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What Do I Need to Know About Stem Cell Therapy for Back Pain?
When back pain becomes a recurring problem, there are a few options you have to mend the discomfort. You may try physical therapy or other conservative methods to ease the pain, but after a while, a doctor may tell you that your only option is to undergo back surgery.
For many doctors, back surgery is a step taken only when absolutely necessary. Before that decision is made, surgeons and doctors will focus on minimally invasive surgery, with a select few focusing on stem cell therapy and injections to help clients get back on their feet. As more and more patients ask for stem cell therapy during their consultation, it’s important to know what, exactly, it does, and what you can expect.
It Uses Your Own Cells
Depending on where the pain is, whether it’s an arthritic, a facet joint pain, or degenerated disc, the doctor will harvest the stem cells from the patient’s own bone marrow. They then reintroduce the cells either to their disc space or to the facet joint so that it can help regenerate damaged tissues as well as the growth factors and anti-inflammatory factors to alleviate the pain.
There is No Recovery Time
With the stem cell injections, there really is no recovery time. The healing process starts immediately. Cells are placed in the body that can regenerate and make a patient feel better within weeks; however, the regeneration continues for six months to a year, sometimes even longer, so their body is continuing to heal.
Stem Cell Treatment Can Be Used in Surgery
Doctors have been utilizing the stem cell treatment when someone is having a surgery, especially the fusion surgery, to enhance the fusion process for over ten years. This form of stem cell use is covered by insurance.
Opting for Stem Cell Injections is an Investment
Stem cell injections typically start in the $5,000 range, depending on the specifics of the treatment, and are not generally covered by insurance. A doctor should always let a patient know that it is an investment they’re making and by choosing this investment, they may have an opportunity to avoid surgical intervention.
Did you know?
over 87 million people suffer
from back pain