Stem Cell Therapy Specialist

Hope Wellness Center & Spa

Maria Jefferson-Walker, DNPc, APN, FNP-BC

Family Nurse Practitioner located in Beverly, Chicago, IL

As the number of Americans with joint pain continues to rise, especially for the aging population, innovative health care methods such as stem cell therapy are at the forefront of treatment options. Maria Jefferson-Walker, DNPc, APN, FNP-BC, owner of Hope Wellness Center & Spa in Beverly, Chicago, is a nurse practitioner with more than 20 years of experience caring for people of all ages. She offers stem cell therapy injections to men and women who want relief from joint pain without invasive surgeries. To learn if stem cell therapy is right for you, call or schedule a consultation using the online system.

Stem Cell Therapy Q&A

What is stem cell therapy?

Stem cell therapy is a minimally invasive, nonsurgical approach to helping your body heal itself from injury or disease without medications or surgeries. Stem cell therapy uses stem cells — a very basic form of a cell — to help heal injured or degenerating tissue by promoting your body’s natural reparative response. At Hope Wellness Center & Spa, Maria offers stem cell joint injections to men and women suffering from painful or degenerative joint conditions like arthritis.

How does stem cell therapy work to heal joints?

In most cases where stem cells are used to treat joint pain, you “donate” your own stem cells to be grown in a lab where they are manipulated into the specific types of cells you need. Then, Maria injects these stem cells into your injured or ailing joint so it can potentially grow newer, healthier tissue and provide pain relief. Stem cells promote healing because your body can turn them into whatever type of new cells it needs to repair torn ligaments, muscles and cartilage in injured or degenerative joints, such as ones with arthritis.

Some of the healing properties of stem cells applied to joints include:

  • Suppressing inflammation
  • Developing into new cartilage cells
  • Releasing of proteins to slow degeneration in cartilage
  • Decreasing pain

Is stem cell therapy safe?

Stem cell therapies that treat joint pain in adults are considered safe because they don’t come with the same side effects as more invasive medical procedures or surgeries. The risk of infection at the site of stem cell injection is relatively low, aside from temporary swelling or pain. Before getting stem cell injections, Maria answers all of your questions and explains the process so you understand and feel at ease about the procedure and outcome.

Your overall health and well-being is the biggest priority at Hope Wellness Center & Spa. Before beginning any type of treatment plan, including stem cell therapy, Maria evaluates your specific joint condition and your general health to determine the most effective approach to alleviating your symptoms.


To learn more about this innovative procedure for joint pain, call or schedule a consultation using the online system.