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The Future of Medicine, Here Today: Regenerative Treatments

While minimally invasive surgery allows the least disruption to the patient's tissues in an operative manner, we now have hopes of better ways to non-operatively treat spinal disease. Regenerative therapies for the spine are the future for spinal treatments. The spinal specialists at Virginia Spine Institute are proud to offer innovative techniques as new and improved ways to try to heal spinal problems without having to undergo surgery. People who suffer from back and neck pain share our common goal to minimize pain and improve daily functioning. To date, we have done this very effectively through quality physical therapy, spinal injections, medications, and when necessary, surgical intervention. In appropriate cases, regenerative therapy options hold wonderful healing potential and represent the future of modern medicine.

Regenerative therapy uses a patient's own tissues to initiate the healing process. Two regenerative treatments we currently have available that work best are from the patient's own natural stem cells (stem cell therapy) and from the patient's own natural growth factors and proteins (PRP – platelet-rich plasma). For stem cells, we obtain a patient’s own stem cells by aspirating tissue from the patient's hip bone or from their fat cells. These cells are centrifuged down to identify and separate specific primitive cells that will help heal tissues. For PRP, we use the patient’s own blood and centrifuge that down to obtain healing growth factors and the platelets. These are rich in protein to help stimulate healing. Once we have these products, we are able to re-introduce them into the patient’s injured tissues. Those injured tissues may be a disc or a ligament that needs regeneration. We have accomplished significant improvement in patient outcomes without surgical intervention.

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