First, I will explain that I have had prolotherapy in several joints in my body to repair old injuries, so I already knew about the magic of prolo. I first injured my shoulder 4 years ago. A rowing machine pushed it over the edge. Previous prolotherapy improved it, but I realized that it might need PRP to get it all the way back. A friend from the local area recommended Dr. Stebbing, whom I had not heard of. He had seen her for his problem, and explained that she used ultrasound to examine the problem areas, which sounded very cool. After putting it off for some months, I finally made an appointment. I ended up having PRP and several prolo sessions in the shoulder. The PRP did wonders. She also did some trigger point therapy which had a surprisingly beneficial impact. At this point, I can do pull ups with virtually no discomfort. My injured shoulder is much improved. With more exercise and possibly one more prolo session, I expect it will be fine. Dr. Stebbing is clearly experienced and capable, and you can tell that she really cares about her patients. She is super!
Ever since I can remember, I’ve had a problem with what my mom called ‘weak ankles’ and I wore ‘special shoes.’ Despite this I was active; played sports, cheerleading, dancing, aerobic exercise and daily jogging all the while not wearing those ugly ‘special shoes’ and impacting already compromised parts of my body beyond those ‘weak ankles.’ By my late 30’s I switched to power walking because I began experiencing what I thought were shin splints. A few years later a large lump developed at the bottom of my right leg just where the top of my foot bends at the ankle. An ultrasound showed what looked like a cyst sitting on top of the sapheneous vein. RX was to get off my feet and rest. Over the years pain and or swelling became chronic. I also started to have lower back and neck soreness and visiting a physical therapist was becoming a yearly event. I continued to be very active in spite of aches and pains that seemed to haunt me almost daily. The worse of my complaints was the right ankle which was rolling inward more. Multiple diagnoses were made from arthritis to taleus slip. At one point I was in a soft cast because of what was thought to be a hairline fracture. This complete immobilization seemed to work for about 3 weeks then pain and swelling returned. I had a drawer full of orthotics that did not work. As the pain got worse, it began interfering with daily activity. I was very discouraged. The doctors just didn’t have any answers.
Then a referral to Dr. Stebbing. I was told by my PCP, Dr Jen thought differently: Give her a try. She impressed me with her level of understanding, care and ability to explain in detail what was wrong. She patiently showed me how the ‘weak ankle’ was affecting my whole body. She was confident she could help me. She did not just prescribe another pair of orthotics or send me to a physical therapist. She knew I had to have that pain go away. She explained and suggested prolotherapy. I must admit this new treatment seemed a little like voodoo. I had to go home to think about it. I did my own research and found it was well practiced in Europe and many U.S. athletes were traveling there for the help they could not get in the states. Still I hesitated. Not covered by insurance further complicated my decision.
Over the next few weeks pain progressed to where the only way I could put any weight on my right foot was to walk on my toes as if I were wearing high heels on one foot. On a scale of 1 – 10, the pain was in the upper ranges; some days as high as 9 with sharp stabbing that bought me to my knees (10).
In early 2012 I called Dr. Jen and made my first appointment for Prolotherapy. With the help of my husband, I limped into her office. He’ll tell you he carried me in. The relief from treatment she liked to call ‘sugar coating’ was immediate and long lasting. Since then, I’ve returned for successful treatment of 3rd stage ankle sprain, knee and hand injuries all due to a bad fall in 2014.
Tomorrow I undergo my first PRP (platelet rich plasma) treatment of these injuries. I have all the confidence it will be successful.
Dr. Jen is knowledgeable, patient and thorough in her approach. Bottom line? She is amazing!
From Hopeless to Hiking
I met Dr Jen on my one year anniversary of a downhill ski accident that left me basically confined to crutches and a wheelchair, even after 6 surgical procedures and over 140 physical therapy visits during the previous year. The original surgeon said I would be skiing within a year and here I wasn’t even walking. Outside of the fracture healing, there wasn’t any improvement in my leg function. I felt hopeless and was seriously considering amputation as a way of having some sort of semblance of a life.
