Stem Cell Therapy
MANAGE PAIN WITH STEM CELL THERAPY
Regenerative Therapy to Naturally Treat Spine, Joint and Soft Tissue Pain
Advantages of Stem Cell Therapy
- All natural, promotes rebuilding your own healthy tissue
- Minimally Invasive
- Significant pain reduction
- Help convert an injured area of “degeneration” to one of “regeneration”
- Minimal to no down time
- Avoid surgery – many patients can avoid joint or spine surgery with Stem Cell Therapy
- Very safe – less side effects compared to steroid injection or surgery
- No risk of rejection – stem cells are harvested from and reintroduced into your own body
State of the Art Treatment for Chronic Injuries Causing You Pain
Stem Cell Therapy is a regenerative treatment for chronic back and neck pain, arthritis of the knee, hip and shoulder and ligament and tendon injuries.
How Can Stem Cell Therapy Help You?
When treatment with medication, physical therapy, bracing, PRP, etc. does not provide symptomatic relief, Stem Cell Therapy can help your body heal injured tissue causing you pain.
If you are suffering from one of the following conditions, you may be a candidate for Stem Cell Therapy.
Chronic Spine Pain: Back or Neck pain from disc degeneration, facet degeneration and Sacroiliac joint pain
Knee Osteoarthritis (“Degenerative Joint Disease”)
Hip Osteoarthritis (“Degenerative Joint Disease”)
Shoulder Osteoarthritis (“Degenerative Joint Disease”)
Tendon injuries: Tennis elbow, Golfer’s elbow, Rotator Cuff Tendon, Achilles Tendon, Hip Tendons, Hip Bursitis, Patellar Tendon
Ligament injuries: Knee (ACL, PCL, MCL, LCL), Plantar Fasciitis
WHAT IS STEM CELL THERAPY?
Stem Cell Therapy can repair tissues that are too damaged to heal on their own. Through Stem Cell Therapy, a patient can take advantage of the body’s ability to heal itself by using regenerative cells that can be harvested, concentrated and then injected into damaged tissue to initiate growth of healthy tissue. These cells have the potential to regenerate injured cartilage tissue, bone, muscle, tendon, ligaments and vertebral disc cartilage.
Stem cells are a special type of cell present in both embryos and adults, but only adult stem cells are currently used in clinical application, as they do not raise any ethical issues. These specialized stem cells can replicate themselves or transform into different types of cells and thus are involved in the body’s natural healing process. They are present in many parts of the body but are concentrated in the bone marrow and adipose (fat) tissue. These cells reduce inflammation and enhance regeneration by signaling local cells to produce cartilage and thus repair painful damaged tissue. “Stem Cell Therapy” is not just injection of stem cells, but injection of Bone Marrow Aspirate Concentrate, which is a concentration of stem cells, other healing cells and proteins.
Stem Cell Therapy is FDA approved and is generally very safe. The cells are obtained from your own body, so there is no risk of rejection or disease transmission and very minimal risk of infection.
WHAT ARE THE EXPECTED RESULTS?
This treatment is not a “quick fix” and is designed to promote long-term healing. Initially, there may be some increased pain for about a week, but then patients can expect to see significant improvement in symptoms over weeks to months. Some patients may benefit from injection of Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) about 1-4 weeks after the stem cell injection to obtain optimal results. The benefit is usually seen two to three months after the treatment but improvement in symptoms may be noticed sooner. Most patients respond well to just one Stem Cell injection, but at times the procedure is repeated in several months.
Stem Cell Therapy For Back and Neck Pain
Disc and facet joint degeneration is a common cause of back pain and disability. Until recently, therapies did not exist to slow or reverse the degenerative process, leaving medications or surgery as the only alternatives to treat chronic pain. Regenerative therapies for the spine are a promising state of the art option for treating chronic back and neck pain from disc degeneration.
HOW IS IT PERFORMED?
Adult Stem Cells are found in high concentration in bone marrow. Through a minimally invasive procedure using ultrasound or fluoroscopic (x-ray) guidance, the patient’s bone marrow is aspirated from the back of the hip. This aspirate is then placed in a FDA approved centrifuge to concentrate the stem cells and other desired cells and separate out the undesired cells. This Bone Marrow Aspirate Concentrate (BMAC) is then injected into the site of injured tissue using appropriate imaging guidance. A local anesthetic is used to control discomfort during the procedure. The process is done with minimal discomfort and takes about 60 minutes.