There are a number of symptoms that can present themselves when you’ve injured your back. Back pain symptoms can range in intensity from mild to severe. While it’s okay to use “watchful waiting” for a few days for minor aches and pains, you should seek immediate medical care if you experience any numbness, weakness, or loss of control of your bowel or bladder. Here is a list of some of the back pain symptoms you may experience:
- Neck Pain
- Fever, Drowsiness, severe Headaches, Nausea, Sensitivity To Light
- Loss Of Bowel or Bladder Control
- Radiating Pain In The Arm
- Numbness Or Weakness In The Arm Or Hand
- Radiating Pain Into The Leg
- Pain Limited To The Low Back
- Numbness Or Weakness In The Leg Or Foot
- Weakness In Foot
- Persistent Aching Or Stiffness Along The Spine
- Chronic Ache In The Middle Or Low Back
- Inability To Stand Straight Without Pain Or Muscle Spasms
What Is Regenerative Medicine?
Regenerative medicine is actually a broad field of medicine that has four specific concentrations — medical devices and artificial organs, tissue engineering and biomaterials, cellular therapies, and clinical translation. At Wellspring Regenerative, our concentration is on cellular therapies and their application in patients with chronic or severe back pain. We know that the body has amazing abilities to heal itself, and we strive to work with those natural processes as much as possible.
Stem cells are produced naturally in the human body, which is why we possess the ability to heal ourselves from a number of items. Throughout your life, whenever you got a cut, scrape, or sunburn, you probably watched your body slowly heal, or regenerate, the cells in the damaged area until it looked almost as good as before. Sometimes, we sustain injuries that are beyond our body’s healing abilities, and we need medicine or physical manipulation to enhance our natural ability to heal. Regenerative medicine uses donor stem cells to replace diseased cells with healthy ones. This process essentially enhances our body’s ability to perform its natural processes. Stem cells can also be guided into becoming specific cells that help repair diseased or damaged tissues.
How Stem Cells Are Used
Stem cell therapy is essentially the next generation in organ transplantation, and uses stem cells instead of donor organs. Stem cells are grown in a lab where they are manipulated to become specific types of cells so that they can be used for precise purposes. For example, when a patient comes to us with back pain, we can inject the stem cells directly into the muscles in their back so that the healthy cells contribute to the process of repairing the damaged muscles.
Does Stem Cell Therapy For Backs Help?
Treatment Options For Back Pain
Back pain is usually a symptom of several different medical problems that typically involve one or more parts in the lower back, including ligaments, muscles, nerves, and vertebrae (bony pieces that make up the spine). Since there is always some type of risk involved with any surgery, it’s no wonder that patients want to seek nonsurgical options first.
Over-The Counter Medication
In fact, it’s good to start with some basic remedies such as over-the-counter pain medication, icing, heating, and rest. Generally, these options will provide the healing and relief that your back needs. If you are dealing with a more serious injury, however, then you may use these options to get temporary relief before availing yourself of a more effective option. It’s important to talk with your doctor about which type of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medication (NSAID) you use, as ibuprofen should not be used by those with kidney problems or stomach ulcers.
Topical Rubs and Ointments
There are a number of different topical rubs and ointments that can also be used to reduce your back pain. Many of them contain ibuprofen and lidocaine, which have been proven to be effective pain relievers.
Opioids, Muscle Relaxants, Antidepressants, and Steroid Injections
There is a wide variety of different types of prescription medications that can also help alleviate your back pain. It’s important to talk with your doctor about any medications that may cause allergic reactions or other possible side effects.
Stem Cell Therapy Injections
Stem cell therapy injections can be used in several different areas on the back depending on the location of the injury that is being treated. From directly into the disc, to the area around the nerves, into the facet joints, and more, your doctor will determine the appropriate injection site.
Back pain is one of the most common complaints that we hear from our patients, which is why we are happy to be able to offer regenerative medicine as a solution. Stem cell therapy treatments can provide the healing and pain relief that you need without the cost and recovery time of an invasive procedure such as back surgery. Stem cell therapy for backs is safe, effective, and aids the body in repairing itself without the need for long-term medication, surgery, or steroids. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation at one of our three locations in Daytona Beach, Orange City, or Altamonte Springs.
What Spinal Conditions Does Stem Cell Therapy Treat?
