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How to Choose Which Annular Tear Treatment is Right for You

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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 …

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5 Common Misconceptions About Stem Cell Therapy for Herniated Discs

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Our team here at ThriveMD uses stem cells and other biologics to treat a variety of conditions. Specifically, many of our patients see us because they have herniated discs and other degenerative issues of the spine that make daily living painful to endure. Share this PostHowever, because using stem cell therapy to treat orthopedic conditions is a relatively new treatment option (approximately 10 years old), it’s common for them to have questions regarding its value and safety. Here are the top five concerns we frequently hear: Misconception 1: There is ...
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Stem Cells for Back Pain: Expectations vs. Reality

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Since the 1950s, stem cells have been used to treat many types of cancer, as well as several blood-related diseases. In the ensuing 70 years, extensive research and repeated experience has allowed science to better understand the ways stem cells can be applied and the benefits they can bestow to patients. Share this PostIndeed, the success of bone marrow transplants, in particular, has not only improved patient outcomes, it has paved the way for the burgeoning interest in and experimentation with alternative stem cell applications. Thus, while the field of ...
Stem Cell Injections for Back Pain

Stem Cell Injections for Back Pain: The Process and Recovery

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Research into alternative cellular treatment options over the past several years has steadily given rise to an exciting time for medical practitioners and their patients. While we’ve long known the benefits of treating many cancers and blood-related illnesses with bone marrow transplants, scientists now have evidence that stem cell therapy can also be used to possibly ease debilitating back pain, as well.  Share this PostThus, instead of facing an invasive surgical procedure, which often carries the risk of complications, as well as an extended recovery period, patients can now consider ...
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Stem Cell Therapy for Degenerative Disc Disease

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Degenerative disc disease (DDD) is a common consequence of the natural aging process. By the time we turn 50, nearly all of us will show evidence of some form of spinal deterioration when subjected to radiologic imaging, whether it’s spinal stenosis, osteoarthritis or disc herniation (or any combination of the three). Share this PostHistorically — and unfortunately — there have been few options to alleviate the pain of these conditions; the loss of disc soundness and its accompanying discomfort are often treated with anti-inflammatory/pain medications and/or physical therapy to strengthen ...
Stem Cell Therapy vs PRP

Everything You Need to Know About Stem Cell Therapy vs PRP

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PRP 101  Blood is composed of four main components: plasma, red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets. Unsurprisingly, platelet-rich plasma has a much higher concentration of platelets (about 5-10 times greater) than blood. PRP is beneficial for regenerative purposes because platelets contain natural sources of growth factors, as well as proteins and cytokines that stimulate the healing of bone and soft tissue. As such, PRP promotes cell repair, which in turn can lead to decreased inflammation and reduction in pain.  A PRP procedure consists of four stages: First, the …

Stem Cell Therapy for Orthopedic Injuries

What You Need to Know About Stem Cell Therapy for Orthopedic Injuries

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Orthopedic injuries can occur in any part of the musculoskeletal system. Many follow some sort of bodily trauma, but a great deal result from the natural aging process and the daily wear and tear our bodies endure. Share this PostIndeed, it’s estimated that one in two Americans has some sort of orthopedic disorder, making it a critical problem for half of the people living in the United States alone. Even just ten years ago, the treatment options for orthopedic problems were mostly limited to rest, physical therapy, medicine and/or surgery. The ...
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3 Questions to Ask a Stem Cell Doctor

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In addition to treating many cancers and diseases of the blood and aiding in the generation of reparative tissue grafts, stem cell therapy offers exciting possibilities for the treatment of several painful and/or chronic conditions such as erectile dysfunction (ED) and degenerative disease and injuries of the back, soft tissues and joints. And while using stem cells to treat these types of disorders is a relatively new option for many patients, it’s not a treatment that hasn’t undergone a host of experimental research.  Share this PostIndeed, countless studies show the ...
Where Do Doctors Get Stem Cells From

Where Do Doctors Get Stem Cells From?

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Although the first successful bone marrow transplant occurred in 1956, it wasn’t until a few years later that scientists came to fully understand why the procedure worked: bone marrow contains stem cells. Stem cells are the body’s original transformers. They begin as cells with no specialized function; however, they can develop into one of many different types of cells depending on certain natural or synthetic conditions.  Share this PostBy 1960, researchers recognized that bone marrow houses two types of stem cells: hematopoietic stem cells, which can generate all types of ...
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Stem Cell Therapy: An Alternative to Back Surgery

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Surgery is often presented as the final option for people with severe back pain. When other treatments like rest, medication and physical therapy fail, many patients are forced to consider surgical treatments that not only frequently require lengthy recovery times, but that also create periods of even greater pain. Share this PostBut what if there was an alternative to back surgery that wasn’t nearly as risky, had fewer side effects and utilized your body’s own cells to repair damage and restore function? Research from the past thirty years points to ...