I suffer from constant, dull lower back pain. Is surgery my only option for relief?
Back and neck pain are, unfortunately, one of the most common reasons patients visit our office. There are many causes of neck and back pain, and about 95 percent of patients can manage conservatively with physical therapy, cortisone injections, massage, osteopathic or chiropractic manipulation, medications and time.
When these treatments have failed to alleviate the pain, conventional treatment may turn to surgery to take away the pain. In many cases, however, surgery is not the best answer and sometimes may not even help a patient.
Advanced Stem Cell Treatments Can Help
Early research has shown that treatment with non-surgical regenerative therapies such as bone marrow concentrate (stem cell) injections and prolotherapy have been helpful for treating a number of conditions for the spine. Regenerative medicine treatments activate your body’s own adult stem cells and blood platelets to stimulate healing and speed repair for bone, muscle, joint, soft tissue and nerve injuries.
We all have healing stem cells in our bodies. Primarily found in bone marrow and fatty tissue, these cells act as repairmen and can regenerate into the type of cell that is needed when injected into an injured area. There are several kinds of stem cells. Mesenchymal stem cells (MSC) are the type that we use in orthopedic treatments.
MSCs have the strongest potential to repair muscle, bone, joint and soft tissue injuries.
These cells have the ability to self-replicate, reduce inflammation and differentiate into cartilage, bone, muscle and fat cells to help the body regenerate the lost tissue in the injured area.
They can activate your body’s ability to heal itself.
Healing Back Pain
For example, when these cells are placed in an injured environment, such as a degenerated disc of the back, the cells will recognize that the disc cells have started to break down and will help to regenerate them to give the discs more water content and volume. Also, in the case of degenerative disc disease, stem cells produce anti-inflammatory proteins (cytokines), which help to reduce pain and improve disability related to the spine.
Call to schedule an appointment to discuss your treatment options with a physician to determine if stem cell treatment is appropriate for you. The consultation is covered by most insurance carriers.
Have questions about musculoskeletal conditions such as arthritis, chronic pain and injuries? Send your questions to Reuben Gobezie, MD at [email protected]. He is founder/director of The Cleveland Shoulder Institute, GO Ortho and Regen Orthopedics. For more information, visit clevelandshoulder.com, regenorthopedics.com or godoctornowList item 2