Helpful Links and Frequently asked Questions

At The Center for Manual Medicine and Regenerative Orthopedics we want to share helpful links and nutrition information with you. We want you to have many resources available to keep you healthy. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to call us!

Helpful Links

Department of Health Services Center for Disease Control and Prevention

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is one of the 13 major operating components of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), which is the principal agency in the United States government for protecting the health and safety of all Americans and for providing essential human services, especially for those people who are least able to help themselves

American Association of Orthopaedic Medicine

Dr.Frye is a member of this group.
The American Association of Orthopaedic Medicine (AAOM) is a not-for-profit organization, which provides information and educational programs on the accurate diagnosis and comprehensive nonsurgical treatment of musculoskeletal problems. The AAOM promotes Orthopaedic Medicine by teaching doctors integrative diagnosis techniques and comprehensive/ integrative nonsurgical treatment methods including proliferant injections (prolotherapy), steroid injections, fluoroscopic spinal interventions, osteopathic manual medicine, therapeutic exercise and interventions with various pharmaceuticals/nutriceuticals/ herbal/ homeopathic based treatments. The AAOM method of diagnosis/ treatment is effective in providing relief for acute pain and chronic pain emanating from the Cervical Spine (neck), Thoracic Spine (midback), Lumbar Spine/Sacroiliac Region (low back), Upper Limb (shoulder-elbow-wrist-hand) and the Lower Limb (hip-knee-ankle-foot).

Dr. Frye has started an exciting new injection procedure. He has been training with Dr. Steven Sampson at the TOBI Institute to bring this exciting procedure to Topeka.

Blue Cross and Blue Shield

This is beneficial to all BCBS members as well as lots of health and nutrition information under the Be Healthy tab.

PRP Treatments

Accelerated healing treatments, the natural way

For more information on the Fellowship of the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists go to

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Manual Medicine?

Manual Medicine, just as the name says, is manual or hands-on treatment. The Center has multiple specialists, all highly trained in hands-on Treatment. Our Chiropractor Blaine Tharman, DC utilizes manipulations, or adjustments, as well as other manual techniques to relieve patients’ pain. Dr. Tharman, a musculoskeletal specialist, will not only help you get out of pain but stay out of pain. The Center is also fortunate to have fellowship-trained Physical Therapist Matt Elniff, PT, FAAOMPT who trained at MTI, the Manual Therapy Institute. Courtney Simon, DPT is currently completing her Fellowship training. This in-depth training allows them to better evaluate and treat a wide variety of problems and help patients reach their goals faster.

What is Regenerative Medicine?

Regenerative Medicine is an exciting new area of medicine utilizing your body’s own platelets to help heal the underlying cause of your pain or dysfunction, and not just mask it. Regeneration involves delivering specific types of cells or cell products to diseased tissues or organs, where they will ultimately restore tissue and organ function. This can be done through cell-based therapy or by using cell products, such as growth factors.

What the Mayo Clinic has to say about Regenerative Medicine:

Regenerative medicine is a game-changing area of medicine with the potential to fully heal damaged tissues and organs, offering solutions and hope for people who have conditions that are today beyond repair.

Doug Frye, MD has been training in Regenerative techniques since the early 2000s and has continued to refine his practice to offer the most cutting edge service for non-surgical orthopedic pain.

What is Musculo-skeletal Ultrasound:

Musculoskeletal ultrasound is a relatively new technique to evaluate muscles, joints, ligaments, and tendons in real-time. Just like ultrasound used in pregnancy, or vascular studies, it can be used in orthopedic studies at a fraction of the cost of an MRI. Some benefits of Musculoskeletal ultrasound; more comfortable evaluation, can move the joint or tissue through a range of motion, and the doctor can immediately diagnose the issue while you are there. Another major benefit is the ability to guide the injection into the correct spot. Using this technology leads to better patient outcomes because the physician is putting the medication or orthobiologic directly into the damaged tissue. The Center For Manual Medicine and Regenerative Orthopedics is the only Musculoskeletal Certified practice in Kansas by the AIUM, American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine.

Do you need a referral?

No, you do not need a referral to be seen at The Center.

Do you take insurance?

Yes, we accept all major insurances with the exception of Medicaid.

Are Regenerative injections covered by insurance?

No, Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) and Adipose-Derived Regenerative Cells injections are not covered by insurance and are patient pay as they are still considered experimental.

Do Adjustments Hurt?

Under normal circumstances, adjustments do not hurt. The patient may experience a minor amount of discomfort during the adjustment which only lasts seconds. If adjustments or manipulations are not right for you, the doctors have many other options for treatment.

Is Chiropractic or Manual Medicine Safe?

Chiropractic and Manual Medicine are extremely safe. These types of treatment tend to have much lower risks than medications and surgery both carry a variety of potential side effects.

What other services are offered besides Manual and Regenerative medicine?

Physical Therapy:
Physical Therapy is a form of manual treatment, but can also involve strength, flexibility, and conditioning. Physical Therapy is often used in conjunction with other treatments here at The Center. Adjustments from the Chiropractors can loosen restricted joints so the Physical Therapist can focus on the Muscle-Joint connection. If a patient receives an injection of any type, Physical Therapy can help the underlying cause. This combination approach has a higher success rate than either intervention alone. It also allows the patient a window of opportunity to rehabilitate the underlying problem with less pain. We not only work with back, neck, and extremity problems but pre and post-surgical Physical Therapy as well. Patients can be referred to Physical Therapy at CMM by any doctor or surgeon. It is the patient’s choice where to do Physical Therapy.

The Center for Manual Medicine and Regenerative Orthopedics is one of the first practices in the state of Kansas to be certified by the American Institute of Ultrasound Medicine, (AIUM) in Musculoskeletal Ultrasound. Dr. Frye utilizes Ultrasound to evaluate many Joint and Muscle problems. With Ultrasound you can look at ligaments and tendons through a range of motion instead of just a static picture. This technology is rapidly spreading throughout the United States because of its safety and accuracy. It is also a fraction of the cost of an MRI. Dr. Frye is also one of the first doctors in the United States to be Certified in Musculoskeletal Sonography, (RMSK). When appropriate we refer patients for x-rays or MRIs at any of our local Imaging Centers or the Hospitals.

Dr. Frye utilizes a number of injection techniques to help patients reduce pain and expedite healing. One thing that sets us apart is we utilize Ultrasound to guide our injections into the correct spot. Giving shots “blind” or without imaging can result in the medication not going to the site of injury. With Ultrasound the doctor can guide the needle to the exact spot and watch the medication be administered. This results in a much higher success rate for injections.

The Center has multiple injection options based on your specific problem. Dr. Frye’s primary focus is Regenerative Orthopedics utilizing PRP and Adipose tissue transfer. Other options include cortisone, Orthovisc, Prolotherapy, and nerve blocks.

Why The Center For Manual Medicine and Regenerative Orthopedics?

We are the only non-hospital-based multi-disciplinary practice of this kind in the region. It is virtually a one-stop shop for any type of musculoskeletal problem. We utilize a team approach in helping patients get over their pain and discomfort as quickly as possible. Our motto is “WE HELP YOU HELP YOURSELF”. We want to not only get you over your pain but show you the proper techniques and exercises or stretches to keep the issue from returning. We offer Chiropractic, Physical Therapy, Imaging, and Regenerative Orthopedics all under one roof!