Ignatios Papas, DO, is a non-surgical orthopedic physician specializing in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Regenexx Tampa Bay –  Regenexx Tampa Bay. Dr. Papas is a native Floridian and received his Bachelor of Science degree in Microbial and Molecular Biology from the University of Central Florida and his Master of Science degree in Neuroscience and Aging from the University of South Florida, Morsani College of Medicine, and his medical degree from the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine in Lakewood Ranch, Florida.

He completed his residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, North Carolina where he served as Chief resident and founded the program’s Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Curriculum. Dr. Papas has taught courses in musculoskeletal ultrasound to residents across multiple specialties and to medical students. During his academic chief tenure he was voted Medical Educator of the Year at Carolinas Rehabilitation. Dr. Papas is a research collaborator with Columbia University Medical Center/Weill Cornell University on multiple projects. His research specializes in musculoskeletal ultrasound and he speaks at numerous national conferences regarding the advancement of techniques in the field.

Dr. Papas’ clinical practice focuses on Interventional Orthobiologics, offering Regenexx procedures, highly specific, precise image-guided injection procedures that use the healing agents from the patient’s own body to promote the body’s natural healing ability. He is a member of the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine, the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, the American Academy of Orthopedics, the Spine Intervention Society, The Interventional Orthopedic Foundation, and the American Osteopathic College of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Dr. Papas also performs micro-invasive Carpal Tunnel Release under ultrasound guidance, allowing patients to resolve carpal tunnel syndrome and return to normal activity in as little as 3-6 days. This procedure is performed in the office under local anesthesia and takes approximately 10-20 minutes.

When he isn’t practicing medicine he enjoys spending time with his wife and new baby, playing soccer, practicing guitar, and listening to historical podcasts.

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"Amazing transformation!"​

“I was in a car accident that left me broken in more ways than one. I didn’t understand what to do as far as my post recovery was concerned, so I took the advice of my Attorney, who was just trying to help, and I ended up going through Chiropractic treatments that didn’t help. All of my treatments ended and I was no better than before, so I started doing research about what would help a herniated disc instead of going through surgery to replace the disc. I went to a Doctor I follow named Dr. Axe and he suggested Regenxx was the best option for my injury. After receiving injections in my cervical area and following up with Physical Therapy, I am completely better!! Dr. Papas is amazing and took the time to show he really cares. He went over and beyond. Everyone at Regenxx is kind, caring, and extremely helpful!”

