Back pain caused by bulging or herniated discs, degenerative conditions in the spine or injury can be treated with stem cell therapy. Spinal disc degeneration and disc herniations are two of the most common causes of back pain. They particularly affect the lumbar spine (lower back). Spinal discs act as shock absorbers in the spine which enable it to bend and twist. They are positioned between each vertebra and are soft and compressible.
As we age, our spinal discs experience a certain amount of wear and tear. However, arthritis, injuries and extreme wear and tear through exercise can cause the discs to degenerate faster. Over time the normal cells inside the disc are damaged and hydration is lost which leads to tears in the disc’s internal structures.
This wear and tear causes symptoms such as stiffness, weakness and unrelenting pain, all of which need to be treated by a leading back pain doctor.
A herniated disc (also called a ruptured or slipped disc) is when a disc between two vertebrae slips out of place and irritates the surrounding nerves. It is one of the most common causes of sciatica, which is burning pain and numbness in the leg.
Initial treatment methods for low back pain and herniated discs include exercise, physiotherapy, anti-inflammatory medicines, and therapeutic injections. In more serious cases, invasive surgery such as spinal fusion may be required.
Patients can avoid spinal fusion surgery, which is a highly invasive procedure by having stem cell therapy, Lipogems® adipose tissue transfer, and Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy, and PRP for back pain and disc herniations. The treatments can potentially repair the damaged disc, rehydrate the disc, restore function and stop the pain.
Back and spinal conditions which can be treated with Lipogems® and PRP include:
Stem cells are simply your own body cells that can renew themselves and turn into other cells (differentiate). They live inside all of us in various tissues; their job is to repair damage as it occurs. We all know when we have a cut or injury our body repairs itself. As we age or experience big injuries, we may not be able to recruit enough of these cells to the site to fully repair the area.
The Lipogems procedure helps overcome this problem by extracting your own cells from an area of high volume, then concentrating the cells and re-injecting them into the damaged area to help the body heal naturally.
This procedure can be used for a wide range of conditions and are the tool of choice for injuries, arthritis and other conditions that may be more significant than what may be treated with our Platelet Rich Plasma or Platelet Lysate Procedures.