We all age. But we don’t all want to live with the effects of aging. Aches and pains, especially chronic back pain, are highly common conditions that occur during the aging process. For some, the pain can be so severe, that the patient requires significant medical intervention, like surgery, to reduce the pain.
But no one wants to go through surgery, so scientists in the field of regenerative medicine are looking for ways to reduce, and possibly even cure, pain caused by the effects of aging. One area that they’ve had great success is in helping fight degenerative disc disease with the use of stem cells.
Stem Cell Therapy
Stem cells are a type of “blank” cell that can take on the characteristics of another cell to heal the body after damage. For example, if you damage a joint in your knee, stem cells in the knee will take on the characteristics of the joint cells, bind with the remaining joint cells, and rebuild the knee. Stem cells play a role in repairing almost every area of the body.
Stem Cell Therapy for Degenerative Disc Disease
One of the most common conditions in the spine is known as “Degenerative Disc Disease.” The spine is made up of several vertebrae/bones. In between those bones are these discs of connective tissue, which cushion the spine, improve movement, and prevent pain.
As a result of either age or injury, the discs begin to lose moisture and become damaged. Eventually they may be unable to perform their job, and may not be able to cushion the spine, protect the nerves, or allow for easy movement. This is one of the most common causes of back pain.
For patients that struggle with DDD – especially younger patients that have degenerative disc disease that is limited to only a few discs – stem cell injections may help. Injecting these stem cells directly into the disc tends to cause the discs to create new, healthier cells that are better able to cushion the spine. Studies have shown that most patients tend to experience little to no pain after only 3 months, and most continue to be pain free for several years – all while avoiding surgery.
Is Stem Cell Therapy for Degenerative Disc Disease Right for You?
Stem cell therapy is an excellent, non-surgical alternative treatment to Degenerative Disc Disease. But it depends on the individual. We’ll need to assess the cause of your back pain, where your issue is located, your age, and your overall physical profile. For more information, or to schedule your appointment, please call Ortho Stem Cell Atlanta today at 678-726-8713.