Dr. Jen immediately recognized from a picture of an x-ray on my phone that I had dislocated my knee, in addition to the tibial plateau fracture. What?!?!? None of the other doctors that I had seen throughout the year had diagnosed this. She explained that the dislocation would have left my ligaments stretched and my leg unstable . She continued on to do a thorough exam, using ultrasound in addition to the physical exam. The examination lasted well over an hour, with explanations along the way, unlike the 5-10 minutes exams that many of the orthopedic surgeons would do. She offered a treatment plan that included the use of PRP (platelet rich plasma) injections. She said upfront that this would help progress me along my journey of recovery, but it would not solve all of my problems, and that due to the severity of my injury, I would require more than one treatment.
Over the course of the next several months, I received PRP injections and within a month of each treatment, I saw substantial improvement. My despair started to dissipate. Eventually when I had reached a plateau with the PRP, Dr Jen utilized her extensive regenerative medicine network to find the appropriate stem cell doctor for me and she helped me navigate the next steps that were right for me, acting as a sounding board and helping me evaluate options.
At the time of this writing, I am not done on my road to recovery, but I am thrilled that about 18 months after meeting Dr Jen, I was able to hike a mountain in NH with my young daughter – a feat I only dreamed of during the past 2.5 years. What is amazing too is that the day before I met Dr Jen, one of the surgeons told me that I needed yet another surgery, which did not feel right in my gut. On top of that, he said that PRP did not work. I think he needs to see me now and how far I came, without a surgery (which I am sure would not have progressed me).
It’s true that some PRPs might not work but that’s because not all PRPs are created equal. I know doctors that I respect, who perform PRPs, but they do not use ultrasound to guide where to inject. They just guess. They also then stay more superficial. And finally they use a kit to process the platelets, giving them a lot less PRP to work with, than Dr. Jen uses. Many doctors are jumping on the bandwagon of PRPs and regenerative medicine, but go with one that knows their stuff and actively participates in Regenerative Medicine conferences. It is not worth it to go with anyone less than the best.
In conclusion, Dr Jen’s qualities include (but are not limited to):
- her thoroughness and taking the time to understand the problem,
- her attention to detail,
- her listening skills,
- her honesty and willingness to be upfront,
- her knowledge of the workings of the musculoskeletal system and sports medicine,
- her preciseness with the injections,
- her network of other experts in the regenerative medicine field, and
- her own active life so that she knows what it is like to live a full life.
I am so thankful that I found Dr Jen. She was my saving grace (and the saving grace of a few friends that I had also recommended her.
For a few months I could not walk, stand, or lie down without severe pain in my left hip as well as all the way down my left leg. Sitting was my only position of comfort and use of a wheelchair or a walker was the only way I could move around without pain. This condition came on suddenly and lasted for months. I was not excited to use drugs that would just temporarily relieve the pain. My primary-care physician recommended that, in addition to PT (which was essential but alone did not eliminate the pain), I made an appointment with Dr Jennifer Stebbing, who, she said, was doing some interesting work that might be helpful. I finally followed her advice and good advice it was!
Dr Stebbing was, indeed, helpful!! Some immediate relief of pain came from her release of trigger points that had developed in my left thigh and leg. That relief was most welcome, but I knew it was temporary until the cause of those trigger points was resolved. Then came the real magic!! After examining multiple images of my spine and hip, Dr Stebbing pinpointed signs of degeneration and weakness in a number of ligaments, tendons, and muscles that support my spine as well as some in the hip. Degeneration sounded pretty hopeless to me, but I had not heard of Regenerative Therapies.
She told me it was possible to improve many degenerative conditions using prolotherapy and platelet rich plasma (PRP), both of which involved injections in the area of weakened ligaments and tendons. Like most, I am not fond of injections but felt the procedures were well worth a try if they worked and put an end the pain I had been experiencing.
