Back Injuries & Stem Cells
Falls. Car accidents. Sports injuries. Repetitive heavy lifting. Post-menopausal or andropausal hormone depletion. All of these factors can contribute – some suddenly and some gradually – to the degeneration of your spine, causing pain that can leave you severely incapacitated.
When simple daily tasks become grueling chores – as they do for millions of Americans every year – you should protect your lifestyle and joy with the most potent possible treatments available. When pharmaceuticals, exercise, weight loss, and surgery are ineffective or undesirable, stem cell therapy may be your ideal option.
Unlike surgeons who remove tissue and bone from your body, we harvest the most potent regenerative treatment known to science: mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs). MSCs can stimulate your own damaged cells’ regenerative potential to restore your tissue, eliminate your pain, and revive your range of movement, along with the joy that movement brings.
Depending on your age, body type, genetics, and injury severity, the live-nucleated cells we deliver to your tissue may continue producing human growth factors for weeks, sometimes even months. As with all medical procedures, success rates will also vary depending on all these factors.
Common causes of back injuries and chronic lower back strain include:
- injured ligaments, muscles, and tendons
- lumbar disc degeneration
- herniated or slipped discs: the soft tissue between spinal discs slips out
- bulging discs: these may put pressure on a nerve root, causing pain
- degenerative disc disease: torn or worn discs cause bones to rub against each other
- inflammation of sacroiliac joint: wearing away of cartilage between spine and pelvis
- pinched nerve: caused by bone spur or herniated disc
- spondylolisthesis: a spinal bone slips out of position in the lower back
- arthritis: the degenerative form of spondylolisthesis
- sudden trauma: falls and accidents cause sprains, strains, and fractures
- osteoporosis: weakened vertebra can’t withstand normal stress and easily fracture
- lifestyle factors: slouching, smoking, inactivity, long-term high heel wear, and stress
Back injuries are diagnosed through a variety of tests, such as:
- a complete health history assessment and thorough physical exam
- x-rays to detect broken bones and fractures
- CT or MRI scans to provide details about spinal discs
- bone scans to detect compression fractures
Mesenchymal stem cells have the ability to differentiate into tissue, cartilage cells, and bone cells. How? Injured cells in your bones, muscles, ligaments, tendons, and connective joints send out signals. Mesenchymal stem cells respond to those signals, migrating to the injured tissue and releasing proteins that nourish and stimulate your own cells to begin regenerating.
Your provider will use x-ray or ultrasound imaging to ensure that the stem cells will be injected precisely into your damaged spinal tissue. The stem cells will dock next to your damaged cells and release growth factors, cytokines, and chemokines, which then may:
- activate T-cells to secrete proteins
- open up your blood vessels and form new ones
- move cells out of your blood vessels and into the tissues surrounding them
- stimulate your cells to regenerate your tissue
- inhibit your inflammation
- regulate your immune system
That depends on the extent and duration of your injury, your genetics, and the state of your health. You may see the results of your treatment within 2-3 months. Our providers are trained to access your unique needs, then inform you how concentrated and how frequent your stem cell therapy for lower back pain should be.