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Despite the FDA’s crackdown, stem cell therapy is still wild west & # 39;

The treatment seemed an answer to the prayers, courtesy of science. An injection of stem cells, the building blocks of all human tissues, could delay the clock in Loy Roper's aching back, sparing him a third spine surgery.

He then used a credit card to pay $ 9,300 to a Cherokee County pain clinic run primarily by chiropractors and connected to a 24/7 gym.

Roper said a nurse had him lean over a table. Although the clinic's website says that it injects umbilical cord stem cells "directly into the painful area," Roper said the nurse inserted the needle into the muscle of her buttocks, which according to medical experts would have little or no effect on back pain.

"Basically, they just took a lot of money and they did not do anything about it," Roper said. "My butt hurt, my pocket hurt a lot."

Such may be the risks of opening your wallet for stem cell therapy.