WHAT ARE STEM CELLS?
Stem cells are specialized cells that can naturally develop in to many different cell types throughout our body. The discs in between our vertebrae are constantly undergoing repair, most of which is primarily organized by stem cells.
Sadly, our discs do not have enough stem cells to combat the degenerative disc disease process when discs start to break down over time. The pain and inflammation from this process is the most common cause of back pain.
Although there are many different types of stem cells, the type that has been found to be best for treating orthopedic (neck and spine) injuries is mesenchymal stem cells (MSC). These mesenchymal stem cells can then turn into bone, cartilage, muscle, tendons, or ligaments.
Regenerative medicine procedures, such as those offered by Dr. Rudin, aim to introduce a patient’s stem cells back in to their discs in an effort to slow or improve this degenerative process.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
Stem cells can be found in tissue throughout your body; but bone marrow produces one of the strongest sources of stem cells in the form of MSC’s. Bone marrow can be collected from several bones within your body and is reasonably easy to access. Your bone marrow will be aspirated through a small needle puncture in your pelvic bone to collect the BMA. Bone Marrow Aspirate (BMA) is an element of your bone marrow that contains growth factors and anti-inflammatory proteins that have been shown to promote natural healing and reduce pain. The BMA will be collected into a sterile syringe and injected into the targeted area through fluoroscopic guidance.
THE BENEFITS OF STEM CELL (BMA) THERAPY
- Decreased inflammation resulting in pain-relief
- Improved functionality and range of motion
- Natural and effective alternative to major surgery
- Outpatient procedure with shorter recovery time
- A quicker healing process with no medication
SPINAL CONDITIONS THAT BENEFIT FROM STEM CELL INJECTIONS
- Degenerative Disc Disease
- Herniated Discs
- Spinal Facet Pain
- Sacroiliac (SI) Joint Pain
OBTAINING THE BEST RESULTS
FIND A PHYSICIAN THAT IS TRAINED IN SPINAL INJECTIONS & STEM CELL PROCEDURES
It’s imperative that your physician performing the procedure is well trained and qualified in spine care and stem cell therapy.
FLUOROSCOPIC GUIDANCE SHOULD BE USED TO PERFORM THE PROCEDURE
It is impossible to inject structures in the back like discs without the use of Fluoroscopy. Make sure Fluoroscopic or Ultrasonic guidance is used.
MAKE SURE YOU ARE RECIEVING YOUR OWN BONE MARROW STEM CELLS
Only bone marrow stem cells are allowed by the FDA as there are many studies presenting their effectiveness and safety. Trained and ethical physicians use only these cells. Studies have also shown that in addition to discs, facet joints and sacroiliac joints also cause back pain and in some cases may benefit from stem cell injections.