If you have chronic back pain, it is important to be aware of all your treatment options before considering surgery. A new technique to heal structures of the back uses a component of the patient's body: stem cells.
Stem cells are the blank slate of cells
They can become other cells in the body. The Stem cell treatment orthopedic injuries treat back pain and other chronic pain conditions using cells that are called mesenchymal, and they can become bone, cartilage or fat cells depending on the environment they are put in. Adult cells are used, which differ from embryonic cells that can become any other type of cell. Taking the cells from an adult eliminates the controversy surrounding embryonic stem cell research from this form of treatment.
Stem cells may be able to treat a range of conditions due to their versatility, including degenerative disc disease, vertebral fracture, and ligament damage and facet joint syndrome. Research is underway to determine the efficacy of this new therapy in treating various types of back pain causes.
Mesenchymal cells are taken from bone marrow, usually from the patient's hip. This may be painful depending on the technique used. After the cells have been isolated from the marrow, they are generally combined with platelets from your blood which contain growth factors. To make the procedure a fast one, many practitioners combine the cell and platelet mixture with platelet-rich plasma or another substance to encourage the speedy reproduction of stem cells. The cells and their growth factors are then injected into the area of the body that needs repair. If injected in a joint, cartilage will form; if in a disc, new disc material will grow; if in bone, new bone will form.
Stem cells in the Stem cell treatment orthopedic injuries have also been used to perform spinal fusion surgery, in which case a damaged disc is removed and the cell mixture is placed between two vertebrae to grow into bone and fuse them. Unlike the injection procedure, this is an invasive surgical procedure. Trials are underway to test stem cells' ability to regrow damaged discs.
Currently, this therapy is new and not the most accessible treatment. It is only offered to those participating in clinical trials or by a couple of companies.
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