As human beings, we owe so much to the spine. Ask the members of the U.S. Special Operations forces, and they can tell you that a warrior’s strength starts from his or her core. Because the spine is such an integral part of strong and healthy functional movement, we tend not to think of the spine as a vulnerable area. However, your spine can become compromised by an injury or condition that causes bones, discs, nerves, ligaments, and muscles to break down. Spinal pain and discomfort can be extremely debilitating, affecting your ability to do what you love, get through your day, and even get restful sleep at night.
If you’re living with severe back pain and considering surgical intervention, the orthobiologic solutions offered by Dr. Trevor Turner may be able to help you recover in less time and for longer. With state-of-the-art technology and a committed minimally-invasive approach, Dr. Turner specializes in regenerative techniques such as stem cell injections and platelet rich plasma injections. Dr. Turner is committed to making spinal treatments simple and cost-effective for his patients -- rather than charging for multiple injections, Dr. Turner strives to address all of the damaged structures of the lumbar spine with one treatment at a singular cost.
Should your injury ultimately require surgery for long-term relief, Dr. Turner has the experience and partnership with Georgia Bone & Joint surgeons to get you the best specialty care available. Dr. Turner can even incorporate regenerative medicine into your treatment plan for a quicker, less painful, and more effective recovery.
As a platelet rich plasma specialist, Dr. Trevor Turner often recommends platelet rich plasma (PRP) therapy to patients as an alternative back pain treatment without surgery. Platelet rich plasma therapy works by using your own body’s growth factors to stimulate a natural foundation for recovery.
During a PRP session, Dr. Turner will draw your blood, then send it to our onsite laboratory, where an expert technician will separate plasma from it using a centrifuge. Dr. Turner will then reinject that plasma into your spine or surrounding areas at the affected site, giving your body a natural boost to reduce pain and improve function. This process also helps to reduce inflammation, often providing superior relief from back pain over the long-term when compared to more conventional treatments. Dr. Turner especially recommends PRP therapy to treat injuries of the lumbar spine, which makes up the lower part of your back.
Dr. Turner’s partnership with Greyledge Biotech offers the unique ability to collect data regarding your outcomes, helping us to distinguish what is indicated and not indicated by your blood draw and provide a fully customized PRP treatment experience. If you’d like to learn more about how platelet rich plasma injections can supplement spinal surgery or potentially serve as a nonsurgical treatment for your back pain, Dr. Turner is happy to discuss your questions and concerns with you. If you’re ready to try PRP therapy for yourself, don’t wait. Reach out and schedule your first consultative appointment with us today.
For many patients with longstanding annular tears in the lumbar discs, little conventional treatment is effective at restoring them to the level of relief they seek. Highly advanced injections of BMAC into the torn disc can help patients return to higher levels of function and can more effectively reduce pain over the long term.
Adult “Stem Cells” from bone marrow are the type we use to treat orthopedic injuries. The name was first coined by Dr. Arnold Caplan in 1991 “Mesenchymal Stem Cells” or MSCs for short. The MSCs from bone marrow act like a powerful drug store in a tiny package. These stem cells release powerful signals that help the body provide anti-inflammatory effects, send positive signals to the immune system, stop cell death, and even improve blood flow.
While only a small percentage of bone marrow has MSCs, stem cells remain in higher numbers as we age in the back of the hip bone (pelvis). After numbing a patient so they do not feel any pain, Dr. Turner takes these cells from the hip, and an experienced technician sorts out the unwanted material to get the maximum number of MSCs possible in a sterile processing laboratory. Every sample is then carefully analyzed for high quality before being delivered back into the patient, which is critical to ensuring that our patients have the best long term outcomes.
Next, Dr. Turner uses a combination of sound waves (ultrasound) and X-rays (fluoroscopy) to very precisely guide your own stem cells back into the area of injury in a same day procedure. We call this FDA-compliant procedure Bone Marrow Aspirate Concentrate or BMAC for short.
Some of the most common conditions of the spine include:
Yes! Dr. Turner is also a prolotherapy specialist. Prolotherapy can be used to relieve pain in the tissues inside and around your spine. It works by injecting a small, harmless amount of an irritating substance into the affected area. This irritant will cause a controlled type of inflammation in your spine, and once this inflammation is reduced, your pain will be relieved, and your body’s natural healing process will be stimulated. If you’d like to learn more about prolotherapy for your back pain, reach out to Dr. Turner today.
While Dr. Turner strongly recommends other types of non-invasive therapies to treat injuries and conditions of the spine for long-term results, he is capable of providing epidural steroid injections as well as radiofrequency ablation as part of his practice.
While not all orthobiologic procedures require physical therapy afterwards, Dr. Turner has often seen patients who get PRP or stem cell therapy have increased success with rehabilitation in the weeks after their treatment even when it was difficult beforehand. Physical therapy can be a vital, impossible-to-skip part of your recovery from whatever condition or injury brought you to Dr. Turner’s office in the first place. Dr. Turner’s practice is proud to stand with our patients through every step of their recovery, and we’re proud to offer cutting-edge rehab and prehab therapies -- including blood flow restriction therapy -- that you won’t find elsewhere in Peachtree City. For patients who travel for treatment, ask about our digital rehab solution with Amp Recover. To learn more about our physical therapy support capabilities, reach out to Dr. Turner.