Patients suffering from neck and back pain may be able to utilize stem cell therapy to decrease inflammation and reduce discomfort. If the pain is associated with disc disease or other disc related problems, stem cell therapy may also be used to improve disc hydration as well as increase disc height.
At some point in life, most people experience the debilitating effects of neck and back pain. According to rough estimates, 65% of Americans will miss work because of neck or back pain. The most common types of neck and back pain stem from facet joint dysfunction, which causes pain at any level of the neck and spine, and degenerative disc disease (DDD) which causes lumbar back pain and sciatica.
Regenerative Cell Institute’s Las Vegas stem cell therapy and Iowa stem cell therapy procedures serve as a viable alternative to invasive surgeries and medical treatments including spinal fusion surgery for many patients suffering from facet joint dysfunction or degenerative disc disease (DDD). Our stem cell therapy for neck and back pain has the potential to repair the damaged disc or facet joint, restore function, rehydrate the disc, and ultimately alleviate chronic pain.
Facet joint dysfunction and degenerative disc disease (DDD) often have debilitating effects. Pain caused by facet dysfunction is typically isolated to the back of the lumbar spine, thoracic region, and neck; discomfort can be isolated to one side or may affect both sides simultaneously. While pain may radiate into the muscles, it does not extend into the extremities like sciatic pain that is caused from a disc herniation and typically worsens with extension and/or rotation of the neck or back.
Spinal disc degeneration is one of the most common causes of back pain, often affecting the lumbar spine (low back). Spinal discs are soft, compressible structures that separate the vertebrae of the spine; they act as shock absorbers, allowing the spine to flex, bend, and twist. While a normal amount spinal disc damage is expected as we age, arthritis, injury, and the extreme wear and tear of physical activity and sports can accelerate the degeneration. On a cellular level, there is continual loss of healthy cells inside the disc that is responsible for the disc’s structure. Over time, normal cells are damaged and hydration is lost, leading to tears in the internal structure of the discs. This often results in degenerative disc disease (DDD).
With both facet joint dysfunction and degenerative disc disease (DDD), mobility is reduced and joint function is limited, resulting in symptoms that can mimic disc disease such as stiffness, weakness, and ultimately, unrelenting pain.
Regenerative Cell Institute is one of the leaders of stem cell therapy for neck and back pain. Our stem cell treatments for facet disease and degenerative disc disease (DDD) are minimally-invasive, out-patient procedure where a patient’s own adult stem cells are harvested and injected into the damaged joints to potentially restore structure and function, and minimize pain.
Placement of a needle into the vertebral disc or facet joint is a difficult and potentially dangerous procedure. Dr. Santos is highly trained and experienced in image guided injection techniques and uses fluoroscopic (real-time x-ray) guidance to ensure the highest level of safety and most precisely targeted delivery.
With over 20 years of experience, Dr. Santos has an unparalleled expertise in minimally invasive injection techniques, utilizing live image guidance, to deliver the most advanced regenerative cell treatments for neck and back pain and disc repair. He personally evaluates each patient to assess their condition, employs proprietary methods of concentrating stem cells, and develops customized care plans to ensure our patients attain optimal results. In addition, Regenerative Cell Institute also utilizes the latest biologic treatment, Alpha 2 macroglobulin (A2M), which has proven to be an excellent complimentary treatment to regenerative stem cell procedures. A2M is a Broad Spectrum Multi-Purpose Protease Inhibitor that captures and inactivates the three major chemicals that lead to joint breakdown and cartilage damage, thereby inhibiting arthritis at the molecular level.
By combining A2M with our innovative stem cell therapies, we are capable of rebuilding new soft tissue, cartilage, and tendon, and halting the degenerative arthritic process to further protect the treated joint.
To learn more about our stem cell therapy for neck and back pain, please contact us to schedule a consultation at our Las Vegas stem cell therapy clinic or Mason City, Iowa stem cell treatment center.