FAQ Concerning Regenerative Treatment

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.
young woman with lower back pain 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.

Regenerative Medicine for Degenerative Discs

Regenerative medicine, also known as stem cell therapy, can help your body heal as recovery takes place following damage to muscles, ligaments, spinal discs and bone. Solomon Kamson, MD, PhD, at the Spine Institute Northwest, is particularly interested in the use of stem cell therapies to help those who are suffering from degenerative disc disease.
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One of the most encouraging aspects of regenerative medicine’s use in the orthopedic field is that this type of therapy uses your body’s own cells and other organic substances to stimulate self-healing and regrowth of healthy cells in the damaged areas being treated. Research in this field is ongoing, but when it comes to treating back pain at the Spine Institute Northwest, a focus on regenerative medicine is reaching new heights, as positive research results are very exciting.

St. Louis Study

In 2013, researchers at the Columbia Interventional Pain Center in St. Louis extracted bone marrow rich in adult stem cells from 24 patients who have degenerative disc disease. The stem cells (bone marrow aspirate cellular concentrate or BMAC) were injected in the patients’ damaged discs in order to aid in the growth of healthier tissue. Stem cells have the potential to adapt and grow into different types of new cells within the body. The hope of this research was to discover that, when injected into a spinal disc, the cells would change into healthy new tissue for the damaged disc.

The patients in this St. Louis study had been battling chronic lower back pain, some for up to 12 years. More conservative treatments had been attempted or were no longer an option for these patients, and they were now spinal fusion candidates as a last resort, until the pain center researchers offered the bone marrow treatment to them. Of the 24 people who underwent stem cell therapy in St. Louis, 12 of them underwent other procedures to relieve pain over the next 30-month period. The other 12 patients did not seek other treatments. They reported feeling pain relief 2-4 months following the treatment, with 8 of them still feeling relief after a year’s time. As expected, none of the patients reported any complications of side effects from the stem cell therapy procedure.

The Promise of Stem Cell Therapy

As research in regenerative medicine continues, Dr. Kamson understands the lasting relief these therapies can offer his patients right now. Knowledge about stem cell treatments continue to offer more exciting results, and here at the Spine Institute Northwest in Bothell, WA, we are ready to share our excitement with you and keep you up to date on the latest information.

If you suffer from degenerative disc disease and would like more information about how regenerative medicine can help you, contact Dr. Kamson today at (208) 496-0630 for a consultation.

Relieve Your Back Pain with Regenerative Medicine

When you’ve tried everything short of seeking out traditional, extensive surgery for your back pain, things can seem dismal. Perhaps over-the-counter medications, back braces, acupuncture treatments, cortisone injections, and even physical therapy have not eased your chronic pain. You may fear that surgery is the next unavoidable step, involving a long hospital stay and months of required rest and physical therapy.

The good news is that regenerative medicine may now offer patients like you the opportunity to restore new health to your aching spine. Dr. Solomon Kamson, MD, PhD, at the Spine Institute Northwest, uses regenerative therapies to treat many causes of back and neck pain. The medicine injected uses stem cell tissues in combination with minimally invasive surgical techniques to renew your spine and improve healing and function. The stem cells used are harvested from your own body, so the chances of complication or infection occurring are extremely rare. Dr. Kamson injects these regenerative stem cells into the tissue of your spine in the area where you are experiencing pain. Once the cells are put into place, they begin to regenerate, aiding in the restoration of your spine.
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Regenerative medicine does not simply treat your painful symptoms. The stem cells work to heal the underlying cause of your pain. Stem cells are called Master Cells because they have the ability to regenerate and develop into all other types of cells. One therapy Sol Kamson uses at Spine Institute Northwest is Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP). Highly concentrated platelets from your own blood are injected into the area of pain, giving your body the potential to heal tissues and accelerate relief instead of simply masking pain. You will expect to see results in both pain relief and motor function within about a month after treatment. There is no hospital stay involved and very little post-recovery period.

At the Spine Institute Northwest, we can treat certain types of back and neck pain using regenerative medicine. Some types of conditions that Dr. Kamson and his team may treat in this way include herniated discs, annular tears, torn discs, or degenerative discs. If you suffer from chronic back pain, Dr. Kamson may be able to help you using regenerative therapies. When combining regenerative medicine with minimally invasive surgeries, a small incision is used to inject the treatment and complete the surgery. Scarring is minimal, recovery times are quicker, and complications are greatly reduced as compared with traditional back surgeries.

Contact Dr. Kamson at the Spine Institute Northwest in Bothell, WA, for a consultation and learn more about regenerative treatments.

What To Expect From Regenerative Treatment

Perhaps you’ve been advised that regenerative treatment may be something you should look into for a sports-related injury or to aid in the reduction of chronic or acute pain. You may already understand that regenerative medicine involves the use of a variety of stem cells. In fact, sometimes cells from your own body can be used to help reboot damaged tissue for faster healing. The field of regenerative medicine is swimming with interest right now, with some treatments currently available and new ones being researched constantly.

gene-wilder-used regenerative medicine

Since this field is just a few decades old, at most, many people are curious as to what they can expect in terms of actual results if their doctor recommends regenerative therapies. Dr. Solomon Kamson, MD, PhD, Director of the Spine Institute Northwest, offers a number of different types of regenerative treatments to promote healing at the cellular level. Dr. Kamson uses BioD regenerative therapy, MatriStem A-Cell injections, platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy, amniotic cell matrix therapy, and stem cell therapy. Sol Kamson places regenerative therapies to work for patients whenever applicable, but especially when they can be used to repair damaged tissue that is causing pain without having to resort to more invasive types of surgery.

Stem cells can develop into a variety of cell types through a process called differentiation. They can amplify your body’s natural healing abilities and encourage new cartilage tissue growth in addition to tendons and ligaments. When used for sports injuries, regenerative therapies also reduce pain and improve function.

Some notable individuals who have been treated with regenerative medicines include famed football player Peyton Manning. Some years ago he received stem cell therapy for a neck injury that had been difficult to repair. He was able to continue on with his career afterwards and lead his team on to win the Super Bowl. In 1999, actor Gene Wilder’s physician used stem cell therapy as part of a layered approach to successfully managing and treating his non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Rocker Ozzy Osbourne’s son, Jack, has multiple sclerosis. Doctors have used regenerative medicine to help keep his condition stable. Angel Di Maria, the South American soccer star, tore a hamstring in 2014. Stem cell therapy treatments put him back on the field.

Dr. Solomon Kamson at the Spine Institute Northwest in Bothell, WA, takes the time to get to know his patients. Every option is explored and discussed before treatments are decided upon. Your overall health and the exact nature of your condition are all taken into consideration. Once Dr. Kamson has pinpointed an accurate diagnosis for you, he will explain in detail what you can expect from a therapy that involves regenerative medicine. Call today to schedule your appointment for a consultation.