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5 Common Misconceptions About Stem Cell Therapy for Herniated Discs

thriveMD Stem Cell Therapy, Stem Cells for Back Pain

Our team here at ThriveMD uses stem cells and other biologics to treat a variety of conditions. Specifically, many of our patients see us because they have herniated discs and other degenerative issues of the spine that make daily living painful to endure.

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However, because using stem cell therapy to treat orthopedic conditions is a relatively new treatment option (approximately 10 years old), it’s common for them to have questions regarding its value and safety. Here are the top five concerns we frequently hear:

Misconception 1: There is No Proof That Stem Cell Therapy for Herniated Discs Works

A stem cell treatment for herniated discs might be a “newer” treatment option, but it still has been and is being extensively researched as evidenced by studies such as this one and this one from a team of clinicians and researchers at the prestigious Mayo Clinic; ongoing clinical trials such as this one sponsored by the University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center; case studies and testimonials from our own ThriveMD patients; and more. Research and patient results indicate the potential efficacy of stem cells when treating the effects of lumbar disc, joint and soft tissue degeneration, as well as other conditions like erectile dysfunction (to name but a few).

Misconception 2: Traditional Treatments Offer Longer Lasting Effects Than Stem Cell Therapy for Herniated Discs

Traditional treatments for herniated discs include rest, exercise, physical therapy, medication and surgery. While any (or a combination of some) of these treatments can alleviate the pain associated with many chronic and acute back injuries, there is no question that stem cell therapy can also offer the same type of relief. Indeed, stem cell therapy has been known to alleviate pain for patients for years, which is often longer than the relief afforded to some patients by some of the aforementioned conventional treatments. Moreover, when compared to surgical treatments specifically, a stem cell injection can provide faster pain relief, which can be even more significant for patients in debilitating pain.

Misconception 3: Stem Cell Therapy for Herniated Discs is Expensive

While most insurance companies do not cover stem cell therapy for herniated discs and other orthopedic disorder, the cost is often less than the combination of insurance deductibles and copays.  And since a stem cell injection is a minimally invasive procedure, performed in the comfort of a doctor’s office rather than a hospital or clinic, many of the fees associated with a surgical treatment are negated. Moreover, if you consider the ongoing costs of physical therapy, medication and/or rehabilitation, loss of work and other possible effects of some conservative approaches, the cost of stem cell therapy for herniated discs is very reasonable.

Misconception 4: Stem Cell Therapy for Herniated Discs is Painful

Stem cell therapy is a minimally invasive procedure with only minor post procedure discomfort. In fact, many of our patients here at ThriveMD need no post-procedure pain medication and experience significant pain relief from their condition in as little as two to twelve weeks.

Misconception 5: If I Have Stem Cell Therapy for Herniated Discs, I Run the Risk of Graft vs. Host Disease and/or Rejection

Stem cell therapy for herniated discs uses autologous donor cells, or cells taken from the patient’s own body. This eliminates the possibility of the patient’s body launching an immune response against the stem cells (since the body recognizes them as its own), thus safeguarding the injected cells and removing the possibility of their rejection.

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Stem cell therapy for herniated discs is a legitimate and safe procedure, but it’s not right for everyone. To learn more about its capacity to treat your own specific condition, please contact our team here at ThriveMD. Our medical director, Dr. Scott Brandt will review your history and recommend a treatment plan with the best chances for success.

 

