New back pain treatment option

New Back Pain Treatment Option

Scott Brandt, M.D. Stem Cell Therapy, Stem Cells for Back Pain, Stem Cells for Low Back

As an interventional pain specialist, I have spent the past 20 years treating spine pain and have always been searching for ways to provide longer-term pain relief for my patients with the most minimally invasive techniques available. ThriveMD, Colorado’s premier regenerative medicine clinic, is one of a few locations in the country offering patients this exciting new back pain treatment option. Adult stem cell back injections are worth exploring as a treatment option for back pain sufferers.

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Adult Stem Cell Therapy as a Viable Back Pain Treatment Option

Studies have shown improvements in both disc height and hydration
Today, people suffering from arthritis, bursitis and tendonitis conditions are already turning to stem cell treatments as a low risk option to significantly reduce their joint, tendon and ligament pain. I am thrilled to say that numerous studies have also demonstrated the profound improvement in degenerative disc pain in lumbar back – similar and in some cases better than the results reported in joint and soft tissue diseases. Results of the study examining stem cells as a back pain treatment option have shown improvements in both disc height and hydration, which in turn has the potential to restore function and minimize back pain.

Results of the Back Pain Treatment Study

Decreased use of narcotic pain medication, greater x-ray demonstrated disc stability, fewer additional surgical and non-surgical treatment interventions.
In January of 2014, Mesoblast Limited reported results from a twelve month, 100 patient trial. The patients were treated by an injection of stem cells into the discs of patients with moderate to severe chronic low back pain caused by degenerative discs. The results showed that a single injection of stem cells into the degenerative discs reduced low back pain and improved function in these patients for at least a year. When they compared the patients to a control group receiving either saline or hyaluronic acid injections, the stem cell treated group demonstrated decreased use of narcotic pain medication, greater x-ray demonstrated disc stability, and underwent fewer additional surgical and non-surgical treatment interventions.

Is Fat or Bone Marrow the Best Source of Stem Cells for Back Pain?

The most profound and consistent results were seen in the group of patients that received a combination of both bone marrow concentrate and fat derived stem cells together
Since this initial study published in 2014, there have been several new research studies looking at the use of bone marrow aspirate and fat derived stem cells for the treatment of lumbar disc disease. Three of these studies were presented this summer at The Orthobiologic Institute meeting in Las Vegas. Results varied depending on the type of cellular products that were used in each study. The patient group that received injections of only bone marrow concentrate showed consistent results but reported only moderate improvement. The patient group that received injections from fat-derived stem cells reported significant relief but had more non-responders. The most profound and consistent results were seen in the group of patients that received a combination of both bone marrow concentrate and fat derived stem cells together. These results are consistent with findings that we are seeing at ThriveMD, where the pain relief procedure is performed with the combination of both bone marrow concentrate and fat-derived cells.

Stem Cells Are Changing Medicine and Back Pain Treatment Options

These studies are compelling and I am excited to continue advancing the techniques that are showing great promise for new back pain treatment options. As stem cell therapies have become a clinical reality, minimally invasive spinal stem cell procedures are beginning to replace some of the invasive spinal surgeries being performed today. Patient benefits include: shorter recovery time, avoiding many of the surgical complications, and potentially greatly reduced back pain and improved mobility.

*Individual patient results may vary. Contact us today to find out if stem cell therapy may be able to help you.

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John Beeman
John Beeman
23:05 08 Jan 17
I just wanted to give an update regarding the stem cell procedure performed by Dr. Brandt at Thrive about 3 years ago. My range of motion continues to improve--remarkable at 64.I skied 150k in 5 days last week and never iced my knee once. I can't remember skiing that many feet w/out having to ice in the last 20 years. The knee treated has been without an acl since I was 18 and is pretty severely arthritic,but I am getting better performance now than I have in recent memory. Thank you, Dr. Brandt!!
Lisa Harris
Lisa Harris
15:59 02 Jan 17
After struggling with an Achilles injury for 1 1/2 years and trying everything to heal it - steroid, physical therapy, wearing a boot, no activity, stretching, etc - I decided to have stem cell therapy at It was a short procedure and an afternoon of post op recovery, which after 6-8 weeks, resulted in a full recovery from my injury. This seemed to finally stimulate blood flow and healing to an injury I had resigned myself to having forever. I highly recommend this procedure for tendon injuries like this one.
Zvezdomir Zamfirov
Zvezdomir Zamfirov
03:55 14 Nov 16
I am a pain management physician myself. I am 52, and physically very active. I still play soccer competitively. Six months ago I suffered a hip injury with a labrum tear. Due to the pre-existing wear and tear, the only conventional treatment, which was offered to me was total hip replacement. I wanted to remain physically active and continue to play sports, so I decided that this is not the best option for me. I choose instead to try stem-cell therapy. Ten days ago I had my procedure done by Dr. Brandt, and since then I have nothing but positive things to say about him and his practice. Everyone in his office was extremely welcoming and put me at ease and comfort about my procedure. The procedure went very smooth. And I did not have ANY post procedure pain or discomfort. I had no need for any pain medication. I was back to work seeing patients on the 2nd day after the procedure. My hip already feels noticeably better. I have the second procedure scheduled in four weeks, and I am confident that in another 3-4 weeks I'll be back playing soccer again. Thank you, Dr. Brandt and team for taking such excellent care of me.
John Reilly
John Reilly
13:44 04 Nov 16
I saw Dr Brandt on 8/8/16 for a lower back stem cell injection. From the injection, I got a serious infection in my lower spine. As a result, I spent 2 days in the Vail hospital and have been on daily IV antibiotics for the past 8 weeks. A few weeks after the injection, I started feeling increased pain which was a different pain than before my injection. It was much sharper and a shooting pain. I communicated this information to Dr Brandt and his staff. There only response and treatment was stronger pain meds. oral and injected steroids (the worst thing to do when an infection is present). The pain became so intense and debilitating, I finally made an appointment with an orthopedic surgeon. Their team quickly discovered from listening to my symptoms and reviewing a new MRI that I had an infection. I also discovered from a search on DORA that over the past 13 years Dr Brandt's has a history of incidents with the DORA which regulates medical professionals. Over this time, his license was suspended for a period of time and is he currently practicing on probation through 2019. At one point, the AG said he was unfit to practice medicine.
Laurel Wilkerson
Laurel Wilkerson
21:22 08 Aug 16
Great job by the Thrive MD team in Edwards. With a torn achilles tendon, I was really opposed to surgery. When I discovered Dr. Brandt and team, I was thrilled. They are most professional and explained every step of the process and procedure for treatment options. I am on the road to recovery, and I am so thankful to have discovered Thrive. Before you let an orthopedic doc operate, take the time to explore and discuss stem cell therapy. Thrive MD made the process easy and convenient. Thanks! One year later update - ankle is doing great. Skied 52 days in 2015-16. Hiking, biking and all are no problem. Great team of caring people who know their business.
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