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Stem Cell Therapy

Utilizing the Human Body's Natural Healing Process

Providing Patients with the Most Effective Surgical Alternative

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.

Benefits of Stem Cell Therapy

There are many benefits of stem cell therapy, including but not limited to:

  • Improved pain-relief and decreased inflammation
  • Increased functionality and range of motion in affected area
  • Shorter recovery time compared to traditional treatment options
  • Natural, longer-term treatment solution
  • Effective alternative to surgical intervention
  • Outpatient procedure with no anesthesia

Stem Cell Therapy FAQ

How Is Stem Cell Therapy Performed?

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.

What Conditions Benefit From Stem Cell Therapy?

Stem cell injections are most commonly used for treatment of the following conditions:

  • Spinal conditions including degenerative disc disease, herniated discs, spinal facet pain, pinched nerves, and sacroiliac (SI) joint pain
  • Osteoarthritis of the joints including knee, hip, shoulder, and ankle joints
  • Partial rotator cuff tears
  • Persistent tendon tears such as tennis elbow, plantar fasciitis, quadriceps, and patellar tendon tears
  • Muscular tears
  • Cartilage tears in the knee (meniscus)
  • Non-healing bone fractures

When Will I See Benefits From The Stem Cell Procedure?

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.

How Can Stem Cell Therapy Help Me?

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.

Meet our Regenerative Medicine Team

Dr. Niteesh Bharara

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

Dr. Thomas Nguyen

Interventional Pain Management Specialist

Dr. Steven Papuchis

Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine
Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

Dr. Colin Haines

Spine Surgeon
Director of Research

Dr. Ehsan Jazini

Spine Surgeon

Dr. Christopher Good

Spine Surgeon
President of Virginia Spine Institute

Dr. Thomas Schuler

Spine Surgeon
Founder of Virginia Spine Institute
Chief Executive Officer

Hear From Our Patients

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

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– Edwin W.

“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.”

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– Mira L.

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