Will Stem Cell Therapy be an Option for Back Pain?
Stem cell research is actively taking place to hopefully help people with many different diseases such as heart disease and Parkinson’s. The question then rises – will stem cells be able to help people with back pain?
Stem Cell Research
Stem cells have the ability to repair internal systems and also help other cells in the body. Ideally, they could be used to help repair bones, muscles, tissues, bloods, and all the internal body pieces that affect someone’s pain.
Stem cells can be taken from a person’s bone marrow such as the rear of the hip. The theory is to then inject these cells into the damaged tissue or anatomy with the hope and goal of regenerating the damaged tissue or anatomy.
There are concerns and dangers in using stem cells. One risk is that the cells may cause cell mutations which could lead to tumors. So far, the risk of cell mutation has not been a realized danger with bone marrow stem cells.’
Stem cells may, in time, be used to treat disc degeneration which often occurs due aging or injury. Disc degeneration can lead to degenerative disc disease and disc herniation, both of which can be quite painful.
Current interventional techniques such as injections do help but there are some limitations with injections. Injections don’t repair the underlying problem though they do help with pain relief. The use of stem cell therapy to treat pain is currently be explored
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