Stem Cell Injections for Back Pain

Stem Cell Injections for Back Pain: The Process and Recovery

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

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. 

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Thus, 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 a significantly less traumatic injection of stem cells to potentially speed healing, thereby easing back pain, reducing inflammation and increasing overall mobility and function in a shorter amount of time.  

What is the Stem Cell Therapy Process?

Unlike traditional surgical treatments, stem cell injections for back pain are minimally invasive and less painful to endure; the whole process takes approximately three to four hours, beginning with the harvesting of adult stem cells and growth factors from a patient’s own body. Collecting autologous biologics not only eliminates the risk of rejection and disease transmission, it can be done in the comfort of a doctor’s office, thus minimizing some of the risks linked to incision wounds and increased exposure to nosocomial infections. Furthermore, many surgical options for back pain exacerbate mental and bodily stress, which can ultimately slow or negate full recovery; stem cell injections counter many of these possible effects.

The procedure is fairly straightforward here at ThriveMD: following IV sedation and the application of a local anesthetic administered to the harvesting site(s), patients undergo the actual stem cell harvesting. An experienced stem cell therapy doctor and/or team collects fat-derived stem cells from a patient’s abdomen or flank using mini-liposuction, bone marrow-derived stem cells from the iliac crest via a needle aspiration and platelet-rich plasma from his or her blood via a blood draw (usually in the arm). The recovered stem cells, growth factors and proteins from each of these sites are then separately isolated/centrifuged and made into a concentrated aspirate that a trained physician directly injects into the affected tissue using live x-ray or ultrasound guidance. It is believed that the regenerative qualities of all these biologic materials have the potential to facilitate natural healing processes within the patient’s own body.

After the procedure, patients return home that day to recover.

Recovery from a Stem Cell Injection

One of the main advantages of a stem cell injection over surgery to treat back pain is the shortened recovery time it offers. After a stem cell procedure, patients walk freely out of our clinic. It is not uncommon for them to return to work within one or two days, to resume normal activities within six weeks and to experience a meaningful lessening of pain within 4-12 weeks. Traditional surgical treatments usually have recovery times that far exceed these kinds of therapeutic results.

A follow-up appointment one month after a stem cell treatment includes the administration of one of the following types of injections: a PRP injection, a bone marrow concentrate injection, a placental exosome injection or an alpha-2-macroglobulin injection into the damaged area previously treated. The combination of these two steps frequently offers patients lasting benefits, enabling them to forgo future surgical interventions and return to normal or near normal functioning quicker than other types of treatments.

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The regenerative capacity of stem cells and other biologic materials makes stem cell therapy an exciting treatment option for many types of patients with both chronic degradation and acute injury to the back. To find out if it might be an option for you or a loved one, please contact our team at ThriveMD

 

