stem cell therapy for herniated disc enabled this man to climb a mountain

5 Common Questions About Stem Cell Therapy for Herniated Discs

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

Living with persistent pain is a reality that many people in this country unfortunately face. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), “in 2016 [alone] an estimated 20.4% of U.S. adults had chronic pain," a condition which is associated with mobility and mental health issues, opioid addiction and an overall reduced quality of life. In contrast to the acute episodes of pain we all face at one time or another, chronic pain is defined as any pain lasting longer than three months, and many issues can cause it: an ...
History of Stem Cell Disc Regeneration

A Brief History of Stem Cell Disc Regeneration

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

The Discovery of Stem Cells –– 1960s Stem cells are a naturally occurring component of human biology. In that sense, they’ve been around forever. Stem cells are special cells within the body that have the ability to self-replicate and to develop tissue-specific functionality over time. Because of this, stem cells have been referred to as “master cells” or biological “building blocks.” Scientists Ernest McCulloch and James Till were the first researchers to identify and characterize what we have eventually come to know as stem cells.  Embryonic Stem Cells –– 1980s …

Stem Cell Therapy for the Spine

The Impact of Stem Cell Therapy for the Spine

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

What is a Stem Cell Treatment for the Spine? Every person has stem cells that are located throughout the body. Stem cells are cells that can become many (if not all) types of cells. Most of the time, cells originate in a certain type of tissue and can only make more cells of that tissue type. In this way, heart cells come from heart tissue, liver cells from liver tissue, and so on. Stem cells, however, can “transform” into a specific type of cell even if they exist in a …

Spinal Disc Regeneration

3 Things You Should Know About Spinal Disc Regeneration

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

How Does Spinal Disc Regeneration Work?  For many, back pain occurs because of damage to the structure of their spinal discs. Additionally, damaged discs inhibit mobility. As such, often the most effective way to treat back issues is to repair the spinal discs. Spinal disc regeneration is a form of stem cell therapy. Stem cells, in simple terms, are the body’s “master cells.” Unlike other cells in the body, they can take on a number of different functions based on their location. Therefore, doctors may inject stem cells into a …

Stem Cell Therapy for Cervical Degenerative Disc Disease

Understanding Stem Cell Therapy for Cervical Degenerative Disc Disease

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

Today, stem cell therapy is at the forefront of regenerative medicine. Stem cells are the body’s original building blocks, capable of differentiating into and constructing the tissues in our bodies, either initially or as part of a physiological response. Early understanding of stem cells had them originating only as part of embryonic development. Now we know they exist in adult tissues, as well. In fact, they not only reside in adult tissues; they have the potential to replace, repair and regrow defective tissue when removed from their original tissue source(s) …

Natural Spinal Disc Regeneration

Is Natural Spinal Disc Regeneration Possible?

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

  Of course, not all man-made devices or ingredients and chemicals are “bad;” there are advantages and disadvantages that have to be weighed against each other in order to determine whether the risks of producing and using them are worth the rewards. But in those instances where “all-natural” is possible and beneficial, there leaves little doubt that it is the superior option for supporting both human health and environmental well-being.    In the medical world, for instance, more and more physicians are turning to the body’s own natural processes to …

Cervical Degenerative Disc Disease Treatment

Cervical Degenerative Disc Disease Treatment with Stem Cells

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

The cervical spine includes the first seven of the spine’s 33 vertebrae. It begins at the base of the skull and runs the length of the neck. Between each of the cervical vertebrae lies a fluid-filled disc that acts as: 1) a shock absorber, limiting the trauma of repetitive impact; and 2) an anchor, tethering the other vertebrae together so that the spine can provide structural support while still facilitating overall flexibility. But because it supports the weight of the skull and controls head and neck movement, the cervical spine …

Regenerate Spinal Discs Naturally

How to Regenerate Spinal Discs Naturally

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

Take a look at how we are helping the body naturally regenerate spinal discs (a common target of severe degenerative effects), and thus, truly turning it into the ultimate biological machine: How Regeneration Works Regeneration is the process by which our bodies replenish lost, aging and diseased tissue. When cells get damaged or die, our bodies frequently initiate the growth of new cells to repair or replace them by summoning a specific type of cell — a stem cell — to begin replicating. Stem cells are found in every tissue …

man kayaking after stem cell therapy for spine degeneration

What to Expect from Stem Cell Therapy for Spine Degeneration

thriveMD Stem Cell Therapy, Stem Cells for Back Pain

Until recently, most back pain sufferers used a combined regimen of rest, physical therapy, medication and, sometimes, surgery to facilitate pain relief. But research over the past two decades has introduced an alternative treatment option with significant promise for many patients: stem cell therapy. Here’s what patients should know about spine degeneration and what they can expect when using stem cell therapy to treat it: Why Spine Degeneration Can Hurt Our spines are each composed of individual bones called vertebrae, the majority of which are separated by intervertebral discs. These …

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 …