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The Latest In Joint Health and Pain Relief

Innovative new treatments to help you stay active and living your best life. Relief is possible. We can help.

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PRP (platelet-rich plasma)

PRP (platelet-rich plasma) treatments are an invaluable option for treating orthopedic and sport-related injuries. Today, PRP is used to help patients heal faster and avoid more invasive treatments like surgery. We can help treat your injuries or damage to parts of the body.

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Amniotic Fluid therapy

Stem cells are the basic cells living in the body, the cells from which all other specialized cells are generated (thus the name “stem” cells). Amniotic fluid is highly concentrated in stem cells, proteins, cytokines, and exosomes that support healing in the body.

THE IMPORTANCE OF MAINTAINING GOOD JOINT HEALTH

Joint pain can be acute or chronic in nature. Examples include overuse such as heavy physical activity, lack of use, sprains, or strains.

Exercising more frequently may help decrease your joint pain and increase mobility and flexibility without causing joint damage. Low-impact activities, ice packs, and some over-the-counter medications can also help. If these options are not working for you we can help you find relief. Advanced Wellness and Pain offers a variety of different treatment options such as Viscosupplementation, or supplemental joint lubrication, PRP (platelet-rich plasma) treatments, and Amniotic Fluid/Stem cell therapy.

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Vivian's Testimonial

My name is Vivian. I’m 83 years old. My husband and I have lived in senior residences for seven years now, watching people cope with changes in their lives. I was also a keen observer of the aging process in my five older siblings. When my first knee pains arrived when I turned 80, I knew I was right on schedule.

First the pains and pain relievers, then a trip to the doctor, x-rays, a diagnosis of medium to severe osteoarthritis, and scheduled cortisone shots into my aching knee. That was okay, but one day when I was entering the doctor’s office to get a cortisone shot a woman who was leaving asked if I had come for shots. When I said yes, she said that she took shots for seven years and was able to postpone her knee replacement until now. She thought I’d be pleased, but I’m not sure if that is the outcome I want. I won’t be a better candidate for surgery in seven years.

I know what happens if the pain is ignored. It’s a constant irritation during the day and disturbs sleep at night. As it gets worse you alter your gait just a little bit and experience little stumbles and actual falls. Then you get a cane, followed by a walker, likely a wheelchair–and then there’s the inevitable knee replacement.

I was moving slowly on this scale, but then Covid-19 came along, and I was no longer able to get cortisone shots. Now what?

I have a friend who in difficulty always says, the Universe will provide. I always smiled at her optimistic outlook.

Then one day I went to a meeting of the community, and there were three doctors who came to tell us about their new practice devoted to pain relief, notably in the joints. The Universe had provided.

This new medical practice is conveniently located in Peoria where I live. The doctors, Greg Wong, James Leathem, and Deepak Sharma, are all Board-Certified Anesthesiologists and their mission is: “to provide state-of-the art procedural services that improve patients’ quality of life and overall well-being.

I have already improved. The pain is almost gone and the plan is to use the newest techniques to restore the needed cushioning in my knee.

These doctors sincerely want me to understand what they are doing and what the intended result should be. They explain every action in detail. The technology is remarkable. I am able to watch what is happening inside my knee on a monitor. I see the needle enter my knee and watch the fluid spread.to where it is needed. Pain is minimal and the procedure efficient. I can comfortably drive home afterward.

After five weeks, I sleep better, walk better, and complain less. I have every intention of walking into my 90s. I wish that for you, too.

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We invite you to learn more about the different treatment options available for relief.

James T. Leathem, DO

Dr. James Leathem is a board-certified anesthesiologist and a member of the American Society of Anesthesiologists. He was born and raised in Connecticut and graduated from Florida Southern College with a bachelor of science in marketing management with minors in sociology and communications. He obtained his medical degree from Midwestern University’s Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed his residency in anesthesiology at Michigan State University and its affiliated McLaren Greater Lansing Hospital.

In 2015, after residency, Dr. Leathem returned to Arizona to practice anesthesiology. He joined Red Mountain Anesthesiologists and worked primarily at Banner Baywood Medical Center in Mesa, performing 100% of his own cases. He was made partner in the group after demonstrating 3 years of anesthesia excellence and administering over 4,000 anesthetics. In 2019, a corporate change occurred and an opportunity presented itself in which he was able to transition out of the hospital to surgery center and clinic-based anesthesia.

Dr. Leathem realizes that the only constant in life is change. In 2020, amidst the global pandemic, his career took a different direction. This change led him to collaborate with Dr. Wong and Dr. Sharma and they founded Advanced Wellness and Pain (AWAP). Their mission is to provide a variety of state-of-the-art procedural services that improve patients’ quality of life and overall physical and mental well-being.

Dr. Leathem believes that we are all a work in progress and that each day, one should strive to make positive changes in their life. He is here to help empower each patient on their journey to be their best self and live their best life. When you are being cared for by Dr. Leathem, you can be assured that he will give you his undivided attention and time.

Gregory Wong, MD

Dr. Wong is a Board-Certified Anesthesiologist and a member of both the American Society of Anesthesiology and the Arizona Society of Anesthesiology. He did his undergraduate training at the University of California at Davis, Davis, California; doctorate training at The University of Health Sciences of the Chicago Medical School, North Chicago, IL; and his post-doctoral training at the Integrated Program at the University of Arizona, Phoenix, AZ. He has spent his whole 24-year career practicing in Arizona.

Dr. Wong grew up in the Bay Area of California. He is married and is raising three daughters. At the early age of 12 years old, he knew he wanted to become a physician. His love of the human spirit, intrigue of human physiology, and compassion for human suffering led him to the path of anesthesiology and pain medicine.

Today, Dr. Wong realizes patients need a holistic biophysical-mental-spiritual care. This philosophy has brought him to the studies of regenerative medicine and infusion therapies. He has firsthandily witnessed the overwhelming success of these therapies for treating chronic pain and depression and the return of patients of “life-functionality.”

“There has never been a time more important than now to advocate for our patients in these difficult times. We owe it to our patients to offer these state-of-the-art treatment modalities that weren’t available before.”

Deepak Sharma, MD, MBA

Dr. Sharma is a Board Certified Anesthesiologist and a member of the American Society of Anesthesiologists. He completed three degrees at Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA: a Bachelor in Finance, a Master in Business Administration, and a Doctor of Medicine. He went on to complete residency at the Mount Sinai Morningside-West Hospital System in New York, NY and post-graduate fellowship at Stanford Medical Center in Palo Alto, CA.

Dr. Sharma is committed to treating his patients as a whole with a comprehensive biophysical-mental-spiritual approach. He is a lifelong learner and is constantly researching cutting-edge therapies backed by scientific studies. He has taken a particular interest in regenerative and infusion therapies after witnessing firsthand their significant benefits on those suffering from chronic pain and depression. In his free time, Dr. Sharma enjoys spending time with his family and friends, hiking, traveling, reading, and meditation.

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