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Linda Gerrans
Linda Gerrans
19:37 14 Dec 17
When I was told by an orthopedic doctor I needed double knee replacement I chose stem cell therapy instead. Stem cell therapy has helped me get through my days without the pain I was experiencing and enjoy the activities I was unable to because of the pain.
John Beeman
John Beeman
23:05 08 Jan 17
I just wanted to give an update regarding the stem cell procedure performed by Dr. Brandt at Thrive about 3 years ago. My range of motion continues to improve--remarkable at 64.I skied 150k in 5 days last week and never iced my knee once. I can't remember skiing that many feet w/out having to ice in the last 20 years. The knee treated has been without an acl since I was 18 and is pretty severely arthritic,but I am getting better performance now than I have in recent memory. Thank you, Dr. Brandt!!
Lisa Harris
Lisa Harris
15:59 02 Jan 17
After struggling with an Achilles injury for 1 1/2 years and trying everything to heal it - steroid, physical therapy, wearing a boot, no activity, stretching, etc - I decided to have stem cell therapy at Thrive.md. It was a short procedure and an afternoon of post op recovery, which after 6-8 weeks, resulted in a full recovery from my injury. This seemed to finally stimulate blood flow and healing to an injury I had resigned myself to having forever. I highly recommend this procedure for tendon injuries like this one.
Zvezdomir Zamfirov
Zvezdomir Zamfirov
03:55 14 Nov 16
I am a pain management physician myself. I am 52, and physically very active. I still play soccer competitively. Six months ago I suffered a hip injury with a labrum tear. Due to the pre-existing wear and tear, the only conventional treatment, which was offered to me was total hip replacement. I wanted to remain physically active and continue to play sports, so I decided that this is not the best option for me. I choose instead to try stem-cell therapy. Ten days ago I had my procedure done by Dr. Brandt, and since then I have nothing but positive things to say about him and his practice. Everyone in his office was extremely welcoming and put me at ease and comfort about my procedure. The procedure went very smooth. And I did not have ANY post procedure pain or discomfort. I had no need for any pain medication. I was back to work seeing patients on the 2nd day after the procedure. My hip already feels noticeably better. I have the second procedure scheduled in four weeks, and I am confident that in another 3-4 weeks I'll be back playing soccer again. Thank you, Dr. Brandt and team for taking such excellent care of me.
John Reilly
John Reilly
13:44 04 Nov 16
I saw Dr Brandt on 8/8/16 for a lower back stem cell injection. From the injection, I got a serious infection in my lower spine. As a result, I spent 2 days in the Vail hospital and have been on daily IV antibiotics for the past 8 weeks. A few weeks after the injection, I started feeling increased pain which was a different pain than before my injection. It was much sharper and a shooting pain. I communicated this information to Dr Brandt and his staff. There only response and treatment was stronger pain meds. oral and injected steroids (the worst thing to do when an infection is present). The pain became so intense and debilitating, I finally made an appointment with an orthopedic surgeon. Their team quickly discovered from listening to my symptoms and reviewing a new MRI that I had an infection. I also discovered from a search on DORA that over the past 13 years Dr Brandt's has a history of incidents with the DORA which regulates medical professionals. Over this time, his license was suspended for a period of time and is he currently practicing on probation through 2019. At one point, the AG said he was unfit to practice medicine.
Laurel Wilkerson
Laurel Wilkerson
21:22 08 Aug 16
Great job by the Thrive MD team in Edwards. With a torn achilles tendon, I was really opposed to surgery. When I discovered Dr. Brandt and team, I was thrilled. They are most professional and explained every step of the process and procedure for treatment options. I am on the road to recovery, and I am so thankful to have discovered Thrive. Before you let an orthopedic doc operate, take the time to explore and discuss stem cell therapy. Thrive MD made the process easy and convenient. Thanks! One year later update - ankle is doing great. Skied 52 days in 2015-16. Hiking, biking and all are no problem. Great team of caring people who know their business.
Brad Jones
Brad Jones
00:27 19 Feb 16
Dr. Brandt and his entire staff are amazing! Early in the ski season I had a partial tear in my ACL and thought I would be out until the next year for sure. However after consulting with Thrive MD they informed me that I was a good candidate for stem cell therapy. I went through the procedure and went from barely being able to walk with crutches to walking comfortably and normally within three weeks! I was back at work quickly and just got back on the mountain recently. My knee feels very solid and I have ZERO issues with it. Thank you Thrive MD for saving my ski season!
Karen Taylor
Karen Taylor
02:10 09 Dec 15
I am so happy to have found Thrive this past summer. After being told by 3 Dr's that I need a knee replacement I was feeling very discouraged. 2 1/2 years ago I had a very bad skiing accident and destroyed my tibial plateau. After surgery and physical therapy I was no where near where I wanted to be functioning physically. I couldn't hike, ski, or basically do anything active without constant pain. I went to Thrive and got my hormones balanced, got my energy level back up to where I like it to be and had several stem cell treatments on my knee. It was not an instant fix, but over the past 6 months it has continually started to feel better. I just skied 3 hard days in a row in Beaver Creek, with no swelling and very little pain! I am back to functioning at about 80% of my capacity. I'm thrilled with the progress and hope to continue to improve as I continue to be active this winter. I am so happy not to have a knee replacement and to be able to keep my own knee. Thank you Dr. Brandt.
Sylvia Baldwin
Sylvia Baldwin
00:00 26 Apr 15
Dr. Brandt is the best! I've been seeing him altogether for around 15 years now for corticosteroid injections for pain and would never want to see anyone else. He is very skilled with the needle and getting the injections done in exactly the right places. In addition, I've found Dr. Brandt to be a very concerned and caring individual; he's a great listener who clearly gives a lot of thought to what the best approach is going to be in dealing with the situation the patient describes. I've found that he always takes as much time as necessary to assess the situation; dealing with Dr. Brandt is such an entirely different experience than virtually every other meeting I've had with various surgeons and other M.D.'s. His staff is also very friendly, helpful and kind--as I said, he's the best...and well worth the drive to Edwards!
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