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Regenerative Treatments

The most advanced approach to pain management

Regenerative treatments have become a popular treatment approach for many kinds of injuries – and rightfully so. With recent scientific advances, they offer new hope for recovery and have (in many cases) proven to be more effective than some of the more traditional approaches to pain management.

The most exciting and promising regenerative treatments involve the use of stem cells. Professional athletes like Kobe Bryant and Peyton Manning have turned to stem cell injections to speed their recovery from injury with great success.

Stem cell injections are more effective than the Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) injections that some specialists recommend – and importantly, they can be covered by insurance (PRP is not). Stem cells have a unique ability to develop into many types of other cells in the body (e.g. muscle, bone, tendon, cartilage), and offer the opportunity to truly heal and repair an injury.

We are leading the way…

At Progressive Spine & Sports Medicine, we are one of the few clinics in the country utilizing stem cell injections to promote healing. We have two options for patients who are candidates for stem cell injections. The first utilizes donated stem cells from umbilical cords. These cells are donated after live births, after the umbilical cord has been cut – so there are none of the legal or ethical concerns that come from using fetal stem cells. The second option involves using a patient’s own stem cells. With new technology, a patient’s own stem cells can be taken from the fat in the “love handle” area. It is a simple outpatient procedure with minimal to no pain afterward. This is an especially compelling option compared to the painful harvesting of stem cells from bone marrow.

Regenerative injections are done in our medical office in Ramsey, NJ with either x-ray or ultrasound guidance, and they are no more invasive than a typical injection into a joint or tendon. There is minimal to no pain after the injection – compared to PRP injections, which usually result in increased soreness for a few days. With stem cell injections, the tissue typically begins to heal itself in 4-6 weeks – with healing continuing for up to 3 months.

Below is a quick comparison between PRP injections and the more effective stem cell injections we recommend and administer.

Stem cell injection

  • No need to draw patient’s blood
  • Injection is usually painless
  • Usually covered by insurance

Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Injection

  • Patient’s blood must be drawn
  • Pain at the injection site for a few days
  • Not covered by insurance

 

We’ve outlined just a few of the tools we utilize when creating a holistic program to treat your pain. If you are experiencing pain and discomfort, contact our medical offices so we can carefully evaluate your condition and provide you with comprehensive nonsurgical treatment options. Call 201-962-9199 or contact our office in Ramsey, NJ for a consultation.


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