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Degenerative Disc Disease

The only problem with adding years to your life is you also add wear and tear on your spine, especially your neck. The natural aging process in the C1-C6 region of the neck will eventually attack the flexible three-joint complex and work away at the cartilage and the tiny capsular ligaments of the facet joints which is the modus operandi of degenerative disc disease. Conventional medicine takes a dim view of degenerative disc disease. It is not reversible. In other words, it is all downhill, baby. We disagree. In the new science of regenerative medicine, there is a different paradigm that is science-based. For example, clinical researchers know that one of the causes of spine instability is weakened ligaments in the three-joint complex. If only there was a way to fix that? Well, there is. Since the 1950s, researchers in the field of prolotherapy noted in numerous clinical tests that when you regenerate ligaments, the stability of the spine recovers and pain is reduced. It is almost 2020, and the status quo is now paying attention. They suddenly realized that it makes a heck of a lot of sense to repair an intervertebral disc rather than install a plastic one, or fuse vertebrae. Instead of a cervical disc replacement, why not regenerate a new joint naturally. You can avoid hospital stays, infection risk, muscle strain, and protracted recoveries.
The long term success of Dr. Greenberg’s patients is attributed to a specialized approach to the examination process. Deemed “The Greenberg Method,” this diagnostic approach not only looks into the area of damage and pain, but also evaluates the mechanics and structure of the bone and joints related to the area of the pain. For instance not only do we want to look at the disc, but we have been able to show that treatment of the joint is paramount to support the disc and that regeneration of the joint can help the body pull the disc back into place on its own. In the cervical region, incongruence of the scapula can pull on the neck region while an abnormal pelvic tilt can create shearing forces across the lumbar spine and sacrum. While an isolated joint treatment ignores physiology and the evaluation of movement, The Greenberg Method’s full-body examination produces a comprehensive diagnosis and treatment plan. In return, the patient experiences a greater reduction in pain and improvement in function, which helps them get back on their feet to resume their daily routines, pain free.

If you have been diagnosed with degenerative disc disease, now is the time to choose regeneration instead of degeneration.

Dr. Greenberg’s team will perform The Greenberg Method, including a complete history and review of your most recent radiographs to examine the state of your neck and head.

Due to cervical instability at the top of the spinal column, there may be pinching of a nerve due to arthritic degradation, osteophyte formations or worn out and thinning capsular ligaments.

The optimal way to stabilize the region is not to kill nerves to block pain or fuse vertebrae but to repair and regenerate the soft tissues and bone structures of the upper neck.

If you are an appropriate candidate for The Greenberg Method, Dr. Greenberg will treat mild cases of disc disease with Prolotherapy.

Generally, for moderate to severe disc degeneration, Dr. Greenberg will use Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP), sometimes synergized with Stem Cell Treatments. PRP contains powerful healing factors including the Interleukin cytokines of IL-1, IL-4, and IL-6, plus FGF-2 (fibrin-growth factor) and TGF-β1 (tissue growth factor) which support the regeneration of cartilage, ligaments, tendons and muscles. PRP also contains BMP (bone morphogenic protein) that can strengthen and regenerate bone structures plus several other growth factors.

(TGM) Stem Cell treatments developed by Dr. Greenberg use adipose-derived regenerative cells (ADRCs) that are taken from the patient’s own fat cells. ADRCs contain multipotent stem cells, and human skeletal stem cells (HSSC), which can regenerate bone and tissue. There are also several cytokines or healing factors such as A2M that blocks arthritic proteins, and IL-1RA, which moderates inflammation. The presence of bone morphogenic proteins (BMP), transcription factors, exosomes all combine to give the stem cell cocktail its regenerative power.

Dr. Greenberg will discuss the objectives of each treatment and explain the therapeutic options that are most appropriate for your case. You may receive a treatment every three weeks or so over several months.

TGM treatments have lower infection risks than surgeries, shorter recovery times and are opioid-free. Dr. Greenberg is a holistically-centered physician who not only treats your physical injury but he also addresses You. We support your recovery through proper nutrition, supplements, and innovative therapies to nurture a sense of wellness for your body and mind.

If you or a loved one is looking for a new strategy to treat chronic aches and pains, fill out the form on this page to schedule an appointment or call Dr. Greenberg’s office today at 833-440-4325.