Can stem cell therapy be a realistic treatment for pain after multiple spinal surgeries?

We receive many emails from patients who have undergone numerous spinal procedures. The question they all ask is: “Can you help?” Because of the complexities of spinal surgery, especially in patients with numerous procedures, this question must be answered following a physical examination and consultation where realistic healing options can be discussed.

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When a simple sprain is mistaken for degenerative disc disease

Many times a patient will come into our office with a nondescript diagnosis of back pain and/or accompanying hip pain. Despite numerous treatments which may include epidural steroid or cortisone injection, the patient still has pain and now has been recommended to a spinal procedure because something has shown up an an MRI. But is it in fact the disc problems on MRI causing the patient’s pain? Medical investigators are asking, “maybe we should look at the spinal ligaments?”

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Chronic low back pain

Doctors in Australia wanted a better understanding of what goes through a patient’s mind when they have chronic back pain, specifically what they think their chances are for a recovery.

I am going to get to that research later in this article. First I want to help describe what is going through our patient’s minds when they first reach out to us about bone marrow derived stem cells and platelet plasma rich treatments and their potential for healing. (more…)