Autologous Stem Cell Therapy: A Naturopathic Approach to the Treatment of Chronic Low Back and Discogenic Pain.
Low back pain is the leading cause of disability worldwide (Buchbinder 2013). An emerging approach to the treatment of chronic low back pain is the concentration/isolation of autologous mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) harvested from a patient’s own bone marrow and adipose tissue for reinjection into affected structures and tissue beds. This course will briefly summarize the proposed mechanism of injury of autologous stem cell therapy, identify indications for the treatment of low back pain with autologous stem cells, describe treatment protocols, and present original data from a single-site retrospective survey.
Faculty: Harry Adelson, ND
This .5-hour CME activity is designed for all clinicians who treat chronic pain.
Upon completion of this activity, participants should be better able to:
- Summarize the proposed mechanism of injury of autologous stem cell therapy.
- Identify indications for the treatment of low back pain with autologous stem cells.
- Describe treatment protocols for treating low back pain with autologous stem cells.
- Explain the outcomes from a single-site retrospective survey.
Harry Adelson, ND, began his training in regenerative injection therapy (prolotherapy) in 1998 while in his final year at The National College of Naturopathic Medicine, in Portland, Oregeon. During his residency program at the Yale/Griffin Hospital in Derby, Connecticut, he volunteered after hours in a large homeless shelter in Bridgeport, Connecticut, providing regenerative injection therapies to the medically underserved while gaining valuable experience. He opened Docere Clinics in Salt Lake City in 2002 and from day one, his practice has been 100% regenerative injection therapies for the treatment of musculoskeletal pain conditions. In 2006 he incorporated platelet rich plasma and ultrasound-guided injection into his armamentarium, in 2010, bone marrow aspirate concentrate and adipose-derived stem cells, and in 2013, fluoroscopic-guided injection (motion X-ray). Dr. Adelson has performed nearly 4,000 bone marrow and adipose-derived adult stem cell procedures, placing him among those most experienced in the world with use of autologous stem cells for the treatment of musculoskeletal pain conditions. He is the founder of Docere Clinics and practices in Park City, Utah.
Staff and Content Validation Reviewer Disclosures
The staff involved with this activity and any content validation reviewers of this activity have reported no relevant financial relationships with commercial interests.
Planning Committee/Faculty Disclosure
Dr. Adelson reports that he has nothing to disclose.
Debra Nelson-Hogan, Director of Education for the Academy of Integrative Pain Management, reports that she has nothing to disclose.
Cathleen Coneghen, Assistant Director of Education for the Academy of Integrative Pain Management, reports that she has nothing to disclose.
The information provided at this activity is for continuing education purposes only and is not meant to substitute for the independent medical judgment of a health care provider relative to diagnostic and treatment options of a specific patient’s medical condition.
For questions regarding CME for this activity, you may reach the department of education at the Academy of Integrative Pain Management at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For successful completion of this activity, please complete a pre-test; review the article information, and complete a post-test and evaluation following the activity. You will then be prompted to print your certificate. This activity should take approximately .5 hour(s) to complete.
This program is accredited for physicians, nurses, and psychologists. All other clinicians can submit the certificate of attendance upon completion of the program to their licensing boards for consideration of credit.
The Academy of Integrative Pain Management is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
The American Academy of Pain Management designates this educational activity for a maximum of .5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
The Academy of Integrative Pain Management is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP 15881 for .5 contact hour.
The Academy of Integrative Pain Management is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The American Academy of Pain Management maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
The Academy designates this activity for a maximum of .5 CE credit.
- 0.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™
- 0.50 APA
- 0.50 Document of Attendance
- 0.50 Nursing Credit