alternatives to cortisone shots

What Alternatives to Cortisone Shots Exist?

Scott Brandt, M.D. Stem Cell Therapy, Stem Cells for Joint & Soft Tissue Pain

According to a report published by the CDC last year, nearly one in four Americans has joint pain. Usually a result of orthopedic degeneration (arthritis), joint pain not only makes it physically difficult for people to move, it can diminish quality of life as they struggle with the psychological effects of living with chronic pain.  Depending on the severity of the condition, there are several treatments physicians can use to help treat joint pain. For the most severe cases, surgery is often needed, but in other instances, doctors might prescribe ...
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Disc Regenerative Therapy: A Non-Surgical Intervention for Back Pain

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

It’s always nice to have options. And nowadays the options for treating debilitating back pain far exceed what used to be the standards: rest, medication, physical therapy and/or — in worst case scenarios — surgery; today, back pain sufferers have the option of using disc regenerative therapy, as well. This type of non-surgical, minimally invasive intervention often offers quicker relief with less down  time than any of the traditional back pain treatments. Here’s what you need to know about back pain and disc regenerative therapy: Share this Post Back Pain ...
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How Long Do Stem Cell Injections Last?

Scott Brandt, M.D. Stem Cell Therapy

Stem cell injections are a form of regenerative medicine. They can be used to treat a variety of conditions, but at ThriveMD, we use stem cell injections to regenerate and repair cells, most specifically in the orthopedic realm, so that a patient’s body is able to establish normal cellular functioning in tissues that have decayed or become damaged in some way. Whether a patient has an acute sports injury, normal joint problems stemming from chronic overuse or other age-related issues, stem cell injections can be prescribed as a way to ...
Regenerative Injection Therapy

Is Regenerative Injection Therapy Right for You?

Scott Brandt, M.D. Stem Cell Therapy

Studies indicate that chronic pain is a significant issue for approximately 20% of the U.S. adult population. In a country with 258 million adults, that’s at least 71.5 million people whose pain directly impacts their daily living habits. If you or a loved one is one of them, regenerative injection therapy could be the right option for you, minimizing painful symptoms and possibly remedying the cause of this pain! Here’s what you need to know: Share this Post Types of Regenerative Injection Therapies There are several types of regenerative injection ...
Regenerative Cell Therapy

Regenerative Cell Therapy: How It Helps Heal Sports Injuries & More

Scott Brandt, M.D. Stem Cell Therapy

Physical activity is an essential component of good health. Not only does it help us maintain a healthy body weight (thus reducing our risk for many serious health problems), it strengthens our heart and muscles, improves our mental fitness and acuity and protects us against certain noncommunicable diseases (like heart disease, cancer and diabetes). Participating in recreational sport activities, in particular, can also encourage teamwork and problem-solving skills and create a respect for discipline that builds our confidence and further positively influences our health and our lives. Unfortunately, sports-related injuries ...
stem cell therapy for shoulder injury

Stem Cell Therapy for Shoulder Injury as an Alternative to Surgery

Scott Brandt, M.D. Stem Cells for Shoulder

Thanks to ongoing research, patients have a lot more options for treating many kinds of painful orthopedic issues. Some of the most promising of these treatments involve stem cells, specialized cells that everyone has access to within his or her own body.  Share this Post What are Stem Cells? Stem cells are the basic building blocks of all multicellular organisms; they direct the development of individual cells, tissues and organs by becoming specific types of cells when needed. For example, in humans, embryonic stem cells control fetal development; they essentially ...
stem cell therapy for neck pain

When Should You Get Stem Cell Therapy for Neck Pain?

Scott Brandt, M.D. Stem Cells for Neck Pain

Have you ever woken up with a crick in your neck? It’s painful, right? And it doesn’t just hurt, it often affects the way you move your body and interferes with common, everyday activities like driving, sleeping and even eating. Fortunately, for most people, neck pain is temporary, the result of a muscle injury or prolonged tension that can be alleviated by rest and medication. For others, though, neck pain becomes constant, a daily reminder that something is significantly amiss within the cervical spine. In these cases, there are treatment ...
stem cell therapy for shoulder pain

Stem Cell Therapy for Shoulder Pain

Scott Brandt, M.D. Stem Cells for Shoulder

Shoulder pain is usually associated with at least one of four issues: inflammation of a tendon, arthritis, a bone injury or joint instability. Depending on the severity of the problem, shoulder pain frequently limits movement and can reduce a person’s overall quality of life. To treat the source of shoulder pain, decrease recovery time and encourage the most prompt return to normal daily function, stem cell therapy could be an option. Stem cell therapy for shoulder pain is the only option that has been shown to actually repair diseased, degenerated ...
stem cell therapy for back pain

3 Success Stories Using Stem Cell Therapy for Back Pain

Scott Brandt, M.D. Stem Cells for Back Pain

ThriveMD has been successfully using stem cell therapy for back pain for nearly a dozen years. There are many causes of back pain. That’s why when we consult with each of our patients, we only recommend stem cell therapy for back pain when it is right for them. Take a look at three success stories that highlight our use of stem cell therapy for back pain and the results that some of our patients have seen: Share this Post Patient #1: Uses Stem Cell Therapy to Avoid Spinal Fusion and ...
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Back Surgery Alternatives: Why You Should Consider Stem Cells

Scott Brandt, M.D. Stem Cells for Back Pain

Any type of surgery carries risks. Used to incise, remove, repair, or destroy tissue as part of the treatment for a medical condition, surgery exposes patients to a variety of possible complications. Bleeding issues and blood clots, along with infection and nerve damage are just some of the most severe problems that could occur during and following a surgical procedure. In addition, individual genetic predispositions raise or lower the probability of problems occurring for each patient, which is the reason that surgery is often the last line of defense for ...