Stem cell and platelet rich plasma PRP can greatly reduce lower back and sacroiliac joint pain.
Spectrum Health provides stem cell regeneration procedures to address lower back and sacroiliac joint pain. Frequently patients do not experience relief from existing procedures that use steroids. Steroids do reduce inflammation which is a great cause of pain, but at the expense of weakening the existing cartilage and bone. With regenerative medicine treatment, the goal is to reinforce existing cartilage structures while building new tissue that increases the longevity of existing joints. It is also well documented they reduce the existing inflammation that is detrimental to tissue integrity. Stem cell and platelet rich plasma therapies have been shown to provide significant long-term outcomes our patients have come to expect.
At Spectrum Health we have a federally regulated high-complexity CLIA certified lab where our technicians work to create the best cell based therapies for each patient.
At your first visit, we will discuss your X-rays and physical exam findings of your lower back pain or sacroiliitis while developing an individualized treatment plan. Our patient centered approach will follow you through the initial visit, procedures and post-procedure care that involves the physical rehab. Physical rehab is tailored to focus on the unique needs for specialized stem cell transplant patients.
What are the basics of regenerative medicine as it relates to lower back pain and sacroiliitis?
This medical specialty focuses on a patients own regenerative cells responsible for our own innate healing. Lower back and sacroiliac joint pain are very common conditions that frequently occur together. When our staff concentrates mesenchymal bone marrow or adipose tissue at the site of injury, this leads to increased repair of tissues in situations the body cannot do itself. The addition of platelet rich plasma during this process provides multiple types of growth factors needed to initiate the regenerative stem cell reaction. The combination of these two cell based treatment types have been well documented in many studies in repairing damaged tissues and instigating potential tissue regrowth.
What can I expect on the procedure day?
Through a minimally invasive procedure performed by our physicians, we used one of two reservoirs of stem cells. These are mesenchymal adipose or bone marrow stem cells. These tissues are extracted with specialized devices and concentrated to yield optimal cell numbers. There are three phases during procedure day. The first is tissue extraction followed up by laboratory isolation and finally fluoroscopic/ultrasound guidance to target specifically damaged tissues within the lower back and sacroiliac joints. During this time the patient is comfortable and supervised by multiple staff in order to improve procedure day satisfaction.