Spine and Back Pain
Cellular Therapy Maybe An Alternative
To Back Surgery
Many patients have turned to Cell Therapy as a better alternative to traditional treatments for chronic back pain, with an easier and faster recovery and with significantly less complications.
Back pain is the most common musculoskeletal disorder. Facet joint disorders, particularly osteoarthritis, are among the most frequent causes of back pain. The joints in our spine, along with the intervertebral discs located between each spinal bone, provide strength and flexibility to the spine. Arthritic joint diseases and disc degeneration, which are often associated, cause destabilization of the spine,
resulting in pain and disability.
Traditional treatments for chronic back pain are mostly based on a couple of options. One possibility is to manage pain through continued use of medication or through repeated injections of analgesic drugs. This promotes pain relief but does not treat or eliminate the source of the pain. The other possibility is surgery, usually to fuse parts of the spine, which reduces spine mobility and, in some cases, may fail to eliminate pain and may even require patients to keep taking medication for pain management.
SPINE / BACK CONDITIONS
- Degenerative Disc Disease
- Facet Joint Arthritis
- Facet Joint Dysfunction
- Iliolumbar Ligament Inflammation or Tear
- Interspinous Ligament Degeneration
- Lumbar Arthritis
- Sacroiliac Joint Arthritis
- Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction
- Disc Bulge / Disc Protrusion / Disc Herniation / Slipped Disc
- Disc Bulge / Disc Protrusion / Disc Herniation / Slipped Disc
- Disc Tears
- Sciatica / Pinched Nerve
- Post Laminectomy Syndrome
- Post Spinal Fusion Surgery Pain
- Failed Back Surgery Syndrome
Alternative to Back Pain Surgery
The biggest problem with spine surgery is its low success and high failure rates.
- Spinal Fusion: Spinal Fusion surgery today is similar to when it was first done by Dr. Fritz Lange in 1909. The failure rate of back fusion surgery is can be as high as 50 percent. More than 30 percent of spinal fusion patients report increased back pain within 12 months following the surgery. Furthermore, a staggering majority of spinal fusion patients report that post surgery, they still require strong pain medication to manage their chronic pain.
- Discectomy: Up to 36% of Discectomy patients report significant back and leg pain 2 years post discectomy.
- Laminectomy: Up to 30% of laminectomy patients report no change or increased pain 12 months after surgery.
Regenerative Medicine Treatments for back pain
The aim of the regenerative medicine procedures is to use your own body’s natural healing to slow down, suppress and even reverse damaging inflammatory processes and generate new tissue to repair injury. This can lead to recovery of the damaged area of the spine resulting in less pain and more mobility.
There are a range of state-of-the-art regenerative treatments now available for back pain. The exact treatment for you depends on your particular back problems.
How Does Orthobiologic Cell Therapy for Back Pain Work?
It is critical to establish the actual cause and specific location of your back pain before treatment. You will need a recent MRI of your lower back (taken within the last 12 months) and a full new patient evaluation visit to us so we can establish or confirm the actual cause of your lower back pain. Then we can recommend the most appropriate treatment for you, which may be orthobiologic treatment for your back.
Customized treatment: No “one size fits all.”
We have a range of Regenerative Medicine Procedures that we can mix, match and customize to treat your back pain. We work closely with you, as well as your physicians and allied health care providers, to develop a complete, multi-disciplinary treatment plan that will optimize your function, improve your quality of life and help you return to the person you used to be.
The aim of using Regenerative Medicine is to support the self-healing process of the affected joints, generate new tissue, repair injury and slow down, suppress and even reverse damaging inflammatory processes. This should lead to recovery of the damaged area of the disc and spine and less pain with more mobility.
Intervertebral Discs Procedures:
COMBINED FACET JOINT / INTERVERTEBRAL DISCS PROCEDURES:
REgenerative Medicine Components:
Platelet rich plasma therapy (PRP) is the re-administration of your own platelets to into your intervertebral discs to activate the body’s natural healing cascade for repair and regeneration.
PRP has been successfully used for the management of several musculoskeletal conditions such as ligamentous tear, joint inflammatory disorders, torn tendons and muscular problems. Platelet Rich Plasma is prepared by centrifuging a small amount of a patient’s blood to obtain a platelet-rich sample. The platelets are activated and then injected under X-ray guidance into your intravertebral disc.
Intradiscal Bone Marrow Aspirate in the injection of your bone marrow aspirate into your intervertebral discs. Your bone marrow contains certain types of regenerative cells. All of your body organs or structures are made of countless cells.
This may be combined with The Discseel® Procedure which seals disc tears (see below.)
The Discseel® Procedure
Tears in the our rim of your intevertebral disc (called the annulus fibrosus) can be the cause of your ongoing back pain after surgery. The Discseel® Procedure is a revolutionary procedure using an FDA approved biologic to repair your damaged spinal discs. It is a minimally invasive procedure that injects the biologic into intervertebral discs. This is able to repair and seal damaged spinal discs, even after spinal fusions and can be combined with Bone Marrow Aspirate to further promote healing.
The Discseel® Procedure has been successful in over 70% of back pain patients who have not had prior back back surgery and in 62% of patients that previously had a failed spinal procedure, including spinal fusions.
CONSIDERING SPINEL FUSION?
Nature of Procedure
Approximately 40-50% of spinal fusions fail, resulting in persistent or greater pain.
About 70% of patients report significant pain relief.
2-4 weeks of extremely painful movement (using a walking frame) followed by 6-12 months of difficult rehabilitation
Up and moving within 24 hours. Increasing activity as tolerated.
May have relief after 6-12 months.
Significant relief usually 3-6 months post procedure. Improvement can continue for 1 year and onwards.
No. (Failure rate on re-operation after spinal fusion surgery is greater than 70%.)
Yes. (If you still want to go that route.)
ENJOY LIFE AGAIN WITHOUT PAIN OR SURGERY
Find out if you are eligible for our treatments.
Is Orthobiological Cell Treatment Right For You?
Although Orthobiologic Treatments are considered by some people to be experimental, various research studies show that cellular therapy and platelet rich plasma injections may provide excellent relief from joint and musculoskeletal pain and ongoing inflammation.