Navigating the

Stem Cell Therapy of W part 2

ithin the extended maze of Stem Cell related treatments there is a continuum, from very expensive to reason- ably affordable Regenerative Medicine options from

which to choose. The more affordable treatments include Prolo- therapy, Platelet Rich Plasma and Neural Prolotherapy. These treatments are each effective and bring about repair and/or re- generation in different ways. Let’s discuss how these treatments can help improve orthopedic conditions (low back, neck, or disc related pain and sciatica, arthritis, meniscal, tendon and ligament strains and sprains) and how they compare with traditional non- surgical orthopedic interventions. The mainstream non-surgical approach to pain often involves

analgesic and anti-inflammatory medications, muscle relaxants and steroid injections. These interventions can often be very

causes any STRUCTURE to break down Pain

Numbness/Tingling Dizziness Arthritis Headaches

The body’s foundation is the head and

starts to break down.

Logical. Simple.


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336.992.2536 M. Chad McIntyre, D.C. offers Orientation Classes at his office once per month


upper cervical spine. When it shifts out of balance, the body

Ignoring the FOUNDATION

helpful in relieving acute pain but may do nothing to correct the underlying condition. In fact, by reducing the pain, there is no feedback mechanism to let you know that ongoing damage is being done. This may result in worse tissue damage and longer term pain.

Anti-inflammatory medications may be very helpful in reduc-

ing the inflammation, but inflammation is not the problem. It is a necessary part of the healing process. Inflammation is like the contractors who come to the scene to repair damaged structures. Blaming the pain on inflammation is like blaming contractors for doing their job. If these factors are minimized with an anti-in- flammatory medication, repair may be compromised and can result in worse tissue damage. What may have been short term pain may become a chronic and more painful condition neces- sitating ongoing medication and invasive procedures. For these reasons and because anti-inflammatory medica- tions can result in a bleeding gastric ulcer, heart attack or stroke that that can lead to death, their long term use is generally not recommended for chronic pain. Unless supervised by your doc- tor and unless your doctor believes that the benefits of taking these medications outweigh the risks, Regenerative Medicine interventions may be a better option. The most basic Regenerative Medicine treatment is Dextrose

Prolotherapy. Dextrose Prolotherapy involves injecting a prolifer- ant solution into targeted locations that are causing the pain. This stimulates specialized cells called fibroblasts to promote regen- eration and repair. Dextrose Prolotherapy essentially works like a poorly paid, but very efficient contractor. It is highly effective for the same conditions for which steroids are used; however, instead of causing the many side effects associated with steroids, there are virtually no side effects. Instead of degeneration of the underlying structures associated with steroids, prolotherapy stimulates tissue repair. It is backed up by over 70 years of sup- portive clinical studies including five gold standard – double blind studies. Some of these studies report cartilage regeneration, reduced pain, improved functional abilities and an 80-90% suc- cess rate1

. The next level of sophistication is Platelet Rich Plasma or

PRP. This treatment involves taking blood from a vein. The blood is spun down in a special centrifuge which isolates the platelet rich portion. This portion of the blood has growth factors as well as anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties. It is also believed to work as a scaffolding material and as a reservoir to


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