Stem Cell Therapy for Back Pain

Effective, quick and safe treatment, without surgery or painkillers

According to a fact sheet from the National Library of Medicine, back pain causes more disability and missed work than any other infirmity. Even worse, about eight out of ten people will experience significant pain from back problems in their lives. Many people recover; however, millions also suffer from chronic pain and loss of motion that limits physical activity.

Common sources of back and neck pain include injuries and diseases of the spine. Typical therapies for spine issues have included invasive surgery or injections. Sadly, these treatments don't always work and may involve long recovery periods, substantial risks, and unwanted side effects. As a less risky and less invasive alternative, consider PRP or stem cell treatment for spine problems.


What Is Stem Cell Therapy & How Can it Help Treat Back Conditions?

Philadelphia PRP and Stem Cell Institute offers two types of regenerative medicine procedures to treat back pain:

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Platelet-rich Plasma (PRP)

Platelets from your own blood are concentrated and re-injected, supplying the damaged area with vital growth factors that promote cellular repair.

 
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Stem Cell Therapy (BMC)

Adult mesenchymal stem cells harvested from your hip are re-injected into the problem area where they heal by encouraging new tissue growth and controlling inflammation.


What Spine Conditions Can Stem Cell Therapy Be Used For?

Stem cell therapy or PRP could be effective treatments for a number of spinal conditions, including:

  • Degenerative disc disease, herniated disc, disk protrusion, and bulging disc

  • Degenerative joint or spine disease

  • Failed back surgery syndrome

  • Pinched spinal nerve

  • Osteoarthritis


How Do the Procedures Work?

Our regenerative medicine therapies vary slightly in the materials they use and from where they’re derived, but from the patient’s perspective they are quite similar:

Stem Cell Therapy:

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Extraction
As you lie facedown on a table, the doctor extracts bone marrow aspirate from your hip with a special needle. You may experience mild discomfort but the majority of patients tolerate this easily.

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Concentration
To concentrate the adult stem cells and platelets in the marrow fluid into BMC, the aspirate is spun in a centrifuge for up to 15 minutes.

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Injection
The doctor re-injects the stem cell-rich, concentrated BMC into the area of pain.

 

PRP

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Extraction
The doctor draws a blood sample from your arm, just like in a routine blood test.

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Concentration
The blood we’ve drawn is spun in a centrifuge to separate the growth factor-containing platelets from the other components in the plasma. The PRP is then removed.

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Injection
With the PRP material prepared, it is injected into the damaged tissue, disc, joint, or tendon, using x-ray or ultrasound guidance, if necessary.

A platelet-rich plasma treatment will seem much like simply giving blood from your arm, except in this case the now-enhanced blood is re-injected at the end.


Stem Cell Therapy vs Traditional Spine Treatment

See how our regenerative medicine procedures compare to traditional treatments used to treat spinal conditions - surgery and pain management injections.

Regenerative Medicine vs Surgery vs Pain Injections - A Comparison

  Stem Cell Therapy (BMC) PRP Traditional Surgery Pain Injections
Hospital stay Not required* Not required* Inpatient Not required
Anaesthesia Local Local General Local
Procedure Minimally invasive Minimally invasive Invasive Minimally invasive
Risk of infection Minimal Minimal Yes Minimal
Greater threat to at-risk patients (elderly, diabetic, overweight) No No Yes No
Loss of bone or tissue No No Yes No
Scarring No No Yes No
Risk of new biomechanical problems post-treatment No No Yes No
Painkillers required post-treatment No No Sometimes No
Time to return to daily activities 1-2 days 1-2 days 2-3+ months 1-2 days
Full recovery period 4-12 weeks 4-12 weeks A few weeks to several months 2-10 days
Addresses Underlying Biological Dysfunction Partially Partially No No

*Most BMC and PRP procedures occur in a physician's office, but some patients may elect to have them done on an outpatient basis in a surgery center if they prefer non-local anesthesia.


Safe Procedures with Minimal Risks

Both adult stem cell and PRP are autologous therapies. Autologous means that these two treatments only rely upon cells obtained from the very same person who will be using them. With PRP and stem cell therapy, there is no need to rely upon donors, synthetics, or artificial products. Both procedures are also minimally invasive and compliant with FDA guidelines.

As with all injections, there is a small risk of infection or bleeding. Other than that, stem cell and PRP therapy carry the same risks of allergic reactions and rejections as other simple injection procedures. The procedures only take a few hours and leave patients able to quickly return to their normal lives.


Are You a Good Candidate for Spinal Stem Cell Therapy?

If surgery, pain management, and physical therapy are not good options or have failed to treat your disabling or chronic back pain, you may benefit from this non-surgical, regenerative, and more natural treatment. Some examples of good candidates for stem cell therapy include people who suffer from facet injuries or painful discs because of trauma or overuse and people with diseases like degenerative arthritis.

To find out if stem cell or PRP therapy can help relieve your back pain, contact us today.