IT WORKED!! First I had prolotherapy in the hip region that lead to reduction in pain in that area. A few weeks later, I had prolotherapy injections near the lumbar region of my spine. Following this latter procedure, the pain disappeared completely for a full week followed by some minor discomfort off and on after that week. Finally, I had a PRP treatment in the same area around the lumbar region of my spine and since that treatment I have had NO MORE PAIN and no return of trigger points.
It is now well over a month after that final treatment; I have had no more treatments, and all of the pain is still gone! I can again walk without pain and unassisted (the wheelchair and walker are in storage). The focus of the approach was to regenerate tissues that were causing the pain (in conjunction with exercises from PT to strengthen my core). Amazing and very exciting to me!! No drugs, no surgery with replacement parts—just regeneration of my own tissues.
Oh yes, did I mention that I was almost 86 years old when I had this done? Thus, this seems to be a procedure that can help some of us in our later years and is not only for the young or for active athletes.
I am delighted that I found Dr Stebbing and that I learned about Regenerative Therapies. I would consider this again for the same structures, if needed, or for any other degenerative tissues in my body that hinder my ability to live an active yet pain free life and for which this procedure has been helpful! Thanks to Dr Stebbing and her staff and to those who have enveloped and continue to develop such Regenerative Techniques.
I was originally diagnosed with a labrum tear in my right hip and told I need surgery. At 57, my primary doctor told me I was too young. After months of pain and not knowing where to turn, I scoured the internet for answers. I discovered that many had success with PRP treatments and found Dr. Stebbing.
After trigger point treatments and osteopathic manipulations, along with some great physical therapists that Dr. Stebbing recommended, my hip was finally working.
Then, my left hip started locking up. After an MRI, the diagnosis was chrondromalacia. An orthopedic doctor told me I should never do any weight bearing exercises and limit myself to a pool or exercise bike. He highly recommended a hip replacement.
Again, my primary did not agree. Dr. Stebbing recommended PRP treatments. I have now had two treatments done by Dr. Stebbing and could not be happier with the results. I suffered from debilitating pain and could not stand up out of a chair or roll over in bed when trying to sleep. The treatments were amazing! I am back at the gym working into my routines.
The most impressive thing about Dr. Stebbing is the time she takes with her patients and the knowledge she shares. I have never left her office without feeling I had learned something about my body and how things work and that my healing was her number one priority.
In my years of experiences with doctors and I have had my share, multiple surgeries etc. I can honestly say Dr Stebbing is one of the best doctors out there!
In October 2016, at the age of 37, I found out that I had a congenital cam lesion on the head of my right femur, along with a bone spur and osteoarthritis in the hip joint. My physical activity came to a screeching halt from the pain that I was experiencing. I was an avid runner and felt lost without the physical activity. I had trouble lifting my leg to get into the car, and putting on socks and shoes were incredibly frustrating.
Conventional orthopedic doctors that I saw, suggested cortisone shots and physical therapy as the solution. Beyond that, I was told to wait until I was in so much pain that I couldn’t take it anymore, and get a hip replacement.
I knew there had to be other options.
That’s when I came across regenerative medicine through Dr. Jonathan Fenton. He recommended additional consultation with Dr. Jennifer Stebbing. These doctors gave me hope that I could have a good quality of life without surgery. Through the use of prolotherapy, PRP, autologous stem cell treatment, and trigger point release, I have been able to resume my physical activity. I now enjoy multi-day hikes in the White Mountains, downhill skiing, and getting into my car without pain.
When I do encounter muscle imbalances and tightness, Dr. Stebbing gets me back on track quickly. She is intuitive and gifted in her understanding of body mechanics. Her approach to healing and correcting issues is second to none and I have not met another doctor who seeks out solutions like she does. She has improved my quality of life.
Dr. Stebbing has taught me along the way how my body works and what I need to do to keep it working right. If you’re looking for a treatment for the cause and not just the symptoms I highly recommend seeing Dr. Stebbing.
