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WTOP Features VSI’s Latest Breakthrough In Spine Surgery Alternatives With Stem Cell Therapy

Authored by WTOP News. March 30, 2017


If there’s one thing we know, it’s that back pain is no joke. Whether it’s a nagging discomfort or debilitating pain, explore the latest breakthrough in treatment to overcome your back pain. The good news is you don’t need to travel overseas — it is available right in your backyard!

You may be thinking ‘I’ve exhausted every treatment option and home remedy in the book…’, but before you throw in the towel, be sure to consider stem cell therapy. This therapy has gained popularity among professional athletes and weekend warriors looking to overcome their pain with a shorter recovery time. The science behind stem cell therapy is simple — to utilize your own tissues to naturally stimulate healing.


One of the most common causes of severe back pain is painful discs. This is because our discs act as shock absorbers between the bones of our spine, absorbing the body’s activities throughout the day. Over time, injuries to our discs can occur as they lose hydration due to age. Think of your discs like a rubber band sitting on a desk over time — at first it is very elastic and flexible, but as time goes on it may start to dry out, developing small cracks and tears.

The cells inside our discs do not have the ability to heal themselves so surgery was a common solution for this condition — until now!


Known as the body’s ‘repairmen’, stem cells actually have the ability to turn into other cells such as bone cells, cartilage cells, or fat cells. These cells are taken directly from your body and are injected into the disc to stimulate a healing response. This healing response may help to regenerate lost collagen within the disc, leading to resolution of painful symptoms without the use of surgery!


Stem cells offer an improved quality of life without the recovery period of a surgery. Results for this treatment option typically occur within two to three months, but some individuals even experience benefits before this.

Dr. Christopher Good, Spine Surgeon at Virginia Spine Institute has been utilizing regenerative therapy for over five years and has been “pleased with how helpful it has been.” In regards to stem cells specifically he says, “I have seen a number of patients avoid low back surgery using this new and exciting technology. There has been impressive improvement in pain for some patients with more severe or complicated disc issues.”

Our nationally-recognized Spinal Specialists can determine whether or not stem cell therapy is the best treatment option for your condition. In some cases our specialists combine regenerative therapies to achieve the most optimal outcome for the patient. Learn more about how stem cell therapy can be used in conjunction with platelet rich plasma (PRP) to get pain sufferers back to the pain-free life they remember!

Don’t delay! Click here to schedule or call us today at 703.350.4040.


Virginia Spine Institute’s reputation is unmatched as a world-renowned luxury destination in spinal healthcare, dedicated to providing an elevated level of concierge care for those suffering from neck and back conditions. For three decades, their proven methods have led them to dramatically improving the quality of life for over 100,000 patients, from 32 countries.


People seek care from Virginia Spine Institute because of their elite team of board-certified spine-specialized physicians offering unique approaches to safe and effective back and neck pain relief. As one of the few centers that begin treatment with non-surgical options before recommending surgery, 90% of their patients get better without spine surgery. Through a comprehensive model, Virginia Spine Institute is able to offer regenerative medicine, non-operative treatments, minimally-invasive spine surgery, and physical therapy through their team of spine specialists.


The team’s dedication to detail and patient success is a shining light in the field of spinal healthcare. As pioneers and leaders in this field, they have also accomplished many of the world’s firsts in spine surgery by using modern treatments and cutting-edge technology not offered anywhere else.

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