Stem Cell Treatment for Back Injuries

Dec 27, 2018 | Blog

Back injury that leads to the degeneration of your spine and causes chronic pain can be due to a number of contributing factors, including falls, car accidents, sports injuries and repetitive heavy lifting. Some of these can occur suddenly and others gradually.

If chronic back pain has affected your mobility, simple daily tasks have become grueling chores and your back pain is preventing you from living a joyful life, it is time to seek treatment options. If pharmaceuticals, exercise, weight loss, and surgery have been ineffective or undesirable, stem cell therapy may be a wise option to consider.

What are the Causes of Back Injury?

Some common causes of back injuries and chronic lower back strain include:

  • Injured ligaments, muscles and tendons
  • Lumbar disc degeneration
  • Herniated or slipped discs
  • Bulging discs
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Pinched nerve
  • Arthritis

How are Back Injuries Diagnosed?

Back injuries are typically diagnosed through a variety of tests, including:

  • 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

Using Stem Cells to Treat Back Pain

Unlike surgical treatments that involve removing tissue and bone from your body, mesenchymal stem cell (MSC) treatment is a potent regenerative treatment. MSCs can stimulate your own damaged cells’ regenerative potential to restore your tissue, eliminate your pain and improve your range of movement.

The CSPP pain management specialists will use an x-ray or ultrasound imaging to ensure that the stem cells are injected directly into your damaged spinal tissue. The stem cells will then 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

Where Do the Stem Cells Come From?

The stem cells used by CSPP are from the umbilical cord blood of healthy newborns that has been donated by the mother after the baby is born.

What Are the Side Effects?

Potential risks are the same risks associated with any injection procedure, such as a small risk of bacterial infection and nerve damage.

Am I a Good Candidate for Stem Cell Therapy for Back Injury?

It is essential that we complete a thorough examination to determine if you are a candidate for stem cell therapy.

However, there are some basic indicators. Do you suffer back pain due to a painful disc or facet injury from overuse, trauma, or debilitating conditions like degenerative disc disease or spinal facet disease? If so, you are likely an ideal candidate.

If you would like to learn more about the stem cell treatments for back injuries, call the CSPP pain management specialists today at (818) 325-2088 for a consultation.