Stem cell therapy is showing promising outcomes for pain relief in joints such as the shoulder, knees, and spine. As a result, pain management doctors are increasingly using these regenerative cells to help patients get relief.
Stem cells are making the difference for some people by helping them live with less pain.
Backed by Studies and Clinical Trials
A 2014 study published in the World Journal of Stem Cells discussed the use of stem cells harvested from bone, fat, and muscle tissue and their regenerative purposes in humans. Specifically, the spine was focused on in this study because there is a huge need to provide solutions for the millions who live with back pain.
Spine surgeons are now taking a closer look at the potential that stem cells hold in therapeutic treatment because both animal and human studies have shown such positive results.
This 2014 study looked at how stem cell therapy may be able to help heal the following concerns after spinal fusion surgery:
- Nerve Damage
- Muscular Injury
- Spinal Disc Degeneration
- Loss of Bone Mass
How Stem Cell Therapy Works
Stem cells can be harvested from fat, blood, muscle or bone tissue to become multi-purpose cells when transferred to an injured area. They achieve this by multiplying themselves in the injured area while also specializing their function to repair and regenerate damaged tissue.
Damage in the spine is especially painful because there are more nerves running through the spine than any other area of the body. These bundles of nerve fibers branch out to the extremities, so if they are pinched or damaged, the pain that results can be life altering.
Other areas of the spine where pain can stem from include the discs and bones. When discs are damaged or have deteriorated, the cushion that once offered shock absorption and ease of movement are compromised. Spinal bones can then rub together, causing grinding, nerve damage, and extreme pain.
In some cases, stem cell therapy has helped to regenerate disc tissue, repair muscle cells, and improve neural damage. The 2014 study mentioned above found that stem cells harvested from muscle or bone marrow were able to generate new muscle or nerve tissue, depending on where they were transplanted.
This offers great hope for also using stem cells derived from other sources, such as Platelet Rich Plasma, to treat back pain.
Lumbar Epidural Treatment Using Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)
One of the most common places where back pain occurs is in the lumbar, or lower, region of the spine. Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) is a stem cell based treatment currently being used to address Lumbar Radiculopathy, or lower back pain.
A 2016 study published in the Journal of Clinical & Diagnostic Research found that PRP helped to reduce nerve pain caused from bulging discs (prolapsed intervertebral discs). After injection, 9 out of 10 patients had a significantly lower pain score (less than 5 out of 10) at the three-month mark with no need for pain medications.
Back Pain Relief Using PRP Stem Cell Therapy
Are you thinking of exploring stem cell therapy for your back pain? Ask us about how this cutting edge treatment may be able to help you get the relief you’ve been looking for.
Call Advanced Pain Medical Group in Los Angeles today at (818) 208-1262.
We have back pain clinics in Beverly Hills, West Hills, Thousand Oaks, Oxnard, Bakersfield, and Valencia, California.