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Regenerative Medicine

Pain Relief without Surgery


Stem Cell Therapy

This modern outpatient procedure utilizes the body’s natural healing process to rebuild damaged tissue, heal injuries more effectively, and eliminate pain. Stem cell therapy targets the underlying source of pain without relying on medication and surgery, leading to increased function and mobility with a shorter recovery time than surgical options. Stem cells can differentiate into bone, cartilage, or fat cells to stimulate healing in the body. Our regenerative medicine specialists have pioneered this safe and effective solution for a variety of orthopaedic conditions. Notably, Virginia Spine Institute is the only practice in Virginia to use your own, live stem cells derived from bone marrow to heal discs in the spine.

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Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) Treatment

Platelet rich plasma, commonly referred to as “PRP’, is a non-operative, permanent solution for conditions such as spinal conditions, arthritis, and orthopaedic ligament/tendon sprains and tears. Utilizing the body’s natural healing process, PRP therapy is a concentration of the patient’s own platelets that is injected into the damaged ligaments, tendons, and joints to promote tissue repair and accelerate healing. PRP contains growth and healing factors which means an injured individual can get back to a pain-free life in a fraction of the time that it would usually take.

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Microfragmented Adipose Injections

Microfragmented Adipose injections are the next generation of regenerative medicine for individuals suffering from spinal conditions, joint pain, arthritis, or rotator cuff tears, just to name a few. Traditionally, patients may undergo surgery for these conditions but Microfragmented Adipose injections offer a simple, minimally invasive alternative with a faster recovery time. Virginia Spine Institute is the only facility in the Washington Metropolitan region utilizing the healing properties of the body’s fatty tissue using Lipogems.

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Prolotherapy, short for proliferation therapy, is a type of procedure designed to promote natural healing of a damaged ligament or tendon. Ligaments, tendons, and muscles work together to make our bodies move naturally – when any of those become unstable, chronic joint or spine pain can be the result. Prolotherapy can be used to treat a specific joint or an entire region of the body.  The goal is to strengthen weakened connective tissue and improve musculoskeletal pain.

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Meet Our Physicians

Dr. Niteesh Bharara

Orthopedic Specialist - Non-Surgical Sports Medicine
Director of Regenerative Medicine

Dr. Thomas Nguyen

Interventional Pain Management Specialist

Dr. Thomas Schuler

Spine Surgeon
Chief Executive Officer

Dr. Christopher Good

Spine Surgeon
President of Virginia Spine Institute

Dr. Colin Haines

Spine Surgeon
Director of Research

Dr. Ehsan Jazini

Spine Surgeon

Benefits of Regenerative Medicine

  • Shorter recovery time compared to surgery
  • No anesthesia required
  • Natural healing procedure
  • Increased functionality and range of motion
  • Effective solution to avoid or delay surgery
  • Improved pain-relief and decreased inflammation
  • Outpatient procedure in the comfort of our state-of-the-art facility

Hear From Our Patients

“After stem cells I was completely pain free for the first time in 15 years.”

– Edwin W.

“I went from not being able to do virtually anything to enjoying life once again!”

– Sara M.

“I am truly grateful for the treatment I received and am happy to recommend Virginia Spine Institute!”

– Mary Ellen G.

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