Let’s take a look at stem cell therapy for degenerative disc disease. Stem cells are used in regenerative medicine to treat diseases. Stem cell therapy is a promising treatment for degenerative disc disease.
There are two types of stem cells, embryonic and adult. Embryonic stem cells can be harvested from a person’s embryo or from donated embryos from fertility clinics. However, they are controversial because the harvesting process destroys the embryo.
Adult stem cells are usually harvested in a less invasive process by taking bone marrow or adipose (fat) tissue (bone marrow-derived). You can also collect your own blood, isolate the platelets, and use them as an adult stem cell supply. These are the stems cells we use in the office. They are harvested from your own body in a quick and easy procedure done right in the office. There will be more on that later.
Adult stem cells can be used to treat many conditions including chronic low back pain, discogenic pain, to name a few.
What is Degenerative Disc Disease?
Degenerative Disc Disease is a condition that damages the intervertebral discs and their surrounding tissues. This results in reduced disc height. This can cause bulging discs, bone spurs, putting pressure on the nerve roots, leading to chronic pain. The damage can cause pain to the individual as well as a limited range of motion in the affected area.
It does not typically go away on its own, but there are treatments such as surgery or physical therapy that may help alleviate some of the discomforts.
There are many different reasons why someone might experience pain due to Degenerative Disc Disease, one of which is an injury to the spine. A spinal injury can occur when there has been an accident, such as a car wreck, for example, or when a person has been playing sports for too long without taking care of their posture; the discs can start to wear wrong in our backs. This will cause the discs to wear out over time.
Causes of Degenerative Disc Disease and Symptoms
Degenerative Disc Disease (DDD) is a progressive and often debilitating spine condition that causes age-related changes to the spinal discs. Some common symptoms are back pain, sciatica, tingling or numbness in the arms, and difficulty walking.
The causes of DDD are not entirely known. However, what we do know is that there are certain factors that can increase your risk of developing this disease. Factors such as a sedentary lifestyle and poor posture can lead to this condition because they cause stress on the spine. In addition to these factors, there are also genetic components that contribute to DDD.
DDD can be just about anywhere along the spine, such as degenerative lumbar disc, degenerative disc neck, and degenerative cervical disc.
Degenerative disc disease is when the discs between your vertebrae are compressed and thin. The discs are like jelly in a sandwich, with cartilage in the middle and on the outside. When these discs break down, it can cause back pain, spinal stenosis (narrowing of the spinal canal), foraminal stenosis (narrowing of the space between two vertebrae), and more. This can be rather painful, as one might expect.
Who is a candidate for stem cell therapy & degenerative disc disease?
Anyone who is not able to repair their damaged tissues through exercise or medication is a candidate for stem cell therapy for degenerative disc disease.
Stem cells can be used in cases of degenerative diseases and shoulder injuries. They are also being used as a treatment for arthritic conditions whether it be of the knees, neck or back.
You don’t have to live with back and neck pain any longer. There are many options to help make the pain tolerable.
Stem cell therapy is a relatively new treatment that does not have a lot of research evidence to back up its effectiveness. Scientists believe that they might be able to slow down or reverse the degeneration of discs in the spine.
Stem cells can be harvested from your own fat and bone marrow.
If you are suffering from degenerative disc disease, stem cell therapy may be a viable treatment option. This therapy is most commonly used to treat the back and neck.
It has been proven effective in reducing pain caused by the condition and increasing mobility in patients who undergo regular treatment.
Stem cell therapy is the latest and most up-to-date treatment for degenerative disc disorders. It’s not a cure, but it can help reduce the effects of this condition. This stem cell therapy involves replacing lost or damaged cells with healthy ones. Learn more about alternative treatments to surgery to help with your pain.