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WELCOME TO ADVANCED PAIN SOLUTIONS
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Please take some time and review answers to the most common questions we get concerning our clinic and then call us to schedule a consultation to learn how we can help you achieve your health goals.
Where Are You Located?
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, you 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.
HEALING VS CURING
There is a fundamental difference in how I practice medicine and the way traditional medical doctors practice it. While everyone else is focused on what is causing the pain but I am looking for why the person has not already gotten better. We hear so much about treating the cause, which it has become a cliche’. I see doctors advertising, “We treat the cause of your pain, we don’t mask symptoms,” and it sounds good, but it’s not the correct approach. When you go to these doctors you will end up getting the same type of care regardless of the sales pitch; they will diagnose a condition and assign medications, therapy or surgery according to what it says in their medical cookbook. Irrespective of these treatments, if you are reasonably healthy, your body will eventually correct the problem, and if you are unhealthy, the problem will continue. Those who do not get better begin an endless cycle of experimentation, seeing new doctors and therapists searching for the magic machine, dietary supplement or cutting edge drug, that promises to cure them finally. Most doctors and patients have forgotten the most basic premise of medicine,
The body contains an innate intelligence that has the ability to heal itself through cellular regeneration.
Consider that we are constantly making new cells to replace those that are worn out or damaged. We replace the rods and cones in our eyes every forty eight hours. The lining of our intestines is replaced every three days. We replace our skin every six weeks, our liver overweight weeks, our nervous system every eight months and our bones every year. This process continues automatically without our conscious control and when we are healthy it heals all our injuries, not by repairing the damage but by replacing the sick cells with healthy new ones. Consider building a new house using materials taken from a house that was torn down because of termite damage, the new house will not be a good one. If we build new cells from recycled materials, the new cells may not be any better than the ones that were worn out and the problem keeps recreating itself.
We tend to get well by making new cells, not by correcting those that are malfunctioning.
I am not overly concerned with the past; I know this immediately raises eyebrows from my colleagues. In medical school, we were taught to search the patient’s history for the cause of the problem. We assumed the roles of detectives, analyzing the lifestyles of our patients determined to find their crucial mistake that caused the current ailment, “Ah Mr. Smith, you lifted that heavy box of books last week and that is the cause of your back pain.” Alternatively, how about, “Your birth was difficult, the doctor used forceps, and this is why your neck always hurts.” Are these important considerations? Yes, of course, or perhaps, but I am more interested in making sure the cells that are forming today and tomorrow are going to be healthy. I want to replace the old injury not merely patch it up. Now there is nothing wrong with traditional medicine, it has served humanity well over the last few hundred years, but it has limitations, and personally, I would get bored practicing this way, matching up symptoms with medications. Why not use a computer for this? It would be faster and much less expensive. I believe you could run any general medical practice today with access to 5 main drug groups, antibiotics, anti-inflammatories, opioid pain relievers, psychotics, and heart medicines. There is so much more to medicine than a 10-minute office visit and a prescription. The real cure is finding out why the patient’s body has not already taken care of the problem; this is the challenge and the medicine practiced by a select group of providers like myself.
SYMPTOMS AND CONDITIONS
When someone presents to my office with a problem, he or she have usually been to several other doctors and many times have more questions than answers. They want to know what is wrong and how they can get better, which seems like a straightforward request but still, most do not have an answer. They have been drowned with education on symptoms and conditions. Let me explain.
The sensations we are feeling are called symptoms; these are things like numbness in the feet, sharp shooting pain in the hip, tingling in the fingers, burning, aching, piercing or tearing pain. All these symptoms are important, but they are not the patient's problem. The symptoms are only the result of the problem, they are like an engine warning light in your car, alerting you something is wrong but not telling you what it is. Then we also have conditions. A condition is an assigned term for a group of symptoms. So, as an example, if someone has burning pain in the leg, weakness, and pain in the buttock, we would suggest they have the condition of sciatica. Sciatica does not tell us what is the cause of the problem, just that the sciatic nerve is involved. Typical conditions include herniated discs, spinal stenosis, arthritis and muscle spasms. These conditions are also essential to understand, but they do not tell the doctor or the patient what the cause of the problem is.
Symptoms and conditions are not the foundational cause of your problems.
In 99% of all cases, the condition should be able to heal without any treatment if the body is healthy. This is an important point that needs to be understood, healthy body vs. unhealthy body. A healthy body heals, and a sick body does not improve. The suggested correlation is that the cause of a patients problem is that they are unhealthy. The obvious solution is, therefore, health since a healthy body has within its capacity the innate ability to heal 99% of all symptoms and conditions.
TREATMENTS WE PROVIDE
All treatments are designed to help the patient achieve health, because we believe that a healthy body has the potential to heal from any disease or pathology. Our clinical experience is that we can get better, reproducible results using advanced technology to treat patients. A common manta in our clinic is,
Trust the technology.
Technology is now so advanced few things can be done better by hand. Computers allow reproduction of techniques and instant feedback on treatment success or failure. I will still perform some limited hands-on medicine to fine tune the healing process, but usually, it will take me less than 5 minutes because the machines work so good. The main modality (machine) treatments we provide can be researched here:
For those interested in my manual (hands on) therapies, I have listed the main techniques I use below. These treatments represent an adjunct to the main therapies listed above and are not the main focus of the clinical experience.
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