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Woman describes neck pain to doctor using telemedicineThe use of telehealth seeks to increase access to health care by expanding means of communication between providers and patients. Interactive telecommunications equipment makes the process simple and precise. Due to the recent Covid-19 pandemic, Dr. Hunter and his staff may be able to see you through “telemedicine”.

Effective Monday, March 30, 2020, NSSC Spine Clinic will begin offering Virtual Telemedicine Visits via Skype or Face Time.

Please contact our office at 704-864-5550 if you are interested. NSSC Spine Clinic will be following normal office hours.

Dr. Hunter and his staff are committed to providing care to their patients, while taking necessary precautions to mitigate the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19).

We will continue to take measures recommended by the Centers For Disease Control (CDC) to maintain a safe environment for our patients.

Please immediately reschedule your appointment at our office, if you have:

  • Recently traveled out of the country

  • Have been in close contact with someone experiencing a fever, cough, chills, or shortness of breath

  • You have recently experienced a fever, cough, chills, or shortness of breath

Should the need arise, please contact our office and we will work with you to reschedule your upcoming appointment.

Seek Medical Advice if you:

  • Develop Symptoms

  • Have been in close contact with a person known to have coronavirus

  • If you live in or have recently been in an area with an ongoing spread of coronavirus

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Stem cell therapy, an innovative, non-surgical treatment for both joint and back pain, has become a viable alternative for pain relief without invasive surgery. Utilizing your own body’s stem cells, your body can in fact heal itself.

What are adult stem cells

Adult stem cells harvested from your own bone marrow have the ability to develop into other types of cells. These special types of cells are able to multiply, regenerate and self-renew. This means they have the ability to form potentially any type of tissue in your body. Because of their ability to differentiate and form different types of cells, they can be used to treat many types of injuries and regenerate damaged tissue. 

In fact, stem cells have many capabilities.  They are known to create proteins that decrease inflammation and kill bacteria, they can save dying cells, as well as, differentiate into cartilage, bone and connective tissue.

How Does Stem Cell Therapy Work

After harvesting your bone marrow from your hip, it is placed into a special filter and spun down in a centrifuge. This separates the adult stem cells from the red blood cells and plasma. Once the bone marrow has been separated, the adult stem cells, along with other growth factors in the blood, are aspirated into a syringe. The concentrated stems cells can then be injected into the targeted area.

Who Is A Good Candidate?

A good candidate for stem cell therapy is someone suffering from joint or back pain looking to improve the quality of their life, someone that wants to avoid the potential complications of surgery or a person looking to use their body’s stem cells as a method to restore their body using it’s own regenerative capabilities.

Treatment

Adult stem cells are being used to treat many types of chronic pain, arthritis, and degenerative disease of joints and the spine. Soft tissue injuries such as muscle, tendon and ligaments are also being treated with stem cell therapy,

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Call today if you think you might be a candidate for stem cell therapy to book an appointment for a consultation. Stem cell therapy could give you the relief you are looking for!

TREATMENT: STEM CELL INJECTIONS

What are Adult Stem Cells?

Adult stem cells were discovered over 40 years ago when researchers found that cells derived from bone marrow had the ability to form various tissues. Adult stem cells are early stage cells that, under the right conditions, are capable of developing into other types of cells and hold the potential to regenerate damaged tissue.

Who is a good candidate?

Your physician will want a history of your injury and a physical examination along with any x-rays, and an MRI. While stem cell therapy may be appropriate for certain conditions, it is not applicable for every condition.  However, it has proven to be a viable option for  individuals suffering from pain.  A good candidate for adult stem cell treatment usually is:

  • A patient that wants to avoid the inherent complications that come with an invasive surgical procedure
  • A pain sufferer that is interested in an option that offers potential for an overall improved quality of life
  • A person who understands that surgery sets off a cascade of further degeneration, and is prepared to benefit from the body’s own regenerative mechanisms.
  • Every patient is different, the success of the stem cell therapy is dependent on the severity of your condition and your body’s response to stem cell therapy.

What is the procedure like?

A basic stem cell procedure lasts about 45 minutes or less. The physician will retrieve bone marrow percutaneously from the iliac crest of the hip (5 minutes). The aspirated bone marrow will then be concentrated into a smaller volume, devoid of plasma and red blood cells (12 minutes). Finally, the physician will deliver your concentrated stem cells back to the target site for regeneration.

 

What is the recovery period?

After a joint injection, you can typically go back to work immediately. It is advised to avoid load-bearing activities for at least 2 weeks. After a disc injection, you should rest for 2-3 days and try to stay off your feet. In any stem cell procedure, anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDS) should be withheld for 72 hours pre-procedure and one week post-procedure.

Which Joints We Treat

  • Knee
  • Hip
  • Shoulder
  • Ankle
  • Wrist

How Do I Prepare For a Stem Cell Procedure

Before the procedure, you should not take any anti-inflammatory medications, for at least 5 days prior to the procedure. (Medications such as Advil, Aleve, Naproxen, Ibuprofen, Aspirin, etc.)
 

How Long Will It Take To Feel Relief And Obtain Improved Function Of The Joint

Every patient is different and it also depends on which joint or joints you have had treatment on.  Some patients have had improved mobility and pain relief in as few as 2-3 weeks.  Other patients have seen improvements at 2-3 months.
 

How Long Will I Feel Relief And Maintain Good Function After The Procedure

Since every patient is different, each outcome will also be different.  Studies have shown that adult stem cell treatments on joints have produced better outcomes than traditional treatments and/or surgical procedures. Stem cell therapy has helped patients to post-pone joint replacements and surgeries for many years and some patients have been able to completely avoid surgery or joint replacements all together.
 

Is Stem Cell Therapy FDA Approved

The bone marrow concentrate used for the treatment is drawn from your own hip using an FDA approved device.  Because your own bone marrow is used to obtain your own stem cells, the FDA requirements are met for the definition of the practice of medicine.