Stem cell therapy is exciting because it can eliminate the need for invasive reconstructive surgery and pain medications for people suffering from conditions such as degenerative disc disease, desiccated discs, spinal stenosis, facet arthrosis, sacroiliac joint syndrome, osteoarthritis of any joint, and sports or overuse injuries.
Essentially, we take stem cells from where they live in your body, inject them where the problem is and then let nature take its course, allowing the natural healing process to occur.
Our adult bodies contain millions of stem cells that can be extracted from our own bone marrow or fat through a quick and relatively painless procedure. The procedures we use involve only adult stem cells – not controversial embryonic stem cells. We use an remarkable procedure in which the stem cells are harvested and injected within 30-60 minutes of collection into the site of the injury.
The adult stem cells reproduce quickly and have the ability to restore and repair injured tissue and joint – a promising new and natural way to treat a range of degenerative disc diseases without undergoing invasive surgery and without depending on long term pain medications and non-steroidal medications.
Here’s a description of how our skilled physicians perform the one-hour procedure at NJ Pain Care Specialists:
- First, we make sure you’re comfortable and relaxed before cleaning and anesthetizing the target area
- Using ultrasound for complete accuracy and precision, a bit of bone marrow is extracted from your hip or other part of your body
- The bone marrow is placed in a centrifuge machine and spun rapidly, separating it from other components in the marrow
- The concentrated stem cells are injected directly in the affected joint or muscle, where they multiply, repair and rebuild the damaged tissue – an accelerated healing response that reduces pain, promotes increased joint function.
You will be able to go home the same day. Discomfort should be minimal, with some localized pain around the injection site, as with any shot
And you can expect full recovery within one week. However, many patients require three to four treatments before the injured tissues are completely healed.
A specially-designed exercise program will help your newly developed connective tissue mature into healthy and strong tendons or ligaments – so you can get back to enjoying an active, healthy lifestyle as quickly and happily as possible.
At the present time, Stem Cell Therapy is not covered by medical insurance.