Treatment for back and neck pain often focuses on alleviating your symptoms. Dedicated to helping you get long-term relief from your pain, experienced spine surgeon Timothy Spencer, DO, at Greater Michigan Spine & Neurosurgery offers regenerative medicine to support healing of the diseased or damaged tissue responsible for your pain. To learn more about regenerative medicine and how it can help you get back to living your life, contact one of the offices in Battle Creek, Michigan, by phone tool.

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What is regenerative medicine?

Regenerative medicine is an up-and-coming area of medical care focused on healing diseased and damaged tissue to alleviate pain and improve health, rather than simply prescribing medication to manage symptoms. 

The goal of regenerative medicine is to use your body’s own resources to repair your diseased or damaged tissue and restore its normal structure and function. 

Dr. Spencer is an experienced spine surgeon devoted to providing you with the most advanced treatments and therapies to help you get the relief you need, which includes the latest in regenerative medicine. 

What are the types of regenerative medicine?

Regenerative medicine includes several therapies. To support your body’s natural healing powers, Dr. Spencer uses adult stem cells and exosomes.

Adult stem cells

Your body has its own set of stem cells, which are undifferentiated (blank) cells that have the ability to transform into specialized cells, such as muscle, bone, or brain cells, based on your needs. These stem cells support your body’s natural healing and regenerative processes. Unfortunately, poor blood supply may prevent delivery of your stem cells to the tissues that need them.

Dr. Spencer offers adult stem cell implantation at Greater Michigan Spine & Neurosurgery. Using an FDA-patented technique, he harvests your body’s own stem cells, processes them, and then injects the stem cells above and below the site of your injury. 


Like stem cells, your body makes exosomes. Your cells release exosomes, which are like little packages of genetic material and proteins, in response to an injury. The extracellular substances serve as messengers and tell the cells in the injured area what they need to do. 

In regenerative medicine, exosomes support the healing process and help rejuvenate activity in your older cells. 

Am I a good candidate for regenerative medicine?

Dr. Spencer is world-renowned for his experience in treating spinal cord injuries and degenerative disc disease using regenerative medicine. He conducts a comprehensive evaluation that includes a strict screening process to determine if you’re a good candidate.

He offers regenerative medicine as a treatment option for patients who:

  • Have severe neurological deficits
  • Are searching for alternatives to surgery
  • Need additional healing support after surgery

To schedule a consultation with Dr. Spencer to see if regenerative medicine can help, call Greater Michigan Spine & Neurosurgery today.