Stem Cell Therapy Specialist

Pain Care Boise

Pain Medicine located in Boise, ID

Stem cell therapy, a form of regenerative medicine, is often at the forefront of viable options to help repair damaged tissues and expedite the body's natural healing process. At Pain Care Boise in downtown Boise, Idaho, William Binegar, MD and Christopher Vaughan provide stem cell therapy treatment to help regenerate and restore damaged tissues. To learn more about stem cell therapy, book a visit online or call the office today.

Stem Cell Therapy Q&A

What does stem cell treatment involve? 

Stem cell treatment is an effective procedure, at the forefront of cutting-edge technology to help create new muscle and restore degeneration.

How might stem cell treatment help?

The cells used for regenerative medicine treatments come from your own bone marrow, a rich source of stem cells and platelets. These specialized stem cells create new muscles, tendons, ligaments, cartilage, bone, and skin. They’re perfect for easing pain and healing musculoskeletal conditions like:
 

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Sprains, strains, and fractures
  • Bursitis
  • Tendinitis
  • Rotator cuff tears
  • Anterior cruciate ligament tears
  • Achilles tendon tears
  • Hamstring tendon tears
  • Meniscus tears
  • Ligament tears

Your provider injects stem cells either alone or mixed with PRP.

What stem cell options are there? 

There are 3 main types of adult stem cells treatments:

Adipose (Fat) 

This option starts with the highest number of stem cells. Unfortunately, the processing of fat to get the stem cells can be difficult. The FDA has outlawed using enzymes. Mechanical separation may be considered, but is very time-consuming (3-4 hours). The final product does NOT have many platelets and/or growth factors. Therefore, an extra step such as adding PRP from your blood is required. Also fat stem cells in several studies revealed they do not convert to cartilage as easily as bone marrow stem cells. 

Fat stem cells may be considered for aesthetics (such as when used as a filler for wrinkles), but scrutinized when used for musculoskeletal problems.

 

Bone Marrow

Bone marrow stem cells have many advantages. As mentioned above they more easily convert to cartilage than fat stem cells. Because bone marrow does not require processing, they remain in their natural environment.

This allows them to be able to continue to communicate with surrounding cells, making them more functional. When collecting bone marrow, we also collect the platelets that live with them. Platelets release growth factors helping things to grow. This process from collecting the bone marrow to injecting in your joint typically takes less than 30 minutes. Pain Care Boise recommends using Bone Marrow for your STEM CELL treatments.

 

Umbilical Cord/Blood

Although confusing, this is an adult stem cell from the delivering mother. There are many CAUTIONS against the use of this product as listed below: