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 ...

New Spinal Disc Treatments

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

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 ...
Regenerative Therapy for Knees: What It Is, the Process and Recovery

Regenerative Therapy for Knees: What It Is, the Process and Recovery

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

Every year millions of people around the world suffer with joint damage and its resulting pain. According the 2020 Global Pain Index Report, eight out of 10 people worldwide experience joint pain with approximately one third of them listing knee pain specifically as their primary concern. It’s a pressing global problem, one for which traditional treatments (such as pain medications, rest, physical reconditioning and surgery) have historically demanded much time (for the implementation of, as well as the recovery from these types of treatments) yet never fully eliminated the real ...
Stem Cell Therapy Procedures: What, Why and How

Stem Cell Therapy Procedures: What, Why and How

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

Stem cell therapy is a regenerative medicine technique that seeks to harness the body’s innate ability to heal itself. Most people are familiar with the term “bone marrow transplant,” which is one specific form of stem cell therapy. However, there are other types of stem cell therapies that aim to repair and even regenerate diseased, traumatized and/or genetically malformed tissue in other parts of the body, as well (i.e., not just in the blood). These are the types of stem cell therapy procedures we perform here at ThriveMD. Read on ...
Your Resource for Stem Cell Studies

Your Resource for Stem Cell Studies

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

Stem cell therapy is neither new nor unproven. On the contrary, stem cells have been used for multiple therapeutic purposes with great success for over 70 years. Not only are they used to treat cancer and blood-related diseases (an application of which most of us are familiar), they have been — and continue to be — rigorously studied and used in other treatments and for other purposes, as well. And while perhaps not as well-publicized as bone marrow transplants, these analyses and uses certainly have the potential to offer similar ...

Stem Cell Therapy vs. Shoulder Surgery: What You Need to Know

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

The human shoulder consists of three bones (the clavicle, scapula and humerus) and many tendons, ligaments and muscles that link together with a series of four joints. Injury, disease and normal wear and tear issues can affect any part of the shoulder and typically present as fractures in bones, tears in tendons and/or arthritis and instability. Indeed, the shoulder is especially prone to all types of problems because it is constantly being used, moving our arms in a wide range of motion so that we are able to push, pull, ...

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) ...

How Stem Cell Treatment for Tennis Elbow Can Improve Your Game

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

Tendinitis is the painful swelling of a tendon. It can manifest in any tendon, but most frequently occurs in those surrounding joints that experience repetitive movement. Indeed, tendinitis is often sports-related, occurring in shoulders, elbows, wrists and knees as a result of chronic overuse. When it settles in the elbow, it’s frequently called “tennis elbow,” and it affects a lot more than a patient’s game. While up to 50% of athletes using over-the-shoulder arm motion experience tennis elbow, the majority of tennis elbow sufferers aren’t actually tennis players! Approximately 95% ...
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Can Osteoarthritis Be Improved by Stem Cell Therapy?

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

Degenerative joint disease — also called osteoarthritis — is the wearing away of the cartilage between any of the joints in a person’s body. Age, obesity and injury can all contribute to osteoarthritis, with symptoms ranging from intermittent discomfort and stiffness to the weakening of muscles and ligaments and erosion of bone that ultimately lead to ineffective, as well as chronically painful, joint function.  Treating osteoarthritis has traditionally relied on medication and rest and/or physical therapy aimed at strengthening the tissue surrounding the affected joint. And since cartilage does not ...