There are a number of spinal conditions that can be effectively treated with stem cell therapy, including:
- Arthritis of the spine
- Bone spurs
- Collapsed disc
- Degenerative disc disease
- Neck pain
- Pinched nerves
- Slipped disc
Arthritis of the Spine
Spinal arthritis is an inflammation of the joints in the area between the spine and the pelvis. There are a number of different conditions that can cause spinal arthritis, including wear and tear, autoimmune disorders, infection, and other medically related conditions. This condition can be quite painful and frequently becomes chronic.
Bone spurs (osteophytes) are exactly what they sound like — bony projections along the edges of bones. Typically, they form where bones meet each other in the joints. They can also form along the bones in the spine. Bone spurs usually develop as a result of joint damage from osteoarthritis.
A collapsed disc is a part of the spine that loses its original height due to deterioration of the fibrous outer wall. This condition is usually the result of an injury, obesity, or the degeneration that occurs in an aging spine.
Degenerative Disc Disease
Degenerative disc disease is an age-related condition which occurs when one or more of the discs between the vertebrae in the spinal column deteriorates, which leads to pain. If you have degenerative disc disease, you can experience weakness, numbness, tingling, and pain that radiates down the leg.
Neck pain can be caused by a number of things, including degenerative disc disease, neck strain, osteoarthritis, cervical spondylosis, spinal stenosis, and poor posture.
Pinched nerves occur when too much pressure is applied to a nerve by surrounding tissues. This pressure disrupts the nerve’s ability to function, which causes pain, tingling, numbness, or weakness. Depending on the location of the pinched nerve, you could feel pain radiating from the site.
Sciatica describes the symptoms that are commonly experienced by a disc problem such as a herniated disc. Some of the most common symptoms are pain, numbness, or weakness that radiate along the sciatic nerve from the lower back down to the legs.
A slipped disc (herniated disc) refers to a problem with one of the discs that sit between the vertebrae, which make up the spine. Essentially, each disk has a soft center (nucleus) encased in a tougher exterior (annulus). If some of the nucleus pushes out through a tear in the annulus, then it can irritate any nearby nerves.
We listed just a few, treatable spinal conditions earlier on this page, but there are so many treatable conditions that we don’t have room to list all of them. A few more common conditions include torn discs, radiating nerve pain, and ruptured discs. Through stem cell therapy, the damaged muscles, tissues, tendons, ligaments, and bones in your body are able to repair themselves, which can lead to relief from your back pain.
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What Is Involved With Stem Cell Therapy Injections?
- Stem cell therapy is a branch of regenerative medicine, which deals with the replacement or regeneration of human cells in order to help restore or establish normal function. This means that stem cells can be used to enhance the body’s natural ability to heal itself. The different conditions that affect the back are generally the result of the process of aging. As cells die or become diseased, they lose the ability to restore natural function, which is where stem cell therapy comes into the picture.
- While there are stem cells that are specific to a particular body part or function, the stem cells that are used in injections are not specific to any one part of the body or body function. This is important, because it means that they have the potential to develop into any type of cell, which makes them ideal for helping the body to heal itself. Since stem cells divide and renew quickly, they are an ideal form of treatment for many patients.
- Adult stem cells are found in many different organs and tissues throughout the human body. Depending on the form of treatment, your doctor may use autogenous (your own) stem cells or donor stem cells. It’s important to talk with your doctor about the specific details of your condition, your medical history, and what seems to be the best option to help you achieve the pain relief you need.
What To Expect After The Procedure
Depending on the area that was treated, and the condition prior to the injection, you may experience some mild inflammation. This is normal, and it is a sign that your immune system is working. Essentially, the white blood cells and other substances that your body uses to heal itself are rushing into the treated area. Their presence will help the stem cells regenerative healing to begin working in the damaged tissue.
Stem cell therapy has the potential to help you reclaim your normal range of motion so that you can enjoy an active life free from pain. Our professional team is trained to assess your condition and recommend the best course of treatment. From chiropractic care and physical therapy to stem cell therapy and more, we are here to provide you with the best possible care in Florida.
If you are interested in learning more about stem cell therapy and what it can offer you, then we would love to meet with you! We offer free consultations so that you can get the information you need before making a decision. Are you ready to live your life pain free? Contact us today to schedule your appointment.
At Wellspring Regenerative Medicine in Central Florida, you can find the solution for getting rid of your spine pain, regaining lost function and mobility, and enjoying life on your terms. With three locations in Orange City, Daytona Beach, and Altamonte Springs, you can choose the office that is convenient for you. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation.