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% ...
a doctor looks at an xray and considers "can osteoarthritis be improved by stem cell therapy?"

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 ...

Stem Cells: A Hip Pain Treatment without Surgery

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

If you’ve ever experienced pain in your hips, you know how debilitating it can be. The hip joint is one of the body’s biggest and strongest joints. As such, it supports much of our body’s weight and helps us move in multiple ways. When an injury or even just advancing age threatens its structural integrity, the resulting instability, inflammation and pain can make the simplest of activities an agonizing endeavor. The good news is, today, there are more options than ever for treating hip degeneration. In addition to standard treatments ...
Stem cell therapy can help alleviate pain the hips.

How Effective is Stem Cell Therapy for Hips?

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

Here at ThriveMD, we believe in the efficacy of using autologous stem cells to treat a variety of degenerative conditions. Not only are stem cells proven safe to use — especially when harvested from and used within a patient’s own body — there is much research to support their effectiveness at stimulating tissue growth. This is important because all cells (eventually) die. While some die as a result of an injury, the vast majority of cell deaths occur via a controlled process called apoptosis. In layman’s terms, apoptosis is “cell ...
alternative to hip replacement surgery

Is There an Alternative to Hip Replacement Surgery?

thriveMD Stem Cell Therapy, Stem Cells for Hip, Stem Cells for Joint & Soft Tissue Pain

The number of hip replacement surgeries performed each year is on the rise. A heightened focus on physical activity, as well as improved treatment technologies, mean patients have a need — and doctors, the instruments and skills — for surgically treating hip joint damage. The result: more surgical hip replacements. Share this Post Most people choose hip replacement surgery following an injury or prolonged pain due to arthritis. Indeed, arthritis is the number one reason for undergoing a hip replacement procedure. After years of struggling with debilitating pain that restricts ...