Cellular Therapy

For most people, aches and pains of life are manageable, but for others, chronic pain can be debilitating. The reasons behind chronic pain are often difficult to pinpoint and treat, and in some cases, the condition may be incurable. The most common treatments for chronic pain include medications and surgery, but these often come with side effects and don’t provide long-term relief.

Triggering the Body’s Natural Healing Response Is Possible With Cellular Therapy.

North Shore Headache and Spine offers cellular therapy to help patients in Huntington, New York, find relief from chronic pain and live life to its fullest. Led by Frank Ocasio, MD, board-certified in anesthesiology and interventional pain management, North Shore Headache and Spine aims to educate patients about medical conditions and provide personalized treatment plans. Dr. Ocasio utilizes cellular therapy, also known as stromal or stem cell therapy, to restore function and improve quality of life without medication.

For most people, aches and pains of life are manageable, but for others, chronic pain can be debilitating. The reasons behind chronic pain are often difficult to pinpoint and treat, and in some cases, the condition may be incurable. The most common treatments for chronic pain include medications and surgery, but these often come with side effects and don’t provide long-term relief.

Cellular therapy using mesenchymal stromal cells may provide a solution to this long-standing problem. These stromal cells can develop into many different types of tissue in the body. When injected into the body, stromal cells can repair and replace damaged cells, helping reduce pain and inflammation. Cellular therapy is still in its early stages of development. There is a lot of research around using stem cells for chronic pain and conditions as a form of regenerative medicine

What Is Cellular therapy?

Cellular therapy, such as stem cells, is the foundation for creating all other cells and is most powerful during embryonic development. During this stage, stem cells form into different types of cells needed to develop life and then multiply. Stem cells can be found in bone marrow, blood, and adipose fat throughout the body. As adults, stem cells are not as powerful but still contain regenerative properties. When people sustain injuries, stem cells are routed to the damaged area to start rebuilding and repairing the tissue but most often not in the most effective quantity needed for complete healing and pain relief.

How Does cellular therapy work?

Cellular therapy involves injecting a substance that contains stem cells into the body. The stem cells migrate to the site where they are needed and begin to repair and replace damaged cells. In some cases, this process can result in the formation of new healthy tissue in the body. Stem cells can become many different types of cells, which gives them the potential to repair a wide range of conditions and symptoms.

Stem cells help the body repair and replace damaged cells through a regeneration process. Stem cells work by replacing damaged cells with cells that have the potential to be normal cells again. In the case of chronic pain, stem cells can help repair damaged nerves and reduce inflammation in the body.

The hip or iliac bone has been known to be rich in stem cells and is a common site for stem cell therapy. Once the cells have been harvested from the body, they are injected into the treatment area using image guidance like ultrasound or fluoroscopy to ensure accurate placement.

What Conditions Can Be Treated With Cellular Therapy?

Stem cells are a natural treatment option that can be used to treat a wide range of pain and conditions, including, but not limited to:

      • Arthritis
      • Chronic pain
      • Connective tissue injury
      • Joint pain
      • Nerve damage
      • Degenerative disc disease
      • Damaged tendons, muscles, and bone
      • Cartilage injuries
      • Spinal discs

What Is A Cellular Therapy Treatment Like?

If you are suffering from chronic pain or an injury, cellular therapy can be a natural and non-surgical option for an improved quality of life. Preparing for a stem cell treatment is easy; stop taking non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs at least two weeks before and after your treatment. The area is cleaned and numbed with a local anesthetic to acquire stem cells from your body. A needle and special syringe are used near the harvesting site, and a sample is sent to the lab to create a concentrated stem cell substance. The treatment area is then cleaned and numbed with a local anesthetic and injected into the target area.

The process takes about one hour, and patients can return home on the same day as the procedure. Patients should avoid load-bearing activity that impacts the treatment area but can return to work or other regular activities within 1-2 days after treatment.

How Soon Will I See the Benefits of Cellular Therapy?

Cellular therapy has many benefits, including:

  • Pain relief
  • Reduced inflammation
  • Shorter recovery time than other treatment options
  • Increased use and range of motion
  • Nature option with long-lasting results
  • General anesthesia is typically not required

While cellular therapy is a tool to heal and repair damaged tissue, it can take time for new healthy tissue to form. Results vary according to condition and severity, but many patients feel results within one to two months that continue to improve until about one year.

Results vary by patient and can depend on the severity of the condition. Most patients feel results within 2-6 weeks after one injection, and more severe injuries or conditions can take up to one month to feel pain relief. Although the healing process begins within 24 hours after an injection, it can take time to make a noticeable difference.


Will Cellular Therapy Give Me Lasting Relief from Pain?

Patient results vary based on unique circumstances and conditions, but many patients experience results that last from six to 18 months.

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Why Choose North Shore Headache and Spine?



With our in-office diagnostic imaging, dozens of innovative treatments, and full regenerative medicine service offerings, we are able to examine, diagnose, and treat patients experiencing chronic pain all under one roof.


Integrative Philosophy

Instead of masking symptoms with a quick-fix approach, we focus on every lifestyle aspect to determine the root causes of pain and develop non-narcotic solutions.



Our team values each and every one of our patients. We understand the toll that chronic pain takes on your physical and mental health, and we’re committed to listening to your concerns and creating the right treatent plan for you.

Pain Management Treatment Options

North Shore Headache and Spine offers the latest modalities for pain treatment, including, but not limited to:


Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) utilizes your body’s natural healing abilities to repair hard and soft tissue damage. PRP concentrates parts of your blood that contain healing growth factors. By running your blood through a centrifuge, we can isolate these restorative substances and inject it back into your tissues to promote healing.

Nerve Blocks

A nerve block delivers a combination of medication and an anesthetic directly into the space surrounding a damaged nerve to quickly relieve pain.

Central and Peripheral Stimulation

Central and peripheral nerve stimulation involves using electric devices to disrupt pain signals from damaged nerves.


Radiofrequency ablation (RFA) is a pain management treatment that uses heat to destroy tissue and prevent pain signals from being sent to the brain. Cryoneurolysis is a nerve-blocking technology to help reduce chronic pain due to nerve damage.

Intracept Basivertebral Nerve Ablation

The Intracept Procedure is a minimally invasive treatment that targets the basivertebral nerve, which is often responsible for lower back pain.

Epidural Blood Patch

An epidural blood patch treatment involves drawing the patient’s blood and re-injecting it into the epidural space to “patch” the tear or leak in the dura of the spine.

Epidural, Steroid, and Trigger Point Injections

Steroid injections, including epidurals and trigger point injections, introduce anti-inflammatory medications into your area of pain to simultaneously alleviate chronic pain and treat inflammation.

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