back surgery alternatives

Back Surgery Alternatives: Why You Should Consider Stem Cells

Scott Brandt, M.D. Stem Cells for Back Pain

Any type of surgery carries risks. Used to incise, remove, repair, or destroy tissue as part of the treatment for a medical condition, surgery exposes patients to a variety of possible complications. Bleeding issues and blood clots, along with infection and nerve damage are just some of the most severe problems that could occur during and following a surgical procedure. In addition, individual genetic predispositions raise or lower the probability of problems occurring for each patient, which is the reason that surgery is often the last line of defense for ...
stem cells for knees

Things to Know about Stem Cells For Knees

Scott Brandt, M.D. Stem Cells for Knee

Stem cell therapy is a safe, effective treatment option for many patients with knee pain and/or deterioration of the knee joint. Unlike many other possible treatments, using stem cells for the treatment of knee pain is the only way to potentially rebuild damaged knee tissue. While medication, physical conditioning and surgery can possibly reduce a patient’s symptoms, stem cell therapy has been shown to be the only option actually capable of initiating an immune response within the body that can reduce inflammation and stimulate new cell growth. The result: stem ...
degenerative disc disease

Degenerative Disc Disease Surgery Alternatives

Scott Brandt, M.D. Stem Cells for Back Pain

Degenerative disc disease is basically arthritis that settles in the spine. It can be precipitated by a variety of factors such as an injury, genetics and/or chronic overuse that weakens the cartilage within the spine’s many joints and discs. Quite often, though, there is no one specific cause of degenerative disc disease; it simply correlates with age, hastening its progression as we advance in years. Share this Post Traditional treatments for degenerative disc disease — such as rest, physical therapy and medication — can perhaps alleviate some of its symptoms ...
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Does Stem Cell Therapy for Knee Pain Have a Long Recovery Time?

Scott Brandt, M.D. Stem Cell Therapy, Stem Cells for Knee

Knee pain is a common problem, affecting anyone at any stage of his or her life. Typical contributors to knee pain include aging, injury and repetitive movements that put stress on the knee joint. While not exactly life-threatening, knee pain can be life-altering, precipitating a loss of mobility that changes the way people live and work. Pain medication and other traditional treatments can only provide relief to a certain point, either masking symptoms or strengthening surrounding muscles but never actually addressing the cause of the pain itself. Share this Post ...
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Pros and Cons of Stem Cell Therapy

Scott Brandt, M.D. Stem Cell Therapy

At ThriveMD, we believe that adult stem cells are powerful tools in the fight against age-related orthopedic disease, as well as many acute sports injuries. Because they have the unique ability to “transform” into specific types of tissue depending on how and when their assistance is initiated by the body and because they can also replicate again and again, replenishing their supply as needed, adult stem cells can be deliberately used by doctors to combat cellular deterioration. The process is simple enough: withdraw adult stem cells from a patient,  specifically ...
stem cell therapy for back pain

Stem Cell Therapy for Back Pain: Expectations vs. Reality

Scott Brandt, M.D. BHRT, Stem Cell Therapy, Stem Cells for Back Pain

Stem cell therapy is one of the most well-known and high-profile forms of medical treatment. For decades, medical researchers have used stem cell therapy to treat a myriad of conditions. However, stem cell therapy is growing in popularity and accessibility. As a result, more and more people may wonder if stem cell therapy is right for them. Specifically, using stem cell therapy for back pain can be a viable option for individuals in certain circumstances. Here, we’ll take a closer look at stem cell therapy explain how the process actually ...
hip labral tear

Stem Cell Therapy for Hip Labral Tears

Scott Brandt, M.D. Stem Cell Therapy, Stem Cells for Hip

As one of the body’s largest weight-bearing joints, the hip is uniquely designed to withstand an enormous amount of pressure while still providing stability and adequate range of motion. Adding to its strength are the muscles, tendons and ligaments that surround the hip, as well as a ring of cartilage called the hip labrum. The labrum, especially, has an important role in the hip’s “ball-and-socket” design, lining the hip’s two socket cavities in such a way that it creates suction with the head of the femur (the “ball”), holding each ...
stem cell therapy for meniscus tear

Stem Cell Therapy for Meniscus Tear

Scott Brandt, M.D. Stem Cell Therapy, Stem Cells for Knee

A meniscus is a c-shaped piece of cartilage in the knee that acts as a shock absorber between the lower leg bone (tibia) and the thigh bone (femur). There are two menisci in each knee, which, together, work to cushion the weight of our bodies as we move. Indeed, the support that meniscal tissue provides the knee joint is so vital that any trauma to or degenerative changes within a meniscus can prove catastrophic for the people experiencing it. Compounding the problem, many doctors elect to remove the meniscus in ...
orthopedic stem cell therapy

Orthopedic Stem Cell Therapy

Scott Brandt, M.D. Stem Cell Therapy

Orthopedic stem cell therapy is a type of medical procedure used to treat various chronic and acute musculoskeletal conditions. Specifically, the musculoskeletal system is comprised of the body’s bones, joints, muscles, tendons and ligaments, and stem cell therapy for orthopedic problems strives to repair and even replace cells in these tissues that become damaged or diseased or have generally deteriorated in some other way using the power of stem cells. In contrast to many traditional solutions for bone and joint problems — such as rest, medication, physical strengthening and rehabilitation ...
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New Spinal Disc Treatments

Scott Brandt, M.D. Stem Cell Therapy, Stem Cell Therapy Procedure, Stem Cells for Back Pain

The spine is an important part of the body. It is divided into three major sections — the cervical spine (within the neck); the thoracic spine (within the ribcage); and the lumbar spine (also known as the “lower back”) — and consists of individual sections of bone called vertebrae that are separated by a shock-absorbing disc. Alternating vertebrae and discs run the length of the spine, with each disc cushioning the constant pressure of the body’s weight; enabling range of motion; and protecting the spinal cord. Share this Post Issues ...