Experiencing back pain is an unfortunate reality for millions of Americans. Back pain often is caused by a poor diet that leads to inflammation. Back pain also can result from a sedentary work environment, poor posture or from an accident or sports injury.
In many cases, rest and pain relief often work to end your suffering. Physical therapy, a change in diet and starting to exercise also aid your recovery. For more serious conditions, you may need a minimally invasive treatment or even surgery. Sometimes, stem cell therapy may be the best option for your recovery.
Stem Cell Therapy Defined
Stem cells are comprised of your body’s raw materials. These materials, when cultivated properly in a lab, create what are known as “daughter cells.” These daughter cells function in two ways: they either become new stem cells (self-renewal) or they become specialized cells (differentiation) with specific functions.
Stem cell therapy, also known as regenerative medicine, helps your body repair damaged, diseased or improperly functioning tissue. These cells are created in a laboratory from your own cells and then manipulated into functioning in a specific way, for example, to treat spinal-cord injuries.
How Stem Cell Therapy Helps Your Spinal Injury
Adult stem cells typically are taken from your own bone marrow. Treated stem cells are then injected into the affected area in your spine to facilitate healing and to promote regeneration of the tissue that’s still viable within the disc.
Each dose of stem cells injected into damaged discs contains about six million cells. These cells curb inflammation and aid in rebuilding damaged tissue. This treatment effectively stops the need for opioids once healing is complete.
Best Candidates for Stem Cell Therapy
Stem cell therapy isn’t for everyone. The procedure is recommended on a case-by-case basis. But if you feel this would be a good treatment option for you, the team at Southeastern Spine Institute (SSI) can explain your options and what’s involved with the process. Some of the conditions that may qualify you for treatment are joint pain, arthritis, tendonitis and swelling or stiffness in your discs. Other conditions that may benefit from stem cell therapy include:
- Osteoarthritis. When the cartilage in your spine breaks down, it produces spurs that put pressure on nerves.
- Discogenic back pain. One or more of your discs are a source of pain.
- Spinal facet pain. Pain in the back typically felt in the lower region and buttock, causing you to hunch over.
- Chronic radiculopathy. When nerves are compressed in the spine, it causes numbness, tingling, pain and weakness. This condition can happen in any region of the spine.
- Sacroiliac joint pain. Pain from the SI joint is described as sharp and stabbing. It travels from your hips to your pelvis, lower back and thighs.
The Recovery Process
Immediately after the procedure, you’re typically required to stay in the hospital for observation until you’ve stabilized. In the months following treatment, you’ll be on medication to help prevent infection. Your spine doctor will provide post-procedure aftercare instructions. Make sure you follow them.
Your life doesn’t have to be limited by back pain or the stress that comes with it. Contact SSI today about the efficacy of stem cell therapy to treat your back pain and improve your quality of life.