annular tear treatment

How to Choose Which Annular Tear Treatment is Right for You

thriveMD PRP, Stem Cell Therapy, Stem Cells for Back Pain

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 …

Stem Cell Therapy vs PRP

Everything You Need to Know About Stem Cell Therapy vs PRP

Scott Brandt, M.D. PRP, Stem Cell Therapy

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 …