About Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Injections
NeoSpine is now offering stem cell injection treatments for patients suffering from degenerative disc, spine, and back pain. This new and innovative procedure is reinventing the way we imagine spinal care – as one of the first treatments that capitalize on the body’s ability to heal itself. This minimally invasive and quick procedure is an exciting development in the field of spinal care because it uses the patient’s own cells as a treatment method. Read more to learn more about how stem cell injections may help you find permanent relief.
There are two main therapies of regenerative medicine currently utilized: Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) and Bone Marrow Aspiration Concentrate (BMAC).
PRP uses platelets from your blood, which are known to attract beneficial growth factors and cytokines that promote soft tissue healing and bone mineralization. These platelets are then injected to promote healing in an area of degeneration. PRP has shown to be effective for injuries to tendons, ligaments, and soft tissues. It can also be used to treat milder cases of degenerative disc or joint disease. BMAC requires aspiration of bone marrow, typically from the hip, to obtain stem cells and growth factors. These stem cells are injected into an area of damage, which can lead to tissue regeneration and reduction of pain. Clinically, BMAC can be more potent than PRP and is typically used to address significant degenerative joint disease and arthritis. Both PRP and BMAC can be effective treatments for joint pain and back pain, although PRP is regarded as less invasive as it only requires a blood draw as opposed to bone marrow aspiration. Your physician will best assess which treatment is right for you.
BMAC requires aspiration of bone marrow, typically from the hip, to obtain stem cells and growth factors. These stem cells are injected into an area of damage, which can lead to tissue regeneration and reduction of pain. Clinically, BMAC can be more potent than PRP and is typically used to address significant degenerative joint disease and arthritis.
Both PRP and BMAC can be effective treatments for joint pain and back pain, although PRP is regarded as less invasive as it only requires a blood draw as opposed to bone marrow aspiration. Your physician will best assess which treatment is right for you.
ADULT STEM CELL THERAPY
Adult stem cells have been used for decades in spinal applications. Recently, scientists and physicians have demonstrated the anti-inflammatory and regenerative effects for orthopedic applications.
WHAT’S BEEN BOTHERING YOU?
BACK AND NECK PAIN
• Discogenic back pain
• Facet arthritis
• Degenerative disc disease (DDD)
• Sacroiliac joint pain
• Labral tears
• Articular cartilage injuries
FOOT AND ANKLE PAIN
• Mild to moderate osteoarthritis
• Tendon inflammation
• Partial achilles tendon tear
• Plantar fasciitis
• Partial rotator cuff tears
• Labral tears
• Mild to moderate osteoarthritis
HAND AND WRIST PAIN
• Carpal tunnel syndrome
• Trigger Finger
• Partial ligament tears
• Partial meniscal tears
Your cells. Your life.
Take control by learning about how adult stem cell therapy and regenerative medicine can help you heal naturally, safely, and in most cases, faster than with traditional surgery or therapy alone.
DID YOU KNOW YOU CAN TAKE CONTROL OF YOUR OWN PAIN?
IS STEM CELL THERAPY
RIGHT FOR YOU?
What are stem cells?
Where do the stem cells come from?
In adults, stem cells are present within a variety of tissues and organs. Bone marrow from the hip bone is the most commonly used source of stem cells in the U.S. due to ease of obtaining it and its effectiveness. This allows for Bone Marrow Aspiration Concentrate (BMAC) to be injected to areas of the body that require healing.
How are stem cells obtained and prepared?
During Bone Marrow Aspiration (BMAC), the doctor uses a thin needle to withdraw bone marrow from your posterior iliac crest. A trained nurse or technician uses specifically designed equipment to concentrate the adult stem cells and growth factors in the bone marrow. The final product is injected into the targeted area using ultrasound or fluoroscopic imaging to direct the stem cells into a specific disc or joint.
How is PRP obtained and prepared?
During PRP your blood will be drawn and then treated in a machine called centrifuge to isolate the platelets. These platelets can then be injected into the area being treated to promote healing.
Will my body reject stem cells?
No, the cells come from and are used in your own body, so the threat of rejection is miniscule to none. Your body has a system of recognizing its own cells from those of others, so it can recognize the injected stem cell as its own.
What about embryonic/amniotic/cord/blood cells?
Any cell that does not come from your own body will be inferior to your own cells for one reason, they are foreign. Your immune system has a simple job: identify foreign cells/materials and destroy them. This is why organ transplant recipients must take antirejection drugs as long as they live. They have to keep their immune system from doing its job in order to keep their transplanted organ. If a practitioner chooses to treat a patient with any cell type that is not the patients own cells, and that patient is not on antirejection drugs, the immune system will recognize the transplanted cells as foreign and clear them using your own cells is the only way to ensure that they will be accepted by your body.
Are stem cells too old to use?
No, regardless of your age, you could be a candidate for stem cell therapy. Cells derived from patients well into their 70’s have been successfully used for orthopedic applications, and the world’s foremost clinician researcher, Dr. Phillippe Hernigou, recently presented data showing that cells from 90+ year old patients were successful in treating knee osteoarthritis and pain.
Is this therapy cleared by the FDA?
Doctors draw bone marrow from your hip and then using FDA cleared device to concentrate the bone marrow. Unlike procedures which process fat with enzymes or use living foreign cells like amniotic products, bone marrow concentration is carried out using your own cells with minimal manipulation, which meets the FDAs definition of the practice of medicine.
Will my insurance cover these procedures?
While BMAC and PRP have been used for decades to treat a variety of diseases, their application in the treatment of pain is relatively new. Research is continuing to be carried out in this field to further our understanding of the benefits of these therapies. Because of this, insurance companies do not currently cover the therapy.
Through regenerative medicine, a
person can take advantage of their
body’s natural ability to heal by
using healthy stem cells found
throughout the body.
Take control by learning about how
adult stem cell therapy and
regenerative medicine can help you
heal naturally, safely, and in most
cases, faster than with
traditional surgery or therapy
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