What are Stem Cells?
Stem cells that are used for cell therapy are specialized cells that can naturally develop into many different cell types throughout our body. The discs in between our vertebrae are constantly undergoing repair, most of which are 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).
Regenerative medicine procedures, like those offered by Dr. Rudin, aim to introduce a patient’s own cells back into their discs in an effort to slow or improve this degenerative process.
Disclaimer: Bone marrow cell therapy is a promising approach for a number of orthopedic conditions, but it’s not for everyone. Patients with a history of lymphoma or leukemia, certain blood diseases, and multiple medical issues are often not candidates. During your initial consultation, our medical team will review your medical history and injuries with you to help you determine if you’re an ideal candidate.
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.