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Stem Cell Therapy for Degenerative Disc Disease

Treatment of degenerative disc disease using stem cell therapy

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Let’s take a look at stem cell therapy for degenerative disc disease. Stem cells are used in regenerative medicine to treat diseases. Stem cell therapy is a promising treatment for degenerative disc disease.

There are two types of stem cells, embryonic and adult. Embryonic stem cells can be harvested from a person’s embryo or from donated embryos from fertility clinics. However, they are controversial because the harvesting process destroys the embryo.

Adult stem cells are usually harvested in a less invasive process by taking bone marrow or adipose (fat) tissue (bone marrowderived). You can also collect your own blood, isolate the platelets, and use them as an adult stem cell supply. These are the stems cells we use in the office. They are harvested from your own body in a quick and easy procedure done right in the office. There will be more on that later.

Adult stem cells can be used to treat many conditions including chronic low back pain, discogenic pain, to name a few.

What is Degenerative Disc Disease?

Degenerative Disc Disease is a condition that damages the intervertebral discs and their surrounding tissues. This results in reduced disc height. This can cause bulging discs, bone spurs, putting pressure on the nerve roots, leading to chronic pain .The damage can cause pain to the individual as well as a limited range of motion in the affected area.

It does not typically go away on its own, but there are treatments such as surgery or physical therapy that may help alleviate some of the discomfort.

There are many different reasons why someone might experience pain due to Degenerative Disc Disease, one of which is an injury to the spine. A spinal injury can occur when there has been an accident, such as a car wreck, for example, or when a person has been playing sports for too long without taking care of their posture; the discs can start to wear wrong in our backs. This will cause the discs to wear out over time.

Causes of Degenerative Disc Disease and Symptoms

Degenerative Disc Disease (DDD) is a progressive and often debilitating spine condition that causes age-related changes to the spinal discs. Some common symptoms are back pain, sciatica, tingling or numbness in the arms, and difficulty walking.

The causes of DDD are not entirely known. However, what we do know is that there are certain factors that can increase your risk of developing this disease. Factors such as a sedentary lifestyle and poor posture can lead to this condition because they cause stress on the spine. In addition to these factors, there are also genetic components that contribute to DDD.

DDD can be just about anywhere along the spine, such as degenerative lumbar disc, degenerative disc neck, and degenerative cervical disc.

Degenerative disc disease is when the discs between your vertebrae are compressed and thin. The discs are like jelly in a sandwich, with cartilage in the middle and on the outside. When these discs break down, it can cause back pain, spinal stenosis (narrowing of the spinal canal), foraminal stenosis (narrowing of the space between two vertebrae), and more. This can be rather painful, as one might expect.

Who is a candidate for stem cell therapy & degenerative disc disease? 

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Anyone who is not able to repair their damaged tissues through exercise or medication is a candidate for stem cell therapy for degenerative disc disease.

Stem cells can be used in cases of degenerative diseases and shoulder injuries. They are also being used as a treatment for arthritic conditions whether it be of the knees, neck or back.

You don’t have to live with back and neck pain any longer. There are many options to help make the pain tolerable.

Stem cell therapy is a relatively new treatment that does not have a lot of research evidence to back up its effectiveness.  Scientists believe that they might be able to slow down or reverse the degeneration of discs in the spine.

Stem cells can be harvested from your own fat and bone marrow.

If you are suffering from degenerative disc disease, stem cell therapy may be a viable treatment option. This therapy is most commonly used to treat the back and neck.

It has been proven effective in reducing pain caused by the condition and increasing mobility in patients who undergo regular treatment.

Stem cell therapy is the latest and most up-to-date treatment for degenerative disc disorders. It’s not a cure, but it can help reduce the effects of this condition. This stem cell therapy involves replacing lost or damaged cells with healthy ones.

How is stem cell therapy administered?

Stem cells are the fundamental building blocks of the body and can be found in every tissue and organ. In stem cell therapy, these cells are extracted from a patient’s bone marrow, blood, or other sources and then injected into an injured area of the body. In this case, the discs are found along the spinal column.

Stem cell therapy is effective for helping heal cartilage, ligament, tendon, muscle, and bone tissue. Used in various ways to heal the body, it at times is called the super shot.

There is also platelet rich plasma (PRP) as another option that works rather well in some patients. These injections help the patient’s own healing mechanisms along, similar to stem cells.

The difference between PRP and stem cells is that PRP helps the body along in healing on its own. At the same time, stem cells regenerate lost tissue. This is why stem cell therapy for degenerative disc disease patients seems to find relief with this treatment. Many times the disc has been lost over time through pour posture. This will cause lower back pain, neck pain, hip pain and lumbar pain.

NeoGenix is proud to offer stem cell therapy for those suffering from DDD. If you have back pain and have tried everything, you might want to consider setting up an appointment with NeoGneix to see if this is a solution for you.

