There are many reasons why people have back pain, but one of the most common causes is degeneration of discs in the spine. As we age, there is a normal amount of expected “wear and tear” of our spinal discs; however, arthritis in our spine can accelerate this process and can in turn lead to low back pain, stiffness, weakness, and eventually, loss of function.
Current treatment for low back pain includes exercise and physical therapy, medications such as anti-inflammatories, therapeutic injections, and ultimately surgery. These treatments are aimed at maximizing function, and returning the patient to as normal a life as possible.
New Technologies Providing New Hope
As science progresses, we are gaining further understanding of how the degeneration process occurs in the spine. At a cellular level, there is continual loss of healthy cells inside the disc that is responsible for the degeneration of the disc’s structure. Eventually, normal cells are replaced with fibrotic cells, and the walls of the discs break down. This could lead to bulging discs, protrusions, and bone spurs from neighboring vertebrae begin to form. This process leads down its own pathway of natural degeneration, but what if there was a way to reverse this and return normal, healthy cells to our discs?
Mesenchymal Stem Cells
Every person carries inside their bodies cells that have the ability to form new and healthy tissues. In fact, adult stem cells are found throughout the body and exist in order to replenish dying cells and regenerate healthy tissue. Muscles, bones, cartilage and tendons all come from a certain kind of adult stem cell called Mesenchymal stem cells. The main reservoirs of Mesenchymal stem cells are bone marrow and adipose (fat) tissue.
Proven Medical Technology With Proven Results
Scientists have known about these stem cells as early as 1993 and were deemed safe for therapeutic use in humans shortly thereafter. Since then, research has continued to show that they can aid in the repair of tendon ruptures, bone fractures, diseased muscles, and degenerated cartilage. Even more recent research has shown that adult Mesenchymal stem cells have the ability to produce new cells in lumbar discs, which are able to bring new healthy tissue to a degenerating disc.
Outpatient Procedures Without Spinal Surgery
If the procedure is performed by a specialist in the field, adult stem cells can be transferred into a person’s degenerated disc safely and effectively in an outpatient setting, without resorting to surgery. Completed in the safe and sterile environment of an outpatient center, a small volume of stem cells can be easily harvested from a person’s bone marrow. It is then spun down in a centrifuge to concentrate the stem cells. These cells are then injected into a lumbar disc utilizing x-ray technology to guide the injection. The physicians at Allegion are all well-qualified, fellowship trained experts on spinal disorders, and have the experience to complete stem cell transfer into degenerated discs.
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy is a form of regenerative medicine for soft tissue injuries & managing or eliminating back, neck, joint or other pain.
What is Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy?
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy is a safe, effective and all natural way to heal damaged joints and soft tissue in order to alleviate chronic pain. PRP consists of a small sample of your own blood, spun in a centrifuge to concentrate the platelets and then injected into the injured area.
PRP has been used for over 20 years in numerous surgical fields to enhance bone grafting, accelerate wound healing and reduce the risk of infection after surgery. Medical research and intensive studies are leading the way to the tremendous benefits offered by PRP for joint pain, soft tissue injuries, low back disc degeneration, and arthritis, with the goal of enhancing the body’s ability to naturally heal itself.
Our specialists can determine if PRP is an appropriate option.
How Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Works
When tissue injury occurs, platelets collect at the site and begin to repair it. By concentrating these platelets and administering them straight into the injury site, we can deliver a powerful mixture of growth factors exactly where you need it, dramatically enhancing your body’s natural healing process. This treatment may lead to a more rapid, more efficient, and more thorough restoration of the tissue to a healthy state.
The PRP injection is very safe. You may experience very mild pain, stiffness or swelling. While any medical procedure carries a small risk of infection, since you’re using your own blood this risk is minimal.
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy can be used to treat a variety of acute and chronic injuries, including:
• Chronic lower back pain
• Spinal stenosis
• Tennis elbow
• Rotator cuff tears
• Knee osteoarthritis
• Achilles tendinitis
• Plantar fasciitis
• Neck pain
• Back pain
• Medial collateral ligament (MCL) tears
• Acute and chronic tendon problems
• Injuries to ligaments and muscles