annular tear treatment

How to Choose Which Annular Tear Treatment is Right for You

thriveMD PRP, Stem Cell Therapy, Stem Cells for Back Pain

But First, Let’s Talk About the Spine The human spine (what most of us call “our back”) is the bony column that runs from the base of our skull to the top of our pelvis. It includes 33 vertebrae and a variety of muscles, nerves and other soft tissue structures that combine to protect our spinal cord and stabilize our body’s weight distribution. Of course, the spine also allows us to flex and rotate as needed.  Twenty-three discs separate the majority of the spine’s individual vertebrae; these discs are important …

Stem Cell Therapy vs PRP

Everything You Need to Know About Stem Cell Therapy vs PRP

Scott Brandt, M.D. PRP, Stem Cell Therapy

PRP 101  Blood is composed of four main components: plasma, red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets. Unsurprisingly, platelet-rich plasma has a much higher concentration of platelets (about 5-10 times greater) than blood. PRP is beneficial for regenerative purposes because platelets contain natural sources of growth factors, as well as proteins and cytokines that stimulate the healing of bone and soft tissue. As such, PRP promotes cell repair, which in turn can lead to decreased inflammation and reduction in pain.  A PRP procedure consists of four stages: First, the …

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Knee Cartilage Regeneration | Stem Cells for Cartilage Repair, Part 1

Scott Brandt, M.D. Knee Replacement Alternative, PRP, Stem Cell Therapy, Stem Cells for Joint & Soft Tissue Pain, Stem Cells for Knee

Knee pain from osteoarthritis remains a major cause of disability and missed worked days.  Conservative treatment is typically aimed at relieving pain and begins with anti-inflammatory medications, physical therapy and opioid pain medications. Injection therapy with corticosteroids and hyaluronic acid will often be used as the next line of treatment for knee cartilage repair.  Surgical treatments such as arthroscopy, subchondral bone drilling and microfracture are often the next steps in the treatment cascade. Share this post:Unfortunately, many of these patients continue to progress and eventually undergo knee joint replacement surgery. ...
stem cells for skiers

Stem Cell Therapy for Skiers: the Definitive Guide

Scott Brandt, M.D. Knee Replacement Alternative, PRP, Research, Stem Cell Therapy, Stem Cells for Back Pain, Stem Cells for Facet Joints, Stem Cells for Hip, Stem Cells for Joint & Soft Tissue Pain, Stem Cells for Knee, Stem Cells for Low Back, Stem Cells for Neck Pain

Colorado has over 20 ski resorts spread throughout the state and is home to one of the longest ski seasons in the country. The longer the ski season, the greater chances there are for injury. To help treat both acute and chronic injuries, we provide stem cell therapy for skiers in both our Vail and Denver clinics. The stem cell treatments for joint injuries and low back pain have been an effective treatment to allow patients to quickly return to skiing and other activities they love. Like you, we have a passion for ...