What are stem cells and stem cell therapy?
When you were first forming in your mother’s womb, stem cells were the first cells formed, which ended up becoming your heart cells, brain cells, hair, muscles, tendons, bones and every other cell in your body. After you are born, you still have stem cells that are left in your body that can be used as a sort of natural medicine to help your body regenerate in areas where it may be breaking down. There are multiple ways to obtain stem cells for therapeutic use. None of these are the controversial embryonic stem cells you may have heard about. Stem cells are stored in your fat and bone marrow. They are also left in the placenta after a baby is born. Regardless of which part of the body they come from, stem cell therapy uses them by placing them in a diseased or damaged area of the body where they become “programmed” into the type of cells your body needs to help heal and regenerate. If you have partially torn muscles or ligaments, arthritis, degenerated discs, bone spurs, herniated discs, torn cartilage or other musculoskeletal conditions, stem cell therapy may be a great option for you to heal without surgery and harmful drugs.
What if I have a bulging disc or herniated disc causing my sciatica?
Stem cell therapy can treat disc bulges, protrusions, annular tears and disc herniations. In cases where the herniation is very large or the disc is very damaged we offer the option of non-invasive, non-surgical spinal decompression and combine that procedure with either PRP or stem cells. The effect is often synergistic and in many cases very powerful. We can offer patients alternatives to spinal surgery or back surgery.
How long will it take me to recover?
The procedure itself takes about an hour in the office. After the procedure, tissue typically takes between one and three months to repair itself, but most patients will notice a change in their symptoms within one to two months. While the total number of injections required may vary depending on age and the type and severity of the condition, most patients require 2-4 sets of injections spaced apart.