Stem Cell Therapy for Back & Spine Pain
Board-Certified Orthopedic Spine Surgeon Dr. Greg Khounganian, MD is known for championing alternatives to spine surgery whenever possible. Dr. Khounganian exhausts all promising nonsurgical treatments for painful spine and joint conditions, before recommending surgery. Stem Cell Therapy is one of the most promising developments in the nonsurgical treatment of various spine conditions.
Dr. Khounganian offers Stem Cell therapy to patients who are good candidates for this outpatient procedure.
Here's what to know about Stem Cell therapy provided by Dr. Greg Khounganian to treat certain spine conditions.
What is Stem Cell Therapy?
Using your body's natural restorative processes to expedite healing, rebuild damaged tissue, decrease inflammation, and reduce pain is the goal of Stem Cell Therapy. Stem Cells can be harvested from your own body, or from donor tissue. Stem Cell therapy is therefore considered a largely natural alternative to spine or joint surgery.
Stem Cell therapy focuses on treating the underlying source of pain, without depending on medication or surgery. This is possible because Stem Cells can differentiate into bone, cartilage, or fat cells to promote healing.
By extracting Stem Cells from your own body, the cells can be quickly harvested and then injected into injured or damaged areas of the body including the spine.
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Injections for Back and Spine Pain
Along with your body's own Stem Cells, Dr. Khounganian may also inject Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) into the injured or damaged areas. PRP also uses your own body's incredible healing processes to repair damaged tissues. PRP requires a short blood draw. Your blood is then run through a centrifuge, to separate high concentrations of growth factors. That platelet rich plasma is then also injected into the damaged area and serves to activate the Stem Cells.
Benefits of Stem Cell Therapy for Spine Pain
Stem Cell therapy offers multiple benefits to patients suffering from a variety of spinal injuries.
Some of the benefits of Stem Cell Therapy include:
- Non-Surgical Treatment
- Outpatient Procedure
- Little to No Recovery Time
- Increased Range of Motion
- Decreased Inflammation/Swelling in Joints
- Pain Reduction
- Natural Alternative to Medication or Surgery
What Spine Conditions does Stem Cell Therapy Treat?
Stem Cell therapy is used for a wide array of spine conditions. Spinal conditions including disc degeneration and disc herniations may respond well to the healing powers of your body's own Stem Cells. Small fractures in the spine may also respond well to Stem Cell therapy. Pain from pinched nerves may also be reduced or alleviated with Stem Cell therapy.
A partial list of Spine Conditions that Stem Cell therapy may help treat includes:
- Cervical Disc Pain
- Chronic Neck and/or Back Pain
- Degenerative Disc Disease
- Discogenic Back Pain
- Herniated Disc
- Lumbar Disc Herniation
- Post-Laminectomy Syndrome
- Sacroiliac Joint Pain (SI Joint Dysfunction)
- Spinal Stenosis
Is Stem Cell Therapy Right for Me?
Determining if Stem Cell therapy is right for you will depend upon a number of factors. Dr. Khounganian will meet with you to discuss your unique injury, the severity of pain, the degree of inflammation, or the amount of damage. Dr. Khounganian may recommend Stem Cell therapy if he believes that it is likely to yield positive results.
It is also important to note that results from Stem Cell therapy are not guaranteed. Each individual will respond differently to Stem Cell therapy, with many experiencing great relief in a short period of time, but results will vary for all patients.
Schedule a Consultation
Dr. Khounganian prefers to avoid spine surgery wherever possible. Even minimally invasive spine surgery has some level of risk. However, that doesn't mean that everyone will be a candidate for Stem Cell therapy. During a consultation, Dr. Khounganian will discuss appropriate treatment options with you. Stem Cell and platelet rich plasma therapy may be a viable alternative to surgery.
Schedule a consultation today with Dr. Khounganian by calling 818-343-4430.