Stem Cell Treatment For Upper & Lower Back Pain
How common is back pain?
Back pain is incredibly common. It can impact anyone. However, there are factors that increase your risks of developing back pain.
- Age. Although people of all ages can experience back pain, the odds of developing back pain increase over time. The older you are, the greater your risk of back pain.
- Physical fitness. Less fit individuals are more likely to develop back pain. The stronger your body is, the less aches and pains you experience.
- Additional weight places additional strain on your body. Over time, this weight can cause wear and tear that results in back pain, among other issues.
- Other diseases and conditions. In many cases, back pain is a symptom of another, larger health issue. Both arthritis and cancer, for example, can cause back pain.
- Genetics. There are some genetic components that may predispose someone to developing back pain.
- Profession. Jobs that involve heavy lifting and pushing or pulling put employees at a risk of back pain. On the other end of the spectrum, jobs that are very sedentary can result in back pain. This is especially true for employees who have poor posture.
- Smoking. Unsurprisingly, smoking worsens the health, causing back pain. Smoker’s cough can cause back pain. The disks in a smoker’s back may not get enough nutrients. Smokers are slower to heal, so otherwise normal wear and tear can be more serious.
Should you speak to a doctor about lower back pain?
Since back pain is so common, people may have trouble determining when something rises to the level of needing a doctor. If you experience any of the following, you need to consider seeking help.
- Weakness, tingling or numbness in your groin, arms or legs
- Leg pain
- Pain worsens when bending over or coughing
- Loss of bladder or bowel control
Additionally, certain patients need to take their back pain more seriously, as it could be a symptom of a larger medical issue. Your back pain should be considered more carefully if you have any of the following.
- Unintentional weight loss
- A history of trauma
- Pain that worsens with time
- Pain that lasts over a month
- Nighttime pain
- A history of IV drug use
- Take medication that weakens your immune system
What is stem cell therapy?
Stem cells are your body’s way of healing itself. Specialized cells, like red blood cells, have a singular job they perform in your body. Adult stem cells, however, are unspecialized. Their only job is producing other, new cells. This is how your body repairs and replaces tissues within itself.
Stem cell therapy focuses on using the adult stem cells within your body to heal the areas of your body that need extra help regenerating.
Adult stem cells are removed from your bone marrow. Afterwards, your doctor will inject them into the area of your upper or lower back that needs healing. These injections are minimally invasive and require minimal recovery time.
Where can I get stem cell treatment for lower back pain?
Prior to receiving stem cell injections from the Stem Cell Orthopedic Institute of Texas, you will need to be evaluated by one of our medical professionals. In addition to having your record reviewed by a physician, you will receive a complete history and physical exam, as well as an MRI and an x-ray overview. Once all the information is on the table, you will receive a recommendation on whether or not you are a candidate for stem cell therapy. Our patient advocates will provide detailed information and address any questions you have regarding your treatment plan.
To schedule your evaluation, call (210) 293-3136 for fast and friendly service.