Stem Cell Therapy For Lower Back Pain
Back pain is incredibly common. Any number of conditions, diseases or injuries can cause back pain to develop. As you age, your odds of suffering from some form of back pain dramatically increase. Disc degeneration and arthritis in the spine are common sources of back pain in older individuals. Whether or not your back will require serious pain management is determined by many variables, such as genetics and your profession. It is up to you and your doctor to identify the source of your back pain and treat it accordingly. If you need a starting point for your search, consider the following conditions that can cause recurring, persistent pain in the back.
Lumbar Degenerative Disc Disease
Degenerative disease is when the discs between your vertebrae degenerate over time. These discs act as shock absorbers, preventing damage from happening to your spine. Without them, you can develop chronic pain. The word “lumbar” refers to your lower back.
The word “disease” in “degenerative disc disease” is slight misleading. This is a condition and it is not contagious.
Your spine is incredibly important to remaining mobile and independent. How mobile you are is directly related to how functional your spine is. If an area or component of the back is injured, in addition to causing localized pain, your body may overcompensate. When moving one way hurts, your body will guide you in another direction. Unfortunately, by carrying your weight improperly, you cause wear and tear to other areas of your body, resulting in problems with the stability and functionality.
This is a very common condition. There are more than three million cases per year.
Given that degenerative disc disease develops as we age, it isn’t surprising that many people find themselves dealing with it eventually. As discs lose fluid, they become less flexible and do a poorer job of absorbing shocks to the back caused by ordinary movement. As a result, the discs become thinner, compounding the issues with their dryness.
Symptoms can include but not limited to
* A pain that radiates one or more buttocks
* Stiffness when arising from a seated position
* Pins and needles
* Reduced sensation of touch
* Muscle spasms
It is worth noting that, for some people, there are no symptoms. In the absence of bone spurs or pinched nerves, patients may not realize their discs have degenerated. However, if you have lost any height as you aged, you are absolutely experiencing degenerative disc disease.
Lumbar Facet Joint Arthritis
The spine is formed by a series of vertebral bodies, which are stacked one on top of one another. On each side of the vertebral bodies, there are tiny connector joints called facet joints.
The facet joints are small stabilizing joints that act as the connections or facets between the bones and the spine. The nerve roots pass through these joints to go from the spinal cord to the limbs and other parts of the body.
Arthritic changes and inflammation can develop in these facet joints. The nerves to the facet joints can convey severe and diffuse pain.
Symptoms can include but not limited to:
The symptoms of lumbar facet joint arthritis are very similar to the symptoms of a herniated disc.
* A discomfort when leaning backward
* Loss of flexibility in the spine area
* Acute episodes of pain that come and go
This condition may be hard to recognize as it does not follow the nerve root pattern; therefore, the brain may have trouble pinpointing the exact area of the pain.
Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction
The sacrum is a triangular shaped bone that is located above the tailbone and below the lumbar region of the spine. The sacroiliac joint is the connector between the tailbone and the pelvis. It consists of five fused vertebral segments. The sacrum is connected to the pelvic bone, also known as the iliac crest, on the right and left sides at the sacroiliac joints. These joints act as shock-absorbing structures and typically only move a small amount. These joints have a huge impact on your mobility.
Sacroiliac joint dysfunction occurs when this joint at the bottom of your spine moves improperly. It can cause pain in the low back and legs. If inflammation of the joints develops here, it is known as sacroiliitis.
Stem Cell for Back Pain
Millions of people undergo painful lumbar spine surgeries yearly. These procedures can make a huge difference to individuals who have lost their independence because of chronic pain. It is, however, a major surgery with serious risks. When low back surgeries experience complications, the patient can be left with decreased mobility, decreased activity levels, chronic pain, chronic muscle spasms, depression and employment issues. Additionally, low back surgeries and fusions require lengthy recoveries. Treating degenerative disc disease with stem cells gives patients another avenue to explore as they try to return to health. Stem cell therapy uses your body’s adult stem cells to decrease inflammation in your discs or joints to help regenerate tissue and manage pain. With stem cell injections, there is no scarring and no cutting of the spinal musculature. This decreases your likelihood of experiencing a muscle injury or residual low back pain after surgery. Additionally, using injections instead of more invasive surgical options limits complication rates and morbidity.
Are experiencing pain or discomfort from a bulging disc, suffer from degenerative disc disease, or have any of the conditions mentioned above? If so, you may be a candidate for stem cell injections. Call our office today at (210) 293-3136 to schedule your medical consultation and find out if stem cell therapy is right for you.