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Linda Gerrans
Linda Gerrans
19:37 14 Dec 17
When I was told by an orthopedic doctor I needed double knee replacement I chose stem cell therapy instead. Stem cell therapy has helped me get through my days without the pain I was experiencing and enjoy the activities I was unable to because of the pain.
John Beeman
John Beeman
23:05 08 Jan 17
I just wanted to give an update regarding the stem cell procedure performed by Dr. Brandt at Thrive about 3 years ago. My range of motion continues to improve--remarkable at 64.I skied 150k in 5 days last week and never iced my knee once. I can't remember skiing that many feet w/out having to ice in the last 20 years. The knee treated has been without an acl since I was 18 and is pretty severely arthritic,but I am getting better performance now than I have in recent memory. Thank you, Dr. Brandt!!
Lisa Harris
Lisa Harris
15:59 02 Jan 17
After struggling with an Achilles injury for 1 1/2 years and trying everything to heal it - steroid, physical therapy, wearing a boot, no activity, stretching, etc - I decided to have stem cell therapy at Thrive.md. It was a short procedure and an afternoon of post op recovery, which after 6-8 weeks, resulted in a full recovery from my injury. This seemed to finally stimulate blood flow and healing to an injury I had resigned myself to having forever. I highly recommend this procedure for tendon injuries like this one.
Zvezdomir Zamfirov
Zvezdomir Zamfirov
03:55 14 Nov 16
I am a pain management physician myself. I am 52, and physically very active. I still play soccer competitively. Six months ago I suffered a hip injury with a labrum tear. Due to the pre-existing wear and tear, the only conventional treatment, which was offered to me was total hip replacement. I wanted to remain physically active and continue to play sports, so I decided that this is not the best option for me. I choose instead to try stem-cell therapy. Ten days ago I had my procedure done by Dr. Brandt, and since then I have nothing but positive things to say about him and his practice. Everyone in his office was extremely welcoming and put me at ease and comfort about my procedure. The procedure went very smooth. And I did not have ANY post procedure pain or discomfort. I had no need for any pain medication. I was back to work seeing patients on the 2nd day after the procedure. My hip already feels noticeably better. I have the second procedure scheduled in four weeks, and I am confident that in another 3-4 weeks I'll be back playing soccer again. Thank you, Dr. Brandt and team for taking such excellent care of me.
John Reilly
John Reilly
13:44 04 Nov 16
I saw Dr Brandt on 8/8/16 for a lower back stem cell injection. From the injection, I got a serious infection in my lower spine. As a result, I spent 2 days in the Vail hospital and have been on daily IV antibiotics for the past 8 weeks. A few weeks after the injection, I started feeling increased pain which was a different pain than before my injection. It was much sharper and a shooting pain. I communicated this information to Dr Brandt and his staff. There only response and treatment was stronger pain meds. oral and injected steroids (the worst thing to do when an infection is present). The pain became so intense and debilitating, I finally made an appointment with an orthopedic surgeon. Their team quickly discovered from listening to my symptoms and reviewing a new MRI that I had an infection. I also discovered from a search on DORA that over the past 13 years Dr Brandt's has a history of incidents with the DORA which regulates medical professionals. Over this time, his license was suspended for a period of time and is he currently practicing on probation through 2019. At one point, the AG said he was unfit to practice medicine.
Laurel Wilkerson
Laurel Wilkerson
21:22 08 Aug 16
Great job by the Thrive MD team in Edwards. With a torn achilles tendon, I was really opposed to surgery. When I discovered Dr. Brandt and team, I was thrilled. They are most professional and explained every step of the process and procedure for treatment options. I am on the road to recovery, and I am so thankful to have discovered Thrive. Before you let an orthopedic doc operate, take the time to explore and discuss stem cell therapy. Thrive MD made the process easy and convenient. Thanks! One year later update - ankle is doing great. Skied 52 days in 2015-16. Hiking, biking and all are no problem. Great team of caring people who know their business.
Brad Jones
Brad Jones
00:27 19 Feb 16
Dr. Brandt and his entire staff are amazing! Early in the ski season I had a partial tear in my ACL and thought I would be out until the next year for sure. However after consulting with Thrive MD they informed me that I was a good candidate for stem cell therapy. I went through the procedure and went from barely being able to walk with crutches to walking comfortably and normally within three weeks! I was back at work quickly and just got back on the mountain recently. My knee feels very solid and I have ZERO issues with it. Thank you Thrive MD for saving my ski season!
Karen Taylor
Karen Taylor
02:10 09 Dec 15
I am so happy to have found Thrive this past summer. After being told by 3 Dr's that I need a knee replacement I was feeling very discouraged. 2 1/2 years ago I had a very bad skiing accident and destroyed my tibial plateau. After surgery and physical therapy I was no where near where I wanted to be functioning physically. I couldn't hike, ski, or basically do anything active without constant pain. I went to Thrive and got my hormones balanced, got my energy level back up to where I like it to be and had several stem cell treatments on my knee. It was not an instant fix, but over the past 6 months it has continually started to feel better. I just skied 3 hard days in a row in Beaver Creek, with no swelling and very little pain! I am back to functioning at about 80% of my capacity. I'm thrilled with the progress and hope to continue to improve as I continue to be active this winter. I am so happy not to have a knee replacement and to be able to keep my own knee. Thank you Dr. Brandt.
Sylvia Baldwin
Sylvia Baldwin
00:00 26 Apr 15
Dr. Brandt is the best! I've been seeing him altogether for around 15 years now for corticosteroid injections for pain and would never want to see anyone else. He is very skilled with the needle and getting the injections done in exactly the right places. In addition, I've found Dr. Brandt to be a very concerned and caring individual; he's a great listener who clearly gives a lot of thought to what the best approach is going to be in dealing with the situation the patient describes. I've found that he always takes as much time as necessary to assess the situation; dealing with Dr. Brandt is such an entirely different experience than virtually every other meeting I've had with various surgeons and other M.D.'s. His staff is also very friendly, helpful and kind--as I said, he's the best...and well worth the drive to Edwards!
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