A lumbar herniated disc, lumbar bulging disc, lumbar facet injury, lumbar radiculopathy, pinched nerve, SI joint syndrome, and back instability all cause pain. These low back disorders and injuries can put you out of commission for a significant amount of time. Talk to your Florida Stem CellMD specialist, Dr. Neel Amin, M.D. about regenerative stem cell therapy.
Back pain is not anybody’s idea of fun, especially if you are looking at living with no pain for the rest of your life. Back pain can originate in your spine. Since your spine connects nerves to other parts of your body—back problems can translate into pain anywhere from your head down to your feet.
Until recent advances in stem cell technology, your only options were physical therapy, traditional pain management, and surgery. But thanks to advances in regenerative techniques and more widespread acceptance of the treatment, you have more options.
SI Joint Syndrome: A Whole Other Issue
If standing up or sitting down cause pain in your lower back, you may be having trouble with your sacroiliacor SI joint. You have an SI joint on each side of your lower spine. The pain from SI joint syndrome can be dull or sharp. And you may notice the pain more in your buttocks, groin, thighs or upper back.
Activities like jogging can inflame your SI joint. If you have one leg that is naturally a little longer than the other, wear and tear can aggravate the joint. Unnatural movements can irritate your SI joint, too. SI joint syndrome may lead to hip arthritis.
The anti-inflammatory properties of stem cells make a major difference in your ability to move around without pain. The stem cells kick-start your body’s own healing process to fix your SI joint.
Bulging Disc and Herniated Disc Issues
The difference between bulging discs and herniated discs is really a matter of degrees. A bulging disc means that the soft jelly-like filling of your disc has managed to push through the casing of your disc. A herniated disc is the term used when the jelly-like substance has protruded so far that it is putting pressure on a nerve root. This is also called a slipped disc or a ruptured disc.
Both are uncomfortable and often very painful. The herniated disc is usually more painful because of the compression on your nerve. If either of these are the source of your trouble, you may experience:
- Pain in your legs.
- Numbness or tingling.
Stem cell injections have achieved proven results in the areas surrounding inflamed spinal nerves. It may be necessary to inject the disc itself but the swelling reacts well to the injections and will decrease considerably in a couple of weeks.
Issues with Instability
Another leading cause of chronic pain is ligament instability. This can be the product of natural degeneration or the result of injury. Instability anywhere can make you feel as if you are moving your body in more ways than what it can tolerate.
If your ligaments fail to hold your bones and joints in their correct positions, you will compromise their ability to move like they should. This can be extremely painful, and it can lead to muscle spasms because they are overworked. Common areas of instability are:
- Cervical instability.
- Neck instability.
- Back instability.
- Rib instability.
The best way to fight instability is to strengthen your ligaments. Mesenchymal Stem cells do exactly this. They promote the growth of new ligament cells, which essentially repair your tissue damage.
YOU GOT NERVE
You have 31 pair of spinal nerves that emerge from both sides of your spine. These nerves act as both sensory and motor nerves, sending and receiving messages between your brain and the rest of your body. Even if you experience pain in other parts of your body, you may be suffering from nerve compression.
You have probably used the term “pinched nerve,” but a real pinched nerve is serious. It is another way of referring to nerve compression. If you aggravate a pinched nerve further or don’t treat it, a pinched nerve can turn into radiculopathy.
Pinched nerves and radiculopathy can affect your arms, hands and fingers, as well as your legs, feet and toes. Symptoms include:
Nerve issues can wreak havoc through your body. Without treatment, nerve compression can break down the protective barriers around your nerves and cause additional problems.
Facet Joint Problems
Facet joint problems are both common and recurrent. They may also cause disabling pain. A facet joint protects the bony protrusions where two vertebrae meet. These joints add stability to your spinal column. If you suffer from an injury like a lumbar facet injury, you may have trouble bending and twisting. Cervical (meaning upper spine) facet injury can mean you have to turn your whole body to look left or right.
Lumbar (meaning the lower area of the spine) facet injury makes it difficult for you to get out of a chair or stand up straight. Osteoarthritis is often linked to facet problems. When stem cells are used with platelet rich plasma, the treatment repairs the damaged structure and strengthens the cartilage, which can prevent arthritis.
OUR TREATMENT FOR YOUR PAIN
The entire outpatient procedure takes less than an 15 minutes in most cases:
- With the help of a digital X-ray machine with an immediate, live display.
- Mesenchymal stem cells are injected directly into your problem area.
- After-care consists of only a Band-Aid and possibly some sensitivity for 2-3 days at the injection site.
Florida Stem CellMD Dr. Neel Amin, M.D.
If your specialist opts for a platelet rich plasma treatment, the procedure is equally easy
- Your doctor draws some blood,
- The platelets and white blood cells (PRP) are separated from the rest of your blood using a machine that separates the good platelets from the inflamed ones
- The PRP is then added to a smaller amount of lidocaine
- This new enriched PRP is injected back into your body to help it heal itself.