Stem cell therapy, also referred to as regenerative medicine, is an outpatient procedure that targets the underlying source of pain without medication, surgery, or long recovery times. The process utilizes the body’s healing ability to regenerate damaged tissues, decrease chronic pain and heal injuries more efficiently. Stem cells can modify into bone, cartilage, or fat cells to stimulate the body’s healing process.
Many areas in the body house stem cells, but the hip bones are rich in these cells and can be harvested quickly and easily. The stem cells will be ready for use within minutes of being harvested. The area that will get the stem cells is sterilized and numbed in preparation for injection.
Usually, some image guidance, such as an ultrasound, is used to ensure the stem cells are placed exactly where they need to be. Then, the stem cells are injected to trigger a healing response in the body. Stem cell therapy can ease your back pain but can also treat degenerative disc disease, arthritis, pinched nerves, bone fractures, and some orthopedic conditions.