Stem Cell Therapy for Pain
At Nuvo Spine, we are proud to offer you the latest advancements in pain management. With the revolutionary ability to promote self-renewal and self-regeneration, stem cell-based therapies are on the cutting edge of orthopedics and sports medicine.
What is Stem Cell Therapy?
Stem cells are undifferentiated cells. As stem cells divide, they have the ability to differentiate into almost any kind of specialized cell, whether that’s a bone cell, a ligament cell, or any other type of cell found in the body.
In stem cell-based therapies, stem cells are harvested from the patient’s own body and then spun in a centrifuge to produce a highly-concentrated solution. The solution is then injected directly into the area of pain. This is a nonsurgical, minimally-invasive procedure that accelerates the body’s natural healing processes.
Does Stem Cell Therapy Work?
The short answer is, in orthopedic procedures, yes! Stem cell therapies have been widely studied in the field of orthopedics, and have shown very promising results.
The long answer is a bit more complicated. Stem cells therapies are still in their early stages, and their efficacy in treating other types of diseases is still under investigation.
If you suffer from orthopedic pain, stem cell therapy can be an effective supplement or an alternative to more traditional therapies. While pain medications, topical solutions, and corticosteroids may mask or relieve pain for a short period of time, stem cell-based therapies offer natural healing, and the elimination of pain at its source.
What are the Advantages of Stem Cell Therapy?
Stem cells produce growth factors and anti-inflammatory proteins. When injected directly into the problem area, these agents:
- Promote rapid self-healing in damaged connective, cartilaginous, and bony tissue
- Avoid an undesirable immune response
- Ease pain and improve function
- Delay surgery, or avoid it altogether
Unlike pain medication or steroid injections, stem cell therapies don’t just slap a bandage over an existing issue. Stem cells help your body to heal itself, to resolve the underlying cause of your pain.
What Conditions Can Stem Cell Therapy Treat?
Stem cell therapy can be used as an add-on to more traditional therapies and surgeries, or it can be used on its own to treat acute or lingering pain.
Our patients have seen remarkable improvement with stem cell therapy for knees, shoulders, hips, back pain and many chronic conditions.
- Arthritic conditions (knee, hip, etc.)
- Back and spinal cord injuries
- Chronic back pain
- Facet joint disease
- Musculoskeletal injuries
- Nerve pain
- Herniated Disc
- Degenerative disc disease
- Knee injuries
- Shoulder injuries
Where do the Stem Cells Come From?
Stem cells can be sourced directly from the patients’ own tissue. There is no need to use embryonic or donor stem cells. Stem cells can be harvested from either your bone marrow, or your adipose (fat) tissue.
Adipose. Adipose tissue is the loose, connective tissue made up of cells that store fat. When used in regenerative therapy, concentrated adipose tissue forms a stem cell-rich scaffold, which the body can use as a support structure for new tissue.
Adipose aspiration is a little quicker, easier, and less painful for the patient, and the procedure actually yields many more stem cells than bone marrow aspiration.
Bone Marrow. Bone marrow is the soft, spongey tissue found inside your bones, and it is an essential component of your body’s natural healing and self-regeneration abilities.
Blood, made up of red and white blood cells, is manufactured in the bone marrow, and because of this, bone marrow is practically bursting with raw, undifferentiated stem cells.
Bone marrow is difficult and time-consuming to acquire, but it’s remarkably effective for healing bone-related damage. This is why we usually recommend bone marrow as a first line of treatment for osteoarthritis and tendon injuries.
Contact Nuvo Spine for a Stem Cell Consultation
If you have questions about stem cell-based therapy, get in touch with us. Our care team specializes in advanced, non-surgical musculoskeletal pain management. With over ten years of pain-management experience, our board-certified physician will provide you with comprehensive, compassionate care.