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STEM CELLS FOR CERVICAL (NECK)

The neck is the foundation of movement for the upper body with regards to rotation and function. Have you ever experienced numbness or tingling down an arm that can span into the fingers? Does your neck feel achy or lock in a certain position while moving? Has a whiplash occurred in your lifetime? Do you experience headaches or often migraines?  Most times, that is a cervical dysfunction or injury. For many people, this is a common phenomenon and happens over time due to over use, an accident, or normal wear and tear. Once the neck experiences an injury it is difficult to accomplish many daily activities without feeling the negative effects and pain. Sleeping can be disturbed by a neck injury, maintaining an active lifestyle might be interrupted, and once the abnormality settles into your body, it sets the tone for possibly suffering other injuries.  Over time, the vertebras begin to compress and the disc loses fluid and space. Degenerative disc disease, bulging discs, and stenosis settle in to these areas causing possible fusion, widespread pain, and numbness down the upper extremities. 

Stem Cell Therapy for the Neck Treats:

  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Regenerate fluid
  • Early onset Stenosis

 

Stem Cell Therapy is not able to treat:

  • Severe stenosis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Scoliosis
  • Kyphosis

 

While not everyone with neck pain is a candidate for stem cell therapy, find out if our therapies are right for you We can provide an exam and consultation at our office to determine your suitability for the procedure. If you are interested in learning more about stem cell therapy to help repair degenerative disc disease, please contact us.

What is a Stem Cell Procedure?

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A stem cell procedure harnesses and amplifies the body's 

natural mechanism for healing (and anti-inflammation). This mechanism uses adult autologous stem cells derived from your own bone marrow.

In the procedure, the physician will aspirate bone marrow from the iliac crest of your pelvis, concentrate it, then deliver the concentrate to the injury site of the spine. In all, the process takes less than 45 minutes.

Depending on your condition, your doctor may decide to deliver the stem cells following an arthroscopic procedure to remove damaged cartilage or bone. This will not affect the procedure; it allows the surgeon to visualize the target site.

Because your procedure will utilize a concentrated preparation of your own cells, the procedure is considered "autologous point-of-care". The procedure is fast, and in most cases can be completed with moderate sedation.

Who is a Good Candidate for a Stem Cell Procedure

The ideal recipient of a stem cell procedure is a patient that wants to use their body's own regenerative potential as an option to possibly delay or avoid invasive surgery.

Preparing for my Procedure

As with any medical procedure, it is important to consult your physician about preparation.

Refrain from anti-inflammatory medication 7 days prior to procedure and 14 days post procedure.

What Can I Expect Post-Procedure?

Stem cell procedures are usually done as an outpatient, meaning there is no need for an overnight hospital stay. Most patients should expect to walk out of the clinic and resume low-impact activities immediately.

Some patients have reported experiencing mild pain for the first 48-72 hours post-procedure. In most cases, this is due to the absence of their normal anti-inflammatory and pain relief drugs. After this period, most patients experience a gradual decrease in pain, with some experiencing sustained pain relief. Soon afterward, patients may see improved function.


When Can I Resume Physical Activity?

The most important part of any stem cell therapy is adhering to your post-procedure restrictions. For the procedure to have the best change to yield lasting benefit, most physicians strongly recommend:

  • Refrain from anti-inflammatory medication 7 days prior to procedure and 14 days post procedure.
  • Rest for the first 24-48 hrs
  • Restrict the joint to "general use" for the first two weeks
  • For weeks 3-4, walking and cardio are allowed
  • After 4 weeks, weightlifting and running are permitted
  • Pay attention to your joints as you resume normal activity