As we age, the mobility and elasticity of the tissues in our body decreases, making them more susceptible to tears and damage. This is especially evident in the back muscles and spinal column, which absorb impact and strain when we move. Bulging and ruptured discs, chronic back pain and decreased flexibility and mobility are all signs of a back beginning to degrade, either due to age or injury. Injections and Therapy can help, but in some situations, surgery is needed. When traditional conservative treatment fails and before considering surgery, man patients would benefit from regenerative medicine.
Regenerative medical therapies, like the PRP injections and Stem Cell Treatments available at The Vitality Center of Colorado, can help slow or even reverse the pain and degeneration of your back. These therapies have been shown to be effective for sacroilitis, facet degeneration and symptomatic degenerative disc disease. Even better, they require only minimally invasive procedures, and little to no rehabilitation afterwards. They do not rely on drugs or prosthetics, but rather use the body’s own regenerative abilities to heal the body naturally, and keep you stronger longer.
Regenerative medical therapies are also extremely useful post-surgery or injury, as they can help speed up recovery and increase the effectiveness of rehabilitation. Professional athletes have been using this technology to reduce injury and recover faster for decades. Now, it’s available at a fraction of the cost, to weekend warriors and aging individuals who want to move better without requiring surgery or invasive procedures.
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) consists of concentrated platelets and growth factors that promote healing and regeneration of injured tissues. PRP is derived from your own body, and is 100% natural. PRP injections are an increasingly popular alternative to surgery and safer long term than shots of steroids. Although still investigational by most insurance companies, these therapies have proven to be effective for patients of all ages.
We offer several different PRP Protocols to fit varying situations of clinical and patient needs. From our 2-spin, highly concentrated PRP system, to our 5-minute, single spin PRP solution system, we have one that will work for your specific needs.
Stem cell therapy, as practiced at Colorado’s Vitality Center, is an innovative minimally invasive treatment that is part of the growing field known as regenerative medicine. Many musculoskeletal conditions caused by sports injuries and overuse can be treated with adult stem cell procedures. These procedures give your body the potential to heal itself naturally.
Stem cell therapy, also referred to as stem cell treatment or cell therapy, helps the body repair itself naturally. The cells neutralize inflammation and accelerate healing. They have the potential to regenerate injured cartilage tissue, tendons, bone, muscle, ligaments and vertebral disc cartilage.
Patients suffering from low back pain due to disc disease may be able to utilize stem cell therapy to decrease inflammation, reduce pain, improve hydration as well as increase disc height. Colorado stem cell therapy is becoming a viable alternative to spinal fusion surgery for many patients suffering from degenerative disc disease.
Central back pain, which can commonly be caused by whiplash type injuries, often results in damage to the facet joints. Like other joint damage, facet joints can be treated with stem cells.
Much of the early work in regenerative medicine has been devoted to helping chronic injuries. We are also seeing dramatic improvement in recovery times for acute and sub-acute injuries. These can include new onset partial tear of ligaments, bones and cartilage. We have seen active patients return to activity much more rapidly with greatly decreased pain and improved mobility following early intervention for the acute and sub-acute injuries.
A suitable candidate for stem cell or PRP therapy for back pain is someone who suffers from a painful disc or facet injury from overuse, trauma, or debilitating conditions such as degenerative arthritis. Use of stem cell treatments for back pain in the acute stages of an injury has patients returning to activity much more rapidly with greatly decreased pain and improved mobility. Our stem cell patients have successfully returned to golf and skiing, hiking, or even marathon running, with reduced pain and increased flexibility faster than ever before.
Vitality’s regenerative therapy can also be beneficial for patients suffering from tendonitis and ligamentous injuries. In addition, an excellent candidate for Stem Cell Therapy also has slow-healing or non-union fracture.
Vitality will conduct a careful history and physical examination as well as thorough review of appropriate imaging (including X-Rays and/or MRI) to determine whether your condition is suitable for stem cell therapy treatment.