In order to get the most out of stem cell therapy, you’d have to go through a series of treatments. You would first have to undergo the necessary injections, which are done during an outpatient procedure. After that, you would need to go through physical therapy and be under a doctor’s care for around a year.

Is it painful to harvest the mesenchymal stems cells for help with Degenerative Disc Disease?

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A few days after the procedure, patients are able to resume their normal activities without any restrictions. The harvested cells are then processed and stored for future treatments.

It is not painful to harvest the stem cells for help with Degenerative Disc Disease. In a few days after the procedure, patients are able to resume their normal activities without any restrictions. The harvested cells are then processed and stored for future treatments.

Bone marrow can be obtained through a procedure done right in the office. Most people say the procedure is tolerable but will feel a little pressure. You will have a small incision that will need to heal afterward, but that is it. Because we only use the latest technology, we don’t have to obtain large amounts. This is due to not having to centrifuge the marrow.

However, if we are harvesting from fat, we will need to take larger amounts as it will need to centrifuge. We will do a small liposuction in our office in which we will suck out the fat. Then it will be spun down, where we will harvest the stem cells.

This procedure will take about 20 mins and is minimally invasive. The patient will leave with a small incision, and most say this procedure isn’t bad either.

Stem cell therapy for degenerative disc disease is beneficial for many patients. If you aren’t sure about it or have questions, reach out and ask. There are lots of resources that can be found on this website as well.

Yes, Stem Cell Therapy for DDD is Safe.

The stem cell therapy for DDD is safe. There are many studies that have shown that the therapy is safe.

These stem cells have not had any adverse effects on the patients who underwent the treatment. As long as ethical and regulatory standards are met, this treatment seems to be very safe and effective.

In recent years, there has been a significant increase in the number of people suffering from cases of DDD. More specifically, the condition has been found to affect over 10 million adults in the United States. Due to this, stem cells have become an attractive treatment option for those with DDD.

Stem cell therapy for DDD is safe and will not cause any adverse effects on those who are undergoing treatment.

Does the number of stem cells found in adipose (FAT) Tissue or Bone Marrow decrease with age?

The number of stem cells found in adipose tissue or bone marrow decreases with age. However, this doesn’t affect doing a stem cell procedure.

Adipose tissue is the layer of fat that surrounds the bones and helps to insulate our bodies. The ratio of stem cells in this tissue decreases with age.

Bone marrow is the spongy material found inside some bones, this has a higher number of stem cells than adipose tissue, but as we age, there are fewer and fewer stem cells present.

While there is a decrease in the number of stem cells found in our bodies as we age, there is still enough for us to harvest and use for stem cell treatments without causing any harm.

How long before a patient can expect results from stem cell therapy for degenerative disc disease? 

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Usually, in 3-4 weeks, patients will start to feel a noticeable difference in pain levels. The good news, however, is that it continues for 6-8 months after the injection.

Each month you will see more improvements. Of course, you should be seen to ensure that your stem cells injections are working as they should.

You should also see a physical therapist and Chiropractor to keep your discs healthy, and posture maintained as needed.

Will stem cell therapy for degenerative disc disease help with my pain?

Every patient is different, and the reasons for your degenerative disc disease are different as well. If you have degenerative disc disease, you should make an appointment and speak with a doctor to find out if treatments are right for you.

Not everyone can benefit from stem cell injections. However, many do.

Will stem cell therapy for degenerative disc disease be covered by insurance?

The answer is most likely no.

There are a lot of misconceptions about stem cell therapy for degenerative disc disease, especially that it will be covered by insurance. In reality, it is not that simple.

The FDA has not approved the use of stem cells as a form of treatment for this type of condition. What this means is that insurance companies will not cover these treatments until they are proven to be effective.

While we have seen loads of results that show us how helpful they are, some treatments seem to take a bit of time for FDA approval. Because of this, your insurance will most likely not cover the costs of treatment.

No, you do not have to have my stem cells counted after they are harvested.

There is no need to have your stem cells counted after they are harvested. Stem cell counts are something that some clinics make a big deal over. However, they do not actually have to be counted to be effective. This is something that the other clinics tell you to justify why they are charging $1000s more.

Counting actually can be bad for you. This means that the cells are handled more which could lead to a bacteria infection. They could also be old since counting takes so long. The more handled, the chances of damage as well. Because of all of this, we do not recommend counting.

The bottom line, it is not necessary to have your stem cells counted after they are harvested. Don’t let them tell you otherwise.

Call the leader in regenerative medicine in Charlotte NC, NeoGenix at  (704) 669-8670 today.

Dr. James Altizer
Dr. James Altizer has been performing stem cell therapy treatments in North Carolina since January of 2016. Dr. Altizer received expert training from recognized leaders in the regenerative medicine field, including training on bone marrow aspiration with Duke University-affiliated physicians. He has performed thousands of stem cell and growth factor procedures, more than any other medical doctor in the Carolinas.