Stem Cell Therapy in Miami, FL
Advanced Neuro and Spine Institute is one of South Florida’s leading pain management treatment centers, designed to help patients effectively manage painful neurologic and spine-related conditions using stem cell therapy. The neurologists, orthopedists and pain management specialists at our Aventura, Kendall, Hialeah, and Fort Lauderdale offices deliver expert, personalized care in a welcoming environment.
Stem cell therapy is a cutting-edge, minimally invasive treatment in a developing field referred to as regenerative medicine. From musculoskeletal disorders to systemic diseases and illnesses related to diseases such as MS or COPD, adult stem cell therapies work in tandem with the body’s natural ability to repair itself.
- Do you have a nagging sports injury?
- Do you experience pain due to arthritis?
- Have you been told by other physicians that you have a joint that is ‘bone on bone’ and are a candidate for joint replacement surgery?
- Are you experiencing back pain and looking to avoid spinal fusion surgery?
For those who answer with a yes to any of the questions listed above, keep reading to find out if stem cell therapy can be beneficial to you in helping you regain a more active lifestyle.
What Are Stem Cells?
Stem cells are the body’s repair system, much like a construction remodeling service. The key role of our stem cells is to maintain and trigger healing for damaged tissue and then to replenish failing or impaired cells.
What is Stem Cell Therapy?
Stem cell therapy (aka- cell therapy or stem cell treatment) aids the body in naturally repairing itself. The cells offset swelling and speed up the healing process. Stem cells have the ability to renew injured, damaged cartilage tissues, bones, tendons, vertebral annular disc cartilage, and ligaments and muscles. Stem cell treatments can also play a significant role in treating autoimmune diseases.
Stem cell therapy process starts by collecting the natural stem cells of the patient, which is found in the adipose (fat) tissue, as well as in the bone marrow. The cells are then segmented into a small volume that is injectable. The next step is to reinject the harvested cells into the targeted area of concern. Once injected, the stem cells begin to stimulate the patient’s body to repair and replace broken down tissue that has previously been traumatized due to injuries, excessive use, or systemic diseases.
Where Do Adult Stem Cells Come From?
Matured or “adult” stem cells are autologous (meaning they are obtained from the same individual). These are indistinguishable cells positioned among differentiated cells inside of the body. They are located in the highest concentration in the adipose (fat) tissue. They are also found to be located in the bone marrow, however at a much smaller concentration. In addition to the stem cells used in the harvesting process, they are also located in our blood, muscles, skin, and organs.
Adult Stem Cells and How They Treat Orthopedic Conditions
Stem Cells for Joints and Soft Tissue
Injuries to joints and soft tissues can often be repaired using stem cell therapy. Stem cells are often able to improve a patient’s function, as well as aid in the reduction of pain in patients suffering from chronic osteoarthritis. Stem cell therapy can also be used in the treatment of acute injuries; incomplete ligament and tendon tears. It’s possible that stem cells can provide improvement by reducing post-surgical recovery times. This therapy is quickly becoming a common alternative for surgeons who usually turn to other more conventional procedures such as joint replacement surgery.
Stem cell therapy is commonly used at the Advanced Neuro and Spine Institute in Aventura, Fort Lauderdale, Kendall, Miami Lakes and the Dominican Republic; treating severe cases of shoulder, knee, and hip pain. Patients with golfer’s or tennis elbow may also be candidates for stem cell therapy to improve function and dramatically reduce pain.
Stem Cells for Back Pain
Stem cell therapy may be used to decrease inflammation, reduce pain, improve hydration as well as increase disc height in patients suffering from low back pain due to disc disease. In some cases, stem cell therapy may be an acceptable alternative to spinal fusion procedures, as well as, a treatment option for people suffering with DDD– Degenerative Disc Disease.
Mid back pain, commonly a result of whiplash, may also result in injury to the facet joints. Similar to various other joint injuries, facet joints can usually be treated with stem cells.
Autoimmune Disorders Treated by Adult Stem Cells
- Stem Cells for Multiple Sclerosis (MS) – Multiple sclerosis is an autoimmune disease that is often treated using medication that halts or slows the body’s immune system. Stem cells may have the capability of slowing down or stopping the progression of this disease and the symptoms that accompany it.
- Stem Cells for COPD – Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a group of progressive systemic pulmonary diseases, including emphysema and chronic bronchitis. In serious stages, intrusive treatments such as lung transplants are used. Stem cell therapy continues to show positive results in the treatment of these types of diseases. The objective is to slow, stop and then improve symptoms.
There are numerous other autoimmune diseases being treated with stem cell therapy, including Crohn’s disease as well as Diabetes Type II.
Advantages of Stem Cell Therapy
- No rejection rate – autologous stem cells are harvested from and then reintroduced into your body.
- No transmission of communicable diseases
- Minimally invasive – in contrast to conventional treatments such as joint replacement, stem cell therapy is an outpatient procedure and can be administered in an estimated three hours. Patients usually will not require any post-operative pain medicine.
- No general anesthesia – because the therapy is minimally invasive, only a mild oral medicine is necessary.
- Fast rehabilitation – most stem cell therapy patients may go back to work in one to two days and typically do not need braces or crutches.
What to Expect During a Stem Cell Procedure
A patient’s individual procedure will be determined by the doctor at the time of their consultation at the facility. Below is a short guideline of what you might expect at your appointment:
- Harvest and separation of stem cells
- Injection of stem cells
- Regenerative process – starts within the first three months, continues on for as much as 12 months.
- Follow-up – four weeks after the first injection, patients then return to the Advanced Neuro and Spine Institute for a PRP and/or bone marrow injection. This booster offers additional growth factors, as well as the potential for cells to assist the continuing healing process.
Stem cell therapy is a minimally invasive procedure that may be carried out at our office as an out-patient procedure.
Contact Us Today
Advanced Neuro and Spine Institute doctors are experts in treating your pain conditions using the latest pain management techniques and procedures available. Our patients benefit from a faster recovery period and lower risk of complications caused by painful conditions. We have offices conveniently located in Aventura, Kendall, Hialeah, and Fort Lauderdale. Please call 786-401-4599 today to schedule your initial consultation!