About our Practice

About our Practice

Our goal is to help patients find pain relief quickly, easily, as simply as possible…without surgery!

Southcoast Medical was created in order to help patients in Georgia and South Carolina find relief from arthritis and spine pain. Our goal is to help patients regain the active lifestyles they desire, without pain, and without surgery!

Southcoast is owned and staffed by board certified physicians with years of experience in treating spine and joint problems. We offer many Medicare covered treatment options, but our physicians have all had training in Regenerative Medicine and maintain a commitment of continuing education to stay abreast of the most recent advances. We are a Bluetail affiliate, a group with over 50,000 bone marrow procedures done.

The bottom line is that we treat patients the way we would want to be treated. We work hard to find the most simple, easiest option, whether that be medications, simple joint injections, or cellular therapy.

Bluetail Medical Group (BMG) has been practicing Orthopedic Regenerative Medicine since 2004. In fact, the term “Regenerative Orthopedics” had not even been coined when our doctors started using Platelet Rich Plasma.  Treatment protocols and pathways were initially based on using early clinical outcomes data and anecdotal evidence.  A new field of medicine cannot use an evidence-based approach when no evidence yet exists!

As we expanded our cellular therapy offerings it became imperative that Bluetail collect outcomes data to ensure safety and efficacy.  We began using a data collection system that was engineered for Orthopedic Surgeons since one did not exist at that time for Orthopedic Regenerative Medicine.  BMG has been formally collecting outcomes data for over 10 years.  We use this data to define our success rates with various orthopedic diseases and injuries based on age, sex etc.

As of June 2021, the FDA has put into place a very strict but appropriate regulatory framework for all Regenerative Medicine Clinics. The regulators within the FDA, as well as other parties invested in the non-bio-cellular space, are mandating higher quality studies to be in place to practice Regenerative Medicine. These include Regenerative Medicine Specific Clinical Outcomes Databases, cell counts on cellular therapies, additional safety measures, and many other items.  All providers in this space must work within the updated FDA framework or they will be cited.  If not eventually compliant, these facilities will be closed permanently.

The great news is that BMG, in conjunction with CRRI, has been working behind the scenes to emerge as the standard for an Orthopedic Regenerative Medicine practice under the new FDA Regulatory Framework.  BMG, with CRRI, began regular meetings with the FDA in 2019  when the latter announced the planned updates to their regulation of cellular therapies. We understood that without collaboration with this government agency we would not be able to successfully continue to offer our alternative therapeutics. Through many hours of consultation with the FDA we have secured an IDE (#27960) with the FDA for the use of Bone Marrow in Knee Osteoarthritis. We are using this initial IDE to build upon for other orthopedic diseases.

Southcoast Medical, as part of Bluetail, will continue to grow the dynamic field of Orthopedic Regenerative Medicine in a safe and efficacious manner with guidance from the FDA. Our goals are to offer safe and effective options that we would use, were we the patient, and to set the standard for clinical application of ortho-biologics in the United States.

Common applications for our regenerative services include:

  • Bone Marrow aspirate cell therapy and alpha 2 macroglobulin for arthritis pain
  • Various orthobiologic treatments for acute and chronic spine pain
  • Amniotic extracts to treat tendonitis
  • PRP and amniotic extracts to treat foot pain like achilles tendonitis
  • The treatment of chronic wrist and hand arthritis
  • Cell therapy for Rotator cuff injuries
  • PRP  for treatment of acute muscle and sports injuries
  • Orthobiologic injections for knee meniscus and ligament injury
  • Cosmetic applications for stem cell and PRP for hair loss and wrinkles

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Patient-Focused Perspective

Are you tired of trying to explain your pain to your doctor, and being cut short?

Do you feel like a number at the medical practice you visit?

Are you tired of never seeing your “doctor”, but always a P.A. or other provider?

At Southcoast we:

  • use only licensed, board certified physicians, well trained in regenerative therapies
  • use insurance and Medicare-covered options when when possible
  • develop recovery plans prioritized on individual patient needs and based on sound medical evidence
  • use image guidance for all procedures, to assure the best chance of success
  • offer only procedures that we ourselves would consider, if we were the patient
  • always put patient well-being first
  • commit to ongoing education in Regenerative medicine and maintain our association with the Bluetail Medical Network so that we might offer the latest, most appropriate options giving  the greatest chance of success

At Southcoast Regenerative Medicine, our #1 priority is to always put the patient first! Everything we do at Southcoast is focused on trying to make it as easy as possible for patients to get pain relief, either with traditional or regenerative techniques.

A close friend advised me to try regenerative medicine. 14 months later, my labral tear was shown to be healed. This treatment was incredibly successful and worth the expense. I was very happy with my results!
—Helen S.

What Makes Us Different?

In the last several years many “stem cell clinics” have popped up around the country. Quite often these practices are not even operated by a physician. Instead, an MD with little experience in this realm was hired, to give injections (with no imaging), because the owner of the clinic was not licensed to do so.

Our physicians did not recently move to the realm of regenerative medicine. We have been treating spine and joint problems for twenty years, are quite familiar with traditional options, are well trained using image guidance and use it for all procedures, and have extensive training in regenerative therapy. We are part of the Bluetail Medical Network, one of the premier regenerative groups in North America., and in line with FDA guidance, we offer autologous (your own) stem cell treatments, as well as allogenic products.

We are committed to the use of stem cell and other regenerative therapies to help patients improve without surgery because we know it works. We provide the latest options, with validated techniques of application, at reasonable cost, and we offer a variety of financing options to make these options available to most patients.

  • 20+ Years of specialized experience
  • Ongoing professional development and training
  • Trusted affiliate partner of Bluetail Medical Group
  • Commitment to putting patient well-being first
  • Access to national registry for data
  • Both autologous and allogenic stem cell treatments
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Meet Dr. Daniel

Russell Daniel is the owner and medical director of Southcoast Regenerative medicine. He has practiced medicine for over twenty years and is widely respected by peers both for his knowledge and technical abilities, as well as for his ethical approach to patient care. Many of his colleagues have chosen Dr. Daniel as their physician.

Dr. Daniel graduated from the University of Georgia and Medical College of Georgia. He obtained his board certification in the 90’s, and has been involved in the treatment of spine and joint pain for over two decades, having spent much of that time with a multispecialty orthopedic group. It was during this time that he began to realize how inadequate typical Orthopedic remedies for joint and spine pain really were, and committed to explore alternative options that would give patients a better chance for recovery. After developing tennis elbow which persisted for years and failed to improve after surgery, he was his own first patient using a blood patch (precursor to Platelet Rich Plasma PRP) to resolve his elbow pain. This experience, led him to recognize the incredible healing potential of regenerative therapy. Since then he has studied countless journal articles, been to numerous training and educational conferences, and become an affiliate of one of the most renown regenerative practices in North America.

Dr. Daniel founded Southcoast Medical with the goal of offering patients more options to treat spine and joint pain without surgery. He continues to believe cell therapy is the future of medicine and remains committed to ongoing study in this realm. He lives in Charleston with his wife and two children, but continues to practice in Charleston and Aiken, SC and Augusta, Georgia.

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