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.
There are many benefits of stem cell therapy, including but not limited to:
The human body has multiple sites for stem cells to repair degenerated and injured structures. We have found the hip bone (iliac bone) to be very rich in stem cells and can harvested easily and within minutes. After the stem cells are obtained, minutes later they can be used for treatment in our outpatient state-of-the-art-facility.
Regenerative stem cell injections are performed using image guidance (i.e. ultrasound or fluoroscopy) to ensure accurate placement of the stem cells. Once the affected area is sterilized and numbed with a novocaine-type solution, stem cells are then injected into the damaged area to try and stimulate a healing response; regenerating and strengthening weakened tissue.
Stem cell injections are most commonly used for treatment of the following conditions:
The stem cell procedures performed at Virginia Spine Institute are FDA exempt. The FDA does not regulate the stem cell procedures performed here because we use the patient’s own bone marrow and blood, as opposed to using somebody else’s tissue or bone marrow.
Stem cell injections are designed to heal and strengthen damaged tissue. Because of this, pain relief is seen approximately two to three months after the entire treatment protocol has been completed, and will continue to improve till approximately 1 year.
If you are experiencing unresolved pain and need a long-term solution without surgery, look no further than stem cell therapy. This modern treatment solution 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 or surgery, and leads to increased function and mobility with a shorter recovery time than surgical options.
Dr. Niteesh Bharara
Orthopedic Specialist - Non-Surgical Sports Medicine
Director of Regenerative Medicine
“After stem cells I was completely pain free for the first time in 15 years.”"
“In many ways this has given me back my life so I can get back to doing the things I love to do. Pain draws so much away from your consciousness and life…it’s wonderful to not have that.”"
Reviewed by: Dr. Christopher Good, MD, FACS.