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 medical practitioners and their patients increased reasons for optimism. While medical professionals have long known the benefits of treating many cancers and blood-related illnesses with bone marrow transplants, scientists now have evidence that stem cell therapy, a much less invasive cellular treatment, can be used to possibly ease debilitating back pain. In particular, stem cell injections for back pain have become a viable option for many individuals.

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Rather than 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. Stem cell injections can 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 hours. It begins 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 performed in an office based procedure suite, which minimizes some of the risks linked to incision wounds and increased exposure to nosocomial infections. 

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 stem cell collection. An experienced stem cell therapy doctor and/or team collects fat-derived stem cells from a patient’s abdomen or flank using mini-liposuction, as well as 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 out of our clinic on their own.  It is not uncommon for them to return to work within one or two days, to resume normal activities and low impact exercise within a week and to experience a meaningful pain reduction within 4-12 weeks. Traditional surgical treatments usually have recovery times that far exceed these kinds of therapeutic results.

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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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If you believe you or someone you care about could be a candidate for stem cell therapy administered by a trusted clinic, please contact us today.