It is estimated that approximately 31 million Americans suffer from back pain caused by a number of conditions, including facet joint pain, degenerative disc disease, spondylosis and bulging or herniated discs. When back pain becomes chronic and affects a patient’s daily life, a back pain treatment must be utilized to alleviate pain. OPTIMAL Pain & Regenerative Medicine® offers stem cell spinal injections to chronic back pain sufferers in the Dallas, Arlington and Fort Worth, Texas communities.
Anatomy of the Spine
The spine is composed of 33 individual bones, otherwise known as vertebra, that are stacked one of top of another. A system of muscles and ligaments connect the bones and create the spinal column, keeping the spine in proper alignment. Protected inside the spinal column, the spinal cord connects the brain to the body, allowing movement of the extremities.
The vertebras are separated in the front by discs and by facets in the back. Each individual vertebra has two sets of facet joints, one facing upward and one facing downward. There is a disc located between each vertebra that acts like a shock absorber while the body is in motion.
What Conditions are Treated with Stem Cell Spinal Injections?
Patients can experience back pain from a number of conditions that cause wear and tear on the spinal anatomy. Autologous (own) stem cell spinal injections are a safe stem cell alternative to back surgery in patients who have not responded to traditional treatment options. Autologous stem cells can help treat:
- Facet joint pain
- Sacroiliac joint pain
- Degenerative disc disease