About The Clinic

Comprehensive Spine & Sports offers non-surgical treatment of a broad range of orthopedic conditions. We utilize cutting-edge diagnostic and treatment procedures and provide innovative, regenerative, and minimally invasive approaches to treat patients with acute and chronic pain conditions, including traumatic sports- and work-related injuries, conditions related to arthritis, joint degeneration, and age-related symptoms.

We provide a full spectrum of conventional, complementary and regenerative medicine approaches that set our clinic apart from other interventional spine and sports clinics. We perform thorough medical evaluations and utilize accurate diagnostic equipment and image-guided procedures to identify the precise problems that patients experience in order to help them resolve those most effectively. We use a personalized treatment approach, create specific rehabilitation protocols, holistic nutritional and naturopathic recommendations, acupuncture, prolotherapy, and regenerative and stem cell injections.

We offer regenerative medicine treatments, using the patient’s own tissue and stem cells, in the form of platelet rich plasma, bone marrow aspirate, and stem cell rich fatty tissue, as well as amniotic type of products, in an attempt to enhance an individual’s ability to heal and regenerate. All procedures are performed under ultrasound or fluoroscopic guidance to assure precise delivery of the cells directly to the site of injury.

REGENERATIVE TREATMENT PROCEDURES WE OFFER:

Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Injection Treatment

The PRP procedure involves injecting the patients’ own growth factors into the injured area, causing a healing cascade to repair damaged or degenerated tissue by promoting growth of new cells and rebuilding new tissue in the damaged area. PRP has been shown to cause new cell growth in ligaments and tendons without significant side effects.


Autologous Fat Aspirate Grafting (AFG)

Autologous Fat Grafting (also known as Adipose Derived Stromal Vascular  Cell Grafting) is used primarily for additional cushioning and scaffolding in a treatment of advanced structural injuries. In addition, it provides a more condensed source of autologous progenitor type reparative cells (form one’s own body) and acts as a rich matrix for cellular tissue and growth factors to gradually heal a defect.


Amniotic Fluid and Growth Factors

Amniotic fluid and amniotic tissue based products are rich in growth factors and embryonic cells which can assist in tissue healing and remodeling.

Amniotic products are typically extracted from the amniotic fluid or/and amniotic membranes after a pregnant woman has delivered her baby. The amniotic fluid surrounds the fetus during development in the uterus and it is contained by the amniotic membrane. Research has demonstrated the regenerative potential of amniotic tissue in wound healing. Tissue banks handle the amniotic tissue storage, testing and delivery, to assure its safety and efficacy.

Amniotic products can provide reduction in pain, inflammation and improve symptoms of arthritis or ligaments, tendons, meniscal injuries and many others with not many known negative reactions. This experimental injection treatment can be combined with lubricating hyaluronic acid to increase the efficacy and to improve tissue healing, lubrication, cushioning and protection. Some of the big advantages using these products are: easy recovery and prevention of patients’ own tissue extraction need.


Bone Marrow Aspirate

Bone Marrow Concentrate (BMC) is an advanced regenerative therapy to help accelerate healing of musculoskeletal injuries, including moderate to severe osteoarthritis, spinal problems as well as tendon and ligament injuries. Similar to Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP), or autologous fat grafting (AFG), BMC harnesses the body’s natural ability to heal itself by using regenerative cells found in a patient’s own bone marrow. Bone marrow is the liquid/soft tissue found in the hollow interior of bones. In adults, marrow contains a rich reservoir that produces new blood cells, including regenerative stem cells. These cells can be extracted from a patient’s pelvis and used for BMC injection therapy.

I have Osteoarthritis related to Lyme Disease.  My knees have had the most noticeable impact, chronically painful and swollen.  It was suggested I would need both knees replaced.  I was referred to Dr. Irina Melnik. After an examination, she was concerned about the advanced degree of my arthritis. Following our discussion about treatment options, I moved forward with the stem cell injections.  I was overwhelmed with the amount of relief and I am now pain free when I walk. I am so glad I made this choice and I am very grateful to Dr. Melnik.
Virginia Kahn

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