Back & Neck Pain

Neck and Back Pain may be caused by a variety of injuries and degenerative conditions.  Injuries may cause inflammatory changes in the ligaments lining the spine or the muscles around the spine.  Ligament damage can also allow discs between the vertebrae to bulge and put pressure on the spinal cord.  Ligament swelling can also put pressure on the nerves as they exit the spinal column.  This irritation on the nerves can likewise cause inflammatory changes over the myelin sheath covering the nerves.  Any injuries to the many muscles and ligaments around the spinal column can also generate pain

With aging and increased wear and tear, not only can there be a variety of degenerative conditions that may occur.  The cartilage facets between vertebrae can deteriorate and become painful.  The disc material (the nucleus pulposus) can degenerate and desiccate with age or harsh activity too.  And of course, the muscles and ligaments can be damaged and less functional with aging too. At our center, we have developed a Back and Neck disease protocol that attempts to exploit the anti-inflammatory and healing effects of SVF (rich in mesenchymal stem cells and growth factors). Some of our initial protocols used an advanced method of target planning using MRI with gadolinium contrast to identify inflamed or degenerated areas along the cervical spine. Once these were located, SVF was deployed by laser-guided CAT scan to within 1mm of the targets seen on MRI. This is all done as an outpatient at the time of SVF harvesting and procurement. The entire procedure took approximately 4 hours. This unique targeting and deployment system was the only one like it in the world at the time for deploying SVF into the back.  Now, we often get MRI without gadolinium as we have found many people reporting negative reactions to the additional medication.  Also, while we still have access to CT guided injections, we have also found excellent data for injections done by fluoroscopy as well as injections simply made to a target spot by blind injection.  Unlike drugs that need precise placement, your own stem cells have the property of homing that allows them to mobilize to the area of injury attracted by the cytokines (cell signals) given off by the injury.  So if you inject the cells near the area or even via an intravenous infusion, they can still get to the scene of the injury to affect their therapeutic changes.

Why Personal Cell Therapy With Adipose-Derived Stem Cells?

Personal cell therapy with adipose-derived stem cells represents an ideal way of repairing injuries and medical conditions.  Our bodies are made of cells and every injury or medical condition represents some kind of cell damage.  If we can repair or replace our injured or ailing cells with functional cells, then we can restore normal function and/or reduce pain and dysfunction that results.  

Stem cells are uniquely capable of repairing or replacing damaged cells but their ability to do that really depends on two things – a) the state of the condition or injury and b) the presence of adequate numbers and functioning stem cells.  Since we can generally obtain a very high number of functioning cells from your own adipose tissue and even grow your own cells in a laboratory environment, we should be able to provide adequate numbers of cells.  The state of your injury is something that can’t always know – sometimes we can imply that your injury will be responsive to cell therapy based upon how it responded to other therapies (e.g. steroids), but without visualizing or having pathology samples we must infer or simply treat the condition to ascertain its ability to respond.  We know from a variety of studies that the sooner you treat a problem, the easier it is to predict a satisfactory result.  Also, some conditions require drug or surgical intervention to optimize their ability to be repaired.  If there is an infection, it needs to be treated before you can repair the damage.  If there’s a fracture it needs to be stabilized before you can help it repair.  If there’s scar tissue, then it may need to be removed before you can restore normal tissue function.  

Since beginning investigative treatments in 2010 we have acquired extensive clinical data and seen our treatment results recapitulated by hundreds of other physicians.  As such, we do not consider these interventions “experimental” but rather “investigative” as we accumulate more data to help us advance personal cell therapy as an important, if not essential arm of medical and surgical procedures.  It is important to understand that these are your own cells, and not subject to FDA oversight,  as they are isolated for your own personal use during the same-day surgical procedure.  We can do double-blind studies but our current data speaks for itself.   Tens of thousands of patients have tried numerous interventions prior to stem cell therapy –  without improvement,  so when they improve following delivery of their own SVF cells,  it’s highly unlikely that this is a placebo effect.  

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Do you have additional questions on how stem cells work and how they relate to your condition?  Contact us today to schedule a no-obligation complimentary consultation.  To get the process started, simply fill out our short stem cell candidate form. Once we receive the application, a stem cell coordinator will call you to schedule your virtual or in-person consultation. We look forward to educating you on the latest research for stem cell therapy.