How Stem Cell Treatment Can Help Spine Conditions
Chronic back pain is one of the most common—and most incapacitating—conditions that many Americans experience. Back pain can arise from any number of sources. While treatments vary, many back pain sufferers find themselves forced to figure a way to live with the pain.
Spinal Diseases that Cause Back Pain
While there are many possible causes for back pain, from pulled muscles to sleeping arrangements, chronic back pain often stems from a spine-related condition. These are typically degenerative conditions that can leave sufferers with increasing levels of pain as the condition progresses. Here are some of the most common spinal conditions:
In spinal stenosis, patients experience back pain as the result of pressure on the nerves within the spinal column. Usually occurring either in the lower back or the neck, spinal stenosis results from the spaces within the spine narrowing, which can lead to pain, tingling, numbness, and other symptoms.
Degenerative Disc Disease
Degenerative disc disease occurs when the discs of cartilage that cushion individual vertebrae break down. This causes the bones to rub against each other, producing pain and causing bone spur growth.
While most people think of osteoarthritis as a problem with fingers and knees, it can actually strike any joint in the body, including the spine. Osteoarthritis occurs when the flexible protective tissues around bones and cartilage begin to break down over time causing inflammation and pain.
How Stem Cell Treatment Could Help to Relieve Back Pain
While traditional methods for treating back pain combine painkillers with physical therapy, stem cell therapy offers another option.
Stem cell treatment for spinal conditions can be derived from adipose (fat), bone marrow aspirate, or donated umbilical cord tissues. These cells, also known as mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs), have the ability to differentiate into various types of tissue. MSCs have the potential to rebuild damaged areas, including discs and bone, which can help to relieve much of the pain associated with conditions that cause back pain.
While research continues to explore all of the ways that stem cells can help the body to heal, studies have shown that these treatments have the potential to improve back pain and provide a better quality of life for patients.
This post was written by a medical professional at Stemedix Inc. At Stemedix we provide access to Regenerative Medicine for traumatic brain injury, also known as stem cell for spinal stenosis. Regenerative medicine has the natural potential to help improve symptoms sometimes lost from the progression of many conditions.