South Bay Pain Doctors offers stem cell injections for back, knee, hip, or other pain. Through our unique and integrated approach our patients trust us to get them back to feeling and functioning their best as quickly and safely as possible. We understand that every patient is different and has unique needs, which is why we urge you to visit us for a consultation so that we can recommend the best course of stem cell treatment.
What Are Stem Cells?
Stem Cells are types of cells that can regenerate tissue in the body and reduce the effects of arthritis and musculoskeletal issues. There are two things that make stem cells unique: Firstly, they can self-regenerate, which means they can divide and create more stem cells of the same kind. Secondly, they can mature or differentiate into specialized cells that perform a specific function, such as skin, muscle or blood cells.
South Bay Pain Doctors offers stem cell injections for back, knee, hip, or other pain.
Stem cells can be divided into two types of cells: autologous and allogenic.
Autologous stem cells are obtained typically from bone marrow found in the pelvis through a small incision.
Allogenic stem cells are derived from donor tissue and don’t require harvesting from one’s own bone marrow or fat cells.
What do stem cell injections treat exactly?
Stem cell injections treat degenerative disc disease of the spine; degenerative joint disease of the hip or shoulder; arthritis; meniscus tears; rotator cuff injuries; Achilles tendon injuries; sacroiliac (SI) joint pain and more.
How does the stem cell treatment process work?
If autologous stem cells are used:
- Bone marrow is aspirated, or extracted, from a patient’s hip or other parts of the body.
- The bone marrow is centrifuged, separating the stem cells from other components in the marrow.
- The final product is injected directly in the affected disc or joint.
If allogenic stem cells are used:
- A donated allograft is placed directly in the affected disc or joint.
Image guidance is used for complete accuracy and precision. The entire procedure is completed in about an hour and can be performed in an office or ambulatory surgery setting.
Are there possible side effects of stem cell transplantation?
While no minor adverse side effects have been observed at our clinic, it is still possible that they can occur on the day of treatment. These marginal side effects can include a slight fever or rash.
Common short-term side effects of the autologous harvesting procedure include pain and bruising at the site (which can last up to two weeks) and slight bleeding or leakage (can last 24-48 hours).
While we have not observed any major side effects of stem cell therapy in the long-term, we are always reviewing new data and are committed to your overall health. This is why we will ask you to revisit us for a standard follow-up assessment.
How can South Bay Pain Doctors help me?
Stem cell therapy is a part of a larger treatment plan that can include an anti-inflammatory diet and physical therapy to ensure the body’s mechanics are correct and the pain will not return. At South Bay Pain Docs we focus on your individual requirements. We understand that every patient is different and has unique needs, which is why we urge you to visit us for a consultation so that we can recommend the best course of action to aid you in your pain management.