One of the various minimally invasive treatments used to treat pain at the Spine Institute Northwest in Bothell, WA, is regenerative therapy. This groundbreaking therapy uses your body’s own stem cells to help heal and repair degenerating and painful areas of the body, such as spinal discs, ligaments, cartilage, and tendons.
Solomon Kamson, MD, PhD, believes that utilizing the least invasive treatments to help patients is of the utmost importance. Since regenerative medicine uses material from your own body, which then goes back into your body to direct new cell growth within damaged areas, any negative side effects or complications following these treatments are extremely rare. Less is better, according to Dr. Kamson, and regenerative treatments have helped countless patients feel better for longer periods of time.
Here is some information to help you understand the most frequently asked questions about regenerative treatment.
Is regenerative therapy different from steroid injections?
Yes! Steroid injections can help relieve pain for limited amounts of time, usually at most for a few months. They reduce inflammation that is causing pain, but do not actually fix anything long-term. Regenerative therapy, however, works to reduce pain as it actually promotes healing by repairing cells and tissues that are at the root of your pain.
Can stem cell treatments make my condition worse?
It’s unlikely that this type of therapy will harm anything. Regenerative treatments use organic materials that make your tissues stronger. Steroid injections, on the other hand, can weaken tissues. There may be a little discomfort following a regenerative treatment, but within a few days, it will pass. Just as with any treatment that requires an injection, there is a risk of some bleeding, injury to a tissue, or pain from the procedure. There is also a chance that the treatment will not reduce your pain as expected.
Does the research show that regenerative therapy can cause tumors to form?
There is no reported research in the medical literature that supports this theory. Since the stem cells used in the treatments come from your own body, they have not been found to cause tumors or cancers. When cells are taken from another person or an embryo, there is, perhaps, more of a risk. The Spine Institute Northwest and Dr. Kamson, however, don’t practice the use of these more risky substances.
How do we keep patients safe at the Spine Institute Northwest?
Dr. Sol Kamson and the other physicians at our facility follow standardized protocols to ensure patient safety and effective treatment. While performing regenerative therapies, we use guided imagery to lessen risks and to accurately target the painful tissue being treated.
What are the most commonly used regenerative treatments?
Different medical offices use a variety of regenerative therapies depending upon the patient’s needs and the expectations for the best results. The most common treatments are:
Dextrose Prolotherapy: This gentle treatment is optimal for patients who have mild to moderate issues. Most painful conditions can be treated with three to six appointments.
Platelet Rich Plasma: For those with moderate to severe problems, this stronger therapy can be completed with two to three treatments.
Stem Cells: This is the most effective therapy for moderate to severe issues. The benefits are long lasting in comparison to the other regenerative therapies. A second round of stem cell treatments can be evaluated after six to 12 months.
If you have additional questions and wish to learn more about regenerative treatments, call Dr. Kamson today at the Spine Institute Northwest at (208) 496-0630 for more information or to schedule a consultation.