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 ...
spinal disc treatments

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 ...
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Stem Cell Therapy for Lumbar Discs

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

Lumbar discs, along with nerves, muscles, ligaments and five vertebral bones, make up the lower portion of the back called the lumbar spine. Together they help support the body’s weight with the discs themselves offering a cushioning effect that keeps the lumbar vertebrae from rubbing against one another. The discs also keep the bones of the lower back properly spaced and aligned, allowing us to bend and move without damaging spinal nerves that travel the length of the lumbar region to the end of the spinal canal. Share this Post ...
3 Common Questions Asked Regarding Spinal Disc Regeneration Injections

3 Common Questions Asked Regarding Spinal Disc Regeneration Injections

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

No one wants to have back pain, yet most of us will at some point in our lives. Unfortunately, it is one of the top reasons people visit a doctor every year and is the leading cause of disability worldwide. There is good news, though. While back pain, both here in the States and around the world, remains a very prevalent problem, there are more treatments than ever to alleviate its symptoms. In fact, thanks to pioneering work with regenerative techniques, some treatments may have the potential to actually correct ...

Stem Cell Therapy for Spine Injuries: Is This an Option for You

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

Damage to the spine can be particularly debilitating. Not only does it weaken the body’s main structure of support, but it also frequently results in a substantial amount of pain for those who suffer with it, limiting mobility and often precipitating a host of other problems (such as muscle weakness, bladder and bowel dysfunction and nerve injury). Traditional treatments are usually time-consuming and/or invasive; however, there are other therapies now available. One of the most promising is stem cell therapy. Here’s what you need to know about stem cell therapy ...

2 of the Most Common Stem Cell Treatments

Scott Brandt, M.D. Stem Cell Therapy, Stem Cells for Back Pain, Stem Cells for Joint & Soft Tissue Pain

The study of stem cells remains one of science’s most promising frontiers. For more than 70 years, research has continued to shed light on the value and potential of stem cell treatments. From a basic understanding of the stem cell’s role in early cell differentiation to today’s more nuanced exploration of their regenerative effects, researchers and clinicians are harnessing the power of stem cells in ways that are improving the lives of patients with an increasing variety of problems and conditions. No longer are stem cell transplants (to treat cancer) ...
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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 …