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Spine

SACROILIAC JOINT

The standard treatment protocols for patients suffering from injury to the sacroiliac (SI) joints include high-dose steroid injections that come with a number of negative side effects and SI fusion surgery that effectively removes the layer of shock-absorption between the hip and lumbar spine leading to significantly increased stress on those areas and in many cases further injury over time. According to a recent study, after five years 16.5% of patients who had a lower back fusion needed an additional surgery to correct damage caused by the fusion while after 10 years, roughly 1/3 of patients needed another surgery.

DEGENERATIVE DISC DISEASE

During Stem Cell Recruitment Therapy® provides a non-surgical option for many suffering from pain and loss of function due to a back or spinal injury.

Nearly everyone’s spinal discs show signs of wear as they age. Not everyone, however, will have degenerative disc disease. This condition is not actually a disease but is a condition in which a damaged disc causes pain. A wide range of symptoms and severity is associated with this condition and several factors can cause discs to degenerate, including age. There are three common factors include 1. The drying out of the disc. When we are born, the disc is about 80 percent water. As we age, the disc dries out and doesn’t absorb shocks as well. 2. Daily activities and sports, which cause tears in the outer core of the disc. By age 60, most people have some degree of disc degeneration. Not everyone at that age has back pain, however. 3. Injuries, which can cause swelling, soreness, and instability. This can result in low back pain.

CONTINUED PAIN AFTER LOWER BACK SURGERY

Surgery to help back or neck pain has a bad reputation. Almost everybody knows someone who has had bad results. For example. disc surgery can weaken that structure and it can re-herniate. In a fusion surgery, a procedure where part of the spine is bolted together solid, the structures above and below can get overloaded and torn up and this problem is known as adjacent segment disease.

What you may not know and find frustrating to hear, is that unfortunately, in many cases, these surgeries have been shown to be no more effective than sham surgeries, though the risks associated with them are very real. For example, fusion surgery complications occur in 25% of fusion patients. Additionally, fusions lead to the wearing down of the segments above and below the fusion site as those segments now take on more movement than they were designed to accommodate, potentially leading to the need for additional fusions over time.

NECK PAIN

Neck pain can be caused by many things including wear and tear or trauma. There are many structures that can cause pain, including bad discs, pinched nerves, arthritic or damaged facet joints, loose ligaments, or weak muscles. Thus, it is important that your physician identifies and treats many of these structures at the same time, rather than trying to find one thing causing pain. Why? Our research shows that if we precisely inject your body’s healing cells into many damaged structures we get much better results.

HERNIATED DISC

Disc herniation is the result of the disc applying pressure to the spinal cord roots leading to pain, tingling, and weakness. Oftentimes, physicians will recommend an epidural injection. Although this relieves the pain temporarily, it can cause severe side effects. An alternative treatment option is usually surgery involving the neck and back, but it leaves the disc weaker and more prone to injuries.

BULGING DISC

Everyone knows someone who has had a bad result with back or neck surgery. A bulging disc is when a disc simply bulges outside the space it normally occupies between your vertebrae, but it doesn’t rupture. A bulging disc affects a much larger part of the disc than a herniated disc. While it is more common to have a bulging disc than a herniated disc, it’s possible for you to have a bulging disc without feeling any pain at all.

SPINAL STENOSIS

Spinal Stenosis is the result of bones and ligaments in the lower back limiting available space in the spinal canal that results in nerve impingement. Treatment options range from painful and lengthy physical therapy to surgery that can be costly and pose significant risk.

Our expert physicians use a precise injection with Stem Cell Recruitment Therapy to target areas of spinal stenosis. This produces a significant reduction in pain and discomfort while restoring function. Most importantly, your downtime can be minimal compared to surgery and you will be back living your life pain-free in a much shorter timeframe.

SPONDYLOLYSIS

The spine helps give the body structure and supports most of its weight. It also carries and protects almost all of the main nerve branches that run from the brain. As a person ages, the discs become drier, thinner, and harder, and they lose some of their cushioning ability. Spondylolysis is a break in the bone connecting the facet joints and is especially common for people engaged in athletics that involve considerable strain on the back. The common surgical procedure called spinal fusion involves fusing together the vertebrae around where the break has occurred is the common treatment option.

TORN DISCS

Stem Cell Recruitment Therapy® provides a non-surgical option for many suffering from pain and loss of function due to a back or spinal injury.

Torn discs are known to heal on their own with rest and time, though the area will be more prone to repeat injury and degenerative disc disease. In the event that symptoms don’t lessen over time, however, the common orthopedic option is spinal fusion, a procedure in which two vertebrae are screwed or fused together.

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