Stem Cell Therapy for Back Pain | Okyanos Cell Therapy

Chronic back pain is a broad term which refers to persistent symptoms of fundamental inflammation, disc damage and tissue degeneration of the spine’s various components. Whether your back pain is the result of an injury or a persistent inflammatory disease, stem cell therapy is a comprehensive approach to tackling the underlying causes of spine discomfort for lasting mobility and relief.


In degenerative back conditions there are numerous ligaments that fail to the point where the spine goes chronically out of alignment. Surgery takes a mechanical approach—from stripping ligaments, to shaving disc material, chipping off bone spurs, all the way to fusion. Each of these procedures has the goal of mechanically pushing the spine back into alignment, without ever addressing the degeneration, inflammation and excessive immune response, frayed ligaments, scar tissue, premature cell death, and lack of microcirculation. Unsatisfactory healing, destabilization of the levels above and below the operated area, repeat surgeries and failed back surgery syndrome are not uncommon with this approach.

Back pain sufferers may also be forced to settle into a pharmacological (drug) pain management regimen in order to resume some degree of normal function. This can result in adverse reactions and long-term side effects, all without having addressed the source of the pain. In contrast to pharmacological or surgical options to address “symptoms” of spine dysfunction, Okyanos Cell Therapy harnesses the powerful healing mechanisms of your own biology to address underlying issues which are producing or prolonging chronic back pain disorders.


Most patients experience back pain as a result of a number of contributing factors and disorders, including:

  • Sacroiliac Dysfunction
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Herniated Discs
  • Spinal Facet Arthritis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Failed Back Syndrome (post-spinal surgery pain)
  • and more

It is important to understand the underlying factors of inflammation and tissue or nerve damage which often accompany long-term, persistent back problems. Clinical research tells us that system-wide inflammation appears to be more extensively involved in disc disease and back pain than was previously understood.

Pain and inflammation often go hand in hand as a way for our body to point out that a particular area of the body (the spine in this case) is in need of attention. Thankfully, inflammation is also one key way stem cells can be called to an area for repair.


Clinical research has shown that stem cell therapy can enable back pain sufferers to avoid spine surgery. Stem cells have also been seen to improve disc height and water content, resolve fissures and lay down new healthy bone cells and cartilage tissue. In addition, stem cells have the ability to secrete molecules which regulate the chronically over-active inflammatory activities in an area of damage or injury. The combination of adult stem and regenerative cells found in the adipose tissue (body fat) are commonly referred to as “repair cells” for their ability to:

  • Address widespread inflammation
  • Turn into replacement bone and cartilage cells, including bone and disc
  • Prevent further or premature cell and tissue death
  • Reduce scarring (such as that which can occur post-spine surgery)
  • Modulate abnormal immune response
  • Stimulate the growth of new blood vessels for better blood flow


Stem cell treatment at Okyanos is a minimally invasive, same-day outpatient procedure. Though recovery can and does vary from patient to patient, our protocols are designed and carried out with the goal of keeping “downtime” to a minimum. A general overview of the procedure is as follows:

  1. First, water-assisted fat harvesting is done to obtain a sufficient amount of adipose (fat) tissue.
  2. The unique blend of stem and regenerative cells which exist in the adipose tissue are then isolated and prepared for intravenous delivery utilizing a closed/sterile, fully automated CGMP cell processing system. A closed/sterile, manually operated cell processing technology will also be used to obtain a micro-fragmented, cell-rich product for direct injections.
  3. In accordance with the individualized treatment plan prepared for each patient, adult stem and regenerative cells are then guided by direct injection and/or intravenously to address the systemic factors relating to orthopedic dysfunction. This combination of IV and direct injection is a standard technique developed by doctors at Okyanos. Direct injections are performed under ultrasound or 2D-fluoroscopic guidance to ensure proper placement of the cells.

To learn more about Okyanos Cell Therapy for orthopedic conditions, contact a Patient Liaison to request a free educational consultation or dial 855-OKYANOS (855-659-2667).


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