’t behave like live cells. Hence, if a clinic uses any of the amniotic or cord products on the market today, based on what we have seen and despite the claims of sales reps hawking this stuff, it’s all dead tissue. So listing studies that use live stem cells is an apparent fraudulent misrepresentation. Buyer Beware, I predict you will see future problems with these clinics. Currently, the FDA does not endorse stem cell therapy. Many of our treatment modalities have current research that suggests they may stimulate your own stem cells as part of how they help you heal. This is exciting, but still speculative. Again, Advanced Pain Solutions does not provide stem cell injection therapy and we also do not recommend this to patients unless the cells are being extracted directly from a patient's own bone marrow.
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