I first met Dr. Stebbing in my search for knee pain relief. We worked together on my options – the depth of knowledge she had was incredible and she patiently worked through every question I had. As our time progressed she began helping me understand other areas of pain and found the origins – something no doctor had ever taken the time or effort to do! She truly becomes an ally and advocate for each and every patient that enters her office. I can’t thank her enough for caring for me as a person and not just a patient. My life has been changed for the better because of her care!
Dr. Stebbing put me back on my feet, quite literally, pinpointing problems missed by 4 doctors, 3 surgeries, and years of Physical Therapy. I am eternally grateful.
Dr. Stebbing is one of a kind. Having participated in sports growing up and continuing an active life as an adult, I’ve had to visit many sports medicine doctors. None of them have given the same level of thoughtful consideration, care and treatment that Dr. Stebbing has given to me. My only regret is that I didn’t discover her sooner!
Jennifer is the best! I would see her for anything. Muscle, joint, back and alignment issues – she is magic. Super caring, patient and super smart. Thank you Jennifer!
In my youth I played many sports that as I grew older gave me trouble. Knees, elbows, back, wrists and feet all seemed to have pain and other issues. Dr Stebbing’s treatments allowed me to walk with less pain, kneel again, shovel snow and all manner of picking up and bending over with success and less pain. I will be forever grateful.
Dr. Stebbing is one of the kindest, best listening and knowledgeable injury and chronic pain physician I have had the pleasure of working with. Highly recommend Dr. Stebbing if you are looking to safe alternatives to drugs or surgery. You won’t be disappointed.
If you want a quick fix, go here. But beware….
After my second child I journeyed through the entire NH Seacoast of doctors trying to find out what was wrong with me. As an athlete it seemed nothing worked properly anymore. Some doctors treated me symptomatically and others just sent me away concluding that nothing was wrong with me. Finally my PC suggested Dr. Stebbing. I can’t remember what reason she gave me for specifically going to see her, but I made an appointment.
During my first appointment Dr. Stebbing listened and typed, which most people (doctors especially) cannot achieve at the same time. After a couple of hours together Dr. Stebbing and I had a plan. Together we made a plan. I hypothesized as much as she did in that first meeting. At my second appointment Dr. Stebbing performed dry needling on my glute and SI areas. It was incredible relief.
Dr. Stebbing often remarked at my ability to communicate the nuances of my own muscles. She respected that I knew my body the very best of anyone and that she was there as a partner to help me. She displays very little ego, which helps her be a superb doctor, not just a smart one.
We had many appointments together over the past five years. Since breaking my coccyx during childbirth, Dr. Stebbing helped improve the functionality in my hips. More importantly Dr. Stebbing gave me the time to process my thoughts regarding my body, which in turn helped me heal mentally from the dramatic changes after childbirth.
So if you are looking for a quick fix, see Dr. Stebbing. But beware, because she may be the catalyst that unearths a powerful force in your own wellness journey. And you may even make a friend along the way.
When I was suffering from back spasms, Dr Stebbing was recommended to me by a friend, as skilled and compassionate practitioner. I had no idea she would propose sticking long needles into the muscles of my back in very close proximity to my lungs. As I was desperate for relief, I agreed, after I was reassured by her through explanation of the procedure, using ultrasound to track the needle position. Dr Stebbing has performed Trigger Point injections on me several times with good results and relief of pain and every single time I arose from the table with lungs intact and still breathing- a testament to her skill!
I was so frustrated after seeing so many doctors who would only present surgery as an option without even helping to understand or diagnose my specific injury. Dr. Stebbing used her extensive knowledge to come up with a strategy and treatment plan that was customized to me and my specific situation. I was able to heal multiple sports injuries to my hip and knee using ultrasound guided injection therapy. I never thought I could return to my sports activities but Dr. Stebbing was incredible and I am so grateful for her help.