Aging, poor posture, and everyday wear and tear can all contribute to back pain. However, intense discomfort lasting more than three months is considered chronic pain. Chronic back pain can be highly debilitating, significantly reduces your quality of life, and may be an indicator of an underlying condition like disc degeneration, herniated discs, spinal stenosis, and arthritis. If you suffer from chronic back pain, stem cell therapy may be a suitable treatment option for you.
Stem Cell Therapy
Stem cell therapy is an exciting new innovative, non-surgical development in back pain treatment. This therapy is a type of regenerative medicine, which means the stem cells facilitate restoration and renewal of damaged tissues.
When injected, the stem cells adapt to their environment and integrate with their surroundings to perform the functions required to heal the injured area. The stem cells used in this treatment can:
- Transform into whichever cells the injured area needs
- Self-renew by continuing to repair and restore the body after injection
- Reduce discomfort by acting as an anti-inflammatory
In the case of chronic back pain, stem cells can be injected into the affected area to help reduce pain and inflammation, stimulate tissue regeneration, and improve overall mobility and functionality. In some cases, this therapy can even help to reverse the underlying cause of chronic back pain.
What Are Stem Cells?
Stem cells are unique cells that can transform into muscle, bone, and cartilage, depending on what your body needs. If you are about to undergo stem cell therapy, the cells are harvested from your body, usually from bone marrow or fat tissue. Stem cells can also be harvested from your blood. The stem cells are then prepared and injected into the affected area of the back. Once injected, the stem cells can repair and regenerate damaged tissues.
What Conditions Can Be Treated With Stem Cell Therapy?
Because of its versatility, stem cell therapy has been used to treat back pain conditions like sciatica, spinal stenosis, and degenerative disc disease.
Sciatica is a condition characterized by pain that originates in the lower back and radiates along the sciatic nerve, which runs from the lower back through the buttocks and down the legs. The pain can range from a mild ache to a sharp, burning sensation or even a jolt of electric shock-like pain.
Sciatica symptoms include pain, numbness, or tingling in the lower back, buttocks, and legs and difficulty moving the legs and feet. Sciatica is usually caused by a herniated disc, bone spur, or a narrowing of the spine.
2. Spinal Stenosis
Spinal stenosis is when the area around the spinal cord narrows and puts pressure on the spinal cord and nerve roots. Symptoms of spinal stenosis include pain, numbness, tingling, and weakness in the legs and feet. It is usually caused by an overgrowth of bone, a herniated disc, or a thickening of the ligaments that surround the spine.
3. Degenerative Disc Disease
Degenerative disc disease is a condition that occurs when the discs in the spine wear down or become damaged over time as a result of age, injury, or repetitive motion. This process can cause pain, stiffness, and limited mobility.
Symptoms of degenerative disc disease include pain in the lower back, buttocks, and legs, numbness, tingling, and weakness in the legs and feet.
Is Stem Cell Therapy Right For You?
Stem cell therapy is a promising new treatment for back pain, but it is important to talk to your doctor to determine if it is right for you. If you are considering stem cell therapy, ask your doctor about the potential risks and benefits.
Find out if stem cell therapy is right for your back pain – schedule an appointment today!