Stem Cell Therapy and PRP for Spine Injuries
Degenerative disc disease in your spine isn’t really a disease, but the term used to describe common age- or injury-related changes to the discs in your spine. These include the loss of fluid/hydration in the discs, which can result in reduced flexibility, and tears or cracks in the annulus (outer layer) of the disc that can cause it to bulge, rupture, or break apart. Depending on the location of the disc, those with degenerative disc disease may suffer from mild to debilitating neck or back pain, numbness, or a combination of both, that can also affect the arms and legs. If traditional non-surgical methods don’t take care of the pain, surgery involving removing the disc and replacing it with an artificial one or fusing the surrounding vertebrae is often the last-resort treatment.
Stem cell therapy and platelet-rich plasma (PRP), used in the area of the affected disc, may help the disc to heal itself. This would reduce the inflammation, thus reducing the pressure on the nerves that cause the pain or numbness.
Stem cell therapy and PRP may be appropriate for treating:
- Degenerative disc disease in cervical and lumbar discs
Stem cell therapy is not able to treat:
- Severe stenosis
While not everyone with back or neck pain is a candidate for stem cell therapy, find out if either procedure is right for you by clicking the link, Are You A Candidate? We can provide an exam and consultation at our office to determine your suitability for the procedure. If you are interested in learning more about stem cell therapy to help repair degenerative disc disease, please contact us.