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Stem cells naturally exist in the body. Modern science and medicine has paved the way for using stems cells in the treatment of injuries and wear and tear areas of the body. By introducing harvested and concentrated stem cells from the patient’s own body, these stems cells promote repair and often resolution of the condition. Atlantic Spine Center is proud to offer this modern and effective procedure especially for degenerative-type disc diseases and conditions of the spine.
The most common and richest source comes from your bone marrow. The preferred access location is from the Iliac crest (front tip) of the hip bone.
Once extracted, the marrow concentrate with the adult stem cells and growth factors are spun down for separation in a special machine. Once ready, the cells are then implanted into the problem area.
While the harvesting of bone marrow cells from the iliac crest is a FDA-approved procedure, the injection of adult mesenchymal stem cells is still being evaluated by the FDA. However, because the processing of the of the bone marrow cells to concentrate and isolate the stem cells falls under the guidelines of minimal manipulation, the procedure meets the FDA definition of acceptable practice of medicine.
Before surgical spine treatment is considered, we will exhaust conservative, non-surgical spine treatment options first. Our advanced diagnostic and pain mapping techniques enable us to ensure precise diagnosis, which is one of the most important factors towards effective treatment of your pain.
Read Atlantic Spine Center's, Dr. Chang's, interview on Stem Cells and Degenerative Disc Disease on SpineUniverse.com.
Stem Cells and Degenerative Disc Disease: Spine Universe interviews Kaliq Chang, MD an anesthesiologist and pain management specialist about stem cells in the treatment of degenerative disc disease:Read Spineuniverse Interview