I had a great experience with Dr Papas and the PRP treatment done on my knee, hip and shoulder (old sports injuries, tears on all of these areas).Dr Papas really listens and meets you were you are. I made him aware of the efforts and programs I was engaging in to help rehab from my injuries. I greatly appreciate that he partners with you to identify what level of support you need and doesn't just treat you like a statistics. I am in my 30s and weight 240, I had PRP done in May 2021.Now to the meat of it, I have/had lateral and medial miniscus tears on my left knee and was looking to having it scoped (I had already scoped my other knee which now has arthiritis). I also had labral tear and some damage to rotator cuff on my shoulder and hip labral tears. I did a lot of research and thought I give Regenexx a shot. I had PRP done previously by a knee surgeon but this was a completely different experience and it is all in the methodology.I was in constant pain on all three areas and had just learned to live with it. I wasn't expecting drastic response was just looking for some pain relieve. To my surprise my hip pain literally went away on day 1, like gone. Something that, IR, Red light therapy, cold lazer, PT, supplements had no impact on.As for my shoulder, this go me scared as I was in pain and had the shoulder popping for the first 4 to 6 weeks post procedure. Dr Papas warned me that this would happen but because of how good my knee and hip felt I was concerned that something had gone wrong. Week 7 all of the popping went away and pain was reduced by 70 to 80 percent.I don't usually give reviews but this has truly been life changing for, I was literally facing knee replacement surgery(yes you read that right). I had been wearing compression knee braces practically 24 hours a day 7 days a week for years and could not lay my leg straight without numbness and pain.I have not worn knee braces since I had the procedure done! I find it weird to walk around in shorts and to be able to see my knees rather than knee braces.I grew up playing sports and lifting, now that I am a parent I feared that I would not be able to coach and do what brought me so much joy with my kids. I don't feel this way anymore.Thank you, Dr Papasread more
Albert Mojica
Albert Mojica
23:46 22 Jul 21
I had a great experience with Dr. Papas and the staff at Regenexx Tampa Bay! I sustained a hip labral tear and was able to get evaluated by Dr. Papas, and he recommended a PRP injection to heal the area. After the procedure, PT as well as OMT therapy helped me resume normal activities a few months later, and an ultrasound scan reveals the tear has completely healed. That would not have been possible with physical therapy alone, which is all my GP had recommended. I'm convinced that interventional orthopedics like the treatment I had from Regenexx are a far superior solution to the standard care options offered by most doctors. If you are considering surgery or other treatment for an orthopedic injury of some kind, I highly recommend reaching out to Regenexx for a consultation, because they may be able to help you get back to your normal activities faster, with better long term healing and much less pain.read more
Heather Gordon
Heather Gordon
02:40 21 Jul 21
Dr Papas and the Tampa Regenexx staff are awesome! My procedure for a torn meniscus provided a full recovery with minimal downtime. Starting PT before the procedure and continuing it after were instrumental to my fast recovery. Had I opted for surgery, I would have been down for months… with the stem cell/PRP alternative, I was significantly improved in a matter of weeks.read more
Sherry Morgan
Sherry Morgan
16:17 19 Jul 21
As someone who gets extremely nervous in any medical situation, I have truly never felt more comfortable than I did in this office. My appointment included a blood draw in the morning and the procedure in the afternoon. I was extremely nervous upon arrival for the blood draw and Anna took the time to talk me through everything. She gave me options on how we could do things and kept me distracted the whole time. She let me ask a ton of questions about my upcoming procedure and I was extremely pleased when I found out she would be there too. Once I returned for the procedure, I spoke with Dr Papas who also communicated with me throughout the entire process and made me feel as comfortable as possible in such a vulnerable position. He continuously asked how I was doing and updated me as to how much more we had left. Throughout the whole procedure Anna was there, being just as amazing and supportive. I had picked Regenexx for my procedure due to their extremely thorough consultation and beautiful offices. I dealt with Kimberly for the booking and payment process. She was very helpful and explained all of my options at length. Thank you so, so much to everyone at Regenexx! I cannot recommend them enough.read more
Abigail Beardsley
Abigail Beardsley
13:39 17 Jul 21
I consider Dr. Papas, his team and Regenexx the gold standard in orthobiologics. Within a 3-year period, I’ve had multiple areas treated with stem cells, PRP, Platelet Lysate (for my back) and most recently my own fat.I started seeing Dr. Papas for OMT. In the process we discussed some pain I was still having with my hamstring, wrist and hip which was waking me at night. He suggested a fat injection for my wrist and hamstring and PRP for my hip. Ultrasound showed my hamstring had considerable wear. I had a 60 to 70 percent tear in my hamstring before having stem cells with Regenexx in 2018. OMT was for a rib sliding and irritating a nerve causing a sharp pain in my chest. Dr. Papas is such a skilled OMT provider and with adjustments and PRP injected where the rib connects to my spine to strengthen it, the sharp pain has eased off tremendously. I’m now over 6 weeks post procedures and 90% pain free!! No more waking at night from hip pain!It’s very comforting to know that I can have future problems treated by Dr. Papas. He’s earned my trust and he and his team make you feel as comfortable as possible before and during your procedure. He’s very knowledgeable and professional with a caring and calm approach. Takes time to answer all questions and explain procedures. I urge anyone considering orthopedic surgery or dealing with joint pain to see Dr. Papas first. It may not be covered by insurance, but I consider it an investment in my health both physically and mentally. And at 71, I want to stay as active as I can. I’m back to enjoying activities I thought I’d have to give up. I had just about given up on my arthritic wrist thinking I would need surgery and now I’m back to including full body pushups in my work outs. Thank you so much, Dr. Papas and team!!read more
Sally Serralles
Sally Serralles
01:47 17 Jun 21
I came to Regenexx and meant with Dr. Papas in early March 2021. I suffered a spontaneous spinal epidural hematoma 10-30-2019. I had been told my current state of pain and inability to do everyday life was probably my best prognosis. Dr. Papas did the most thorough and informative exam I had had since my life changing event. He suggested Platelet-Rich Plasma treatment as a possible option to help me. He was very up front with me, stating My situation was a little unique.My first treatment was March 16th and I felt gradual improvement. By May I was walking with less pain and able to do more upright activities which I felt was about 70% improvement. I had a second treatment last week. I am looking forward to seeing how much farther my usefulness of my neck and mid back will improve.Thank you Dr. Papas and your team at Regenexx, Tampa Bay.Sheryl Runionread more
Sheryl Runion
Sheryl Runion
14:29 01 Jun 21
It was comforting knowing there was someone on staff helping me with every step of the way. Once I made my decision, I was given a great deal of information regarding each procedure. If ever a question arose, the support staff was there to answer my concerns.The healing process went along nicely and I was very pleased with the results of my stem cell procedure. I continue to do my physical therapy exercises and I am more mobile than I was before.From the very pleasant reception to the follow-up appointments, Dr. Papas and his staff couldn’t be more informative and friendly. I highly recommend Regenexx if you experience joint pain.read more
Beverly Gonczar
Beverly Gonczar
14:55 15 Apr 21

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