Has your doctor has suggested spinal surgery for joint replacement, chronic back pain, or a back injury? You may be feeling some trepidation about having such an invasive operation. Spinal surgery is a serious procedure, with many risks involved. The good news is, there are alternatives to spinal surgery that you or your general physician may not be aware of. Depending on your situation, here are three effective alternatives to consider.
Stem Cell Regeneration
If you’ve been told you may benefit from joint replacement surgery, a better alternative could be stem cell therapy. This cutting edge procedure is done through the process of stem cell regeneration. Stem cells can be obtained from both bone marrow and adipose tissue. These precious stem cells are then combined using a centrifugal process that ensures the densest concentration of stem cells. Stem cells can regenerate in a variety of forms, including bone, cartilage, ligaments, and more. If your consultation and x-rays indicate that you are a good candidate for stem cell regeneration, this is something that you should at least consider.
PRP therapy is an exciting state of the art technology for the treatment of back pain. PRP is an acronym that stands for “platelet rich plasma.” Your body has an abundant supply of this material. In this therapy, PRP is harvested from your own blood. If you’ve ever donated blood or plasma, you will understand that the process is very similar. Once the PRP has been collected and treated, it’s then re-injected into the relevant areas of your back that are in distress. These PRP cells then begin the work of tissue repair and regeneration where necessary.
Dextrose Prolotherapy has been shown to be effective for arthritis, bursitis, tennis elbow and more. You and your orthopedic physician can decide if Dextrose Prolotherapy may be right for you. The process of is very similar to PRP Therapy. In Dextrose Prolotherapy, a solution made up of a very mild irritant is injected into the problem areas. Discomfort is minimal, as a mild, local anesthetic is used at the injection site. The solution then causes an inflammatory response, which signals repair cells to move in and target the area. Several treatments may be necessary to achieve lasting results.
The beauty of these treatments are that they are non-invasive and don’t require long recovery periods. Talk to your doctor about these alternatives to spinal surgery. There may be a less invasive option to solve your back problems. Better yet, contact the Center for Regenerative Orthopedics for a consultation.