Doctor Knows Best: A Stem Cell Therapy Prescription

The original back injury remains a mystery, but add a torn hamstring and any active mom would have to slow down any active mom – especially when the back injury resulted in two degenerative discs. For Astrid Corretjer, that meant the end of tennis, rollerblading, paddle boarding, and especially mountain biking.

The hamstring was recent, thanks to spinning, and the discs a few years ago. “It was horrible,” Corretjer said. “I went in for physical therapy and had so much tightness. All of the symptoms were on the left side, but I tore my right hamstring.” The tightness on the left side could have been caused by mountain biking, too. That and tennis.

Corretjer, of Scottsdale, sought conventional medical help and just dealt with the discomfort, trying “physical therapy, needles, everything you can possibly imagine,” she said. “I learned to stretch. I had to stretch big-time every day.” But her back wouldn’t allow the same activities she enjoyed before her injuries. “My physical and rehab doctor told me, ‘I don’t know what to do with you,’” Corretjer explained. “Let me send you to someone who can help.”

The trip to see someone who could help brought Corretjer to Dr. Michael Wolff, MD at Southwest Spine & Sports last spring. Corretjer had a thorough evaluation and her discs were identified as the major cause of her low back pain. She was treated with stem cell injections into each painful degenerative disc in late June. “There isn’t an on/off switch, but I started to see improvement after the third or fourth month.

While there was pain before the injections, the biggest issue Corretjer faced was the tightness. After the June stem cell treatment, she’s been working with a physical therapist and is almost back to her old line-up of activities. Corretjer describes herself as a “young 48” and can play tennis again without pain. “I can rollerblade and paddle board again, too,” she said.

What is stem cell therapy?

Multinucleated Stem Cells (MSCs), stem cells for short, are potent and valuable healers. They have the unique ability to naturally stimulate damaged tissue to become  healthy again.  When handled and injected correctly, stem cells help set up a healing environment by stimulating a regenerative process to reduce inflammation, repair damage and create healthy tissue. In the process, stem cells send signals to assist your body to help differentiate, proliferate, and mature in the environment they’re placed. Simply put, this means stem cells are able to stimulate a natural transformation and stimulate different cell types to reduce inflammation, and stimulate the body to produce healthy mature cells including bone cartilage, muscle, tendon, and ligament. Click here to learn more about stem cells.

Stem cell therapy has been in use since the early 1990s. Recent advances in technology have improved the ease and safety of the therapy. Autologous stem cell therapy – meaning use of cells from your own body – is quickly gaining popularity as a means to treat painful injuries. Autologous stem cell treatment is a simple outpatient procedure at Southwest Spine & Sports. The all-natural therapy helps a wide range of patients, from those with acute muscle and/or ligament injuries, like professional athletes, to those with joint pain from arthritis, and low back pain from injured discs and degenerative disc disease. Stem cells used for treatment can be easily harvested from a patient’s bone marrow taken from the back of the hip. Cells are immediately prepared for reinjection using a specialized centrifuge system to isolate and concentrate desired stem cells under sterile conditions. Patients’ own fresh stem cells are then injected into the injured area, always guided by either ultrasound or fluoroscopy. At Southwest Spine & Sports the entire procedure is performed in our comfortable, state-of-the-art facility under conscious sedation and takes only a few hours.

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