Back Pain and Degenerative Disc Disease
Stem Cell Therapy Injections to Treat Intervertebral Disc Pain
Many patients have now had Stem Cell Treatment for lower back pain especially lower back pain due to Degenerative Disk Disease
Biologic Stem Cell Therapy Injections into the disc may calm the inflammation, reduce pain, and may help repair the flattened, brittle or protruding disc. It is an alternative to surgical removal of the disc or fusion surgery.
Beginning at middle age, our disc degeneration begins with the discs losing fluid, flattening and becoming more brittle. The flattening of the discs can lead to arthritis of the small jointsof the back (the facet joints) as they lose their usual spacing. As discs become more brittle, they can develop tears which can be a source of pain from the discs themselves. The soft center of the disc (Nucleus Pulposus) is inflammatory and the fibrous ring (Annulus Fibrosus) has a lot of nerve endings. A large tear in the fibrous ring can lead to a protrusion or extrusion of the soft center that may irritate a spinal nerve root causing radiating leg pains, commonly called “sciatica.”
Often, a painful disc will heal itself in a couple of months, but due to poor blood flow pain can become chronic.
How Does Stem 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 an MRI of your lower back 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 stem cell treatment for your back.
The aim of using Stem Cell Therapy 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 symptom relief and recovery of the damaged area of the disc and spine.
At the Boston Stem Cell Center, we use a patient’s own stem cells to repair the damaged spinal joints naturally. Stem cells exist in high concentrations in bone marrow and fat, which can be aspirated with minimal discomfort, and then injected into the damaged area of the spine along with concentrated platelet rich plasma.
With the support of platelet rich plasma, stem cells provide the precursor cells for repair and also change the environment in the spine from inflammatory to healing and regenerating. Stem cells will then begin to heal the damaged area of the spine by stimulating cellular proliferation and local repair processes, and by reducing inflammation, resulting in pain relief and improved function.
A single stem cell treatment should be sufficient to yield good results. This is usually combined with additional platelet rich plasma injections to reinforce the activity of stem cells. We do all our back stem cell procedures under X-Ray fluoroscopic guidance to increase accuracy and decrease the likelihood of complications. This is especially important for all back injections and procedures.
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Is Stem Cell Treatment Right For You?
Although Stem Cell Treatment is considered by some people to be experimental, various research studies show that regenerative stem cell therapy and platelet rich plasma injections can provide excellent relief from joint and musculoskeletal pain and ongoing inflammation.