Is chronic back pain holding you back from the life you want to live? Do you wonder if Regenerative Medicine can offer back pain relief? If so, you’re not alone.
An estimated 80% of Americans will have low back pain in their lifetime, and it is the number one cause of missed time at work.
In our St. Petersburg office, we have many natural and cutting-edge options to treat back pain.
Our doctors will take the time to develop a thorough history so they understand your back pain, its cause, any contributing factors, and its impact on your life. From there, a treatment plan is customized specifically for you, to get you back to living a pain-free life again!
Back surgery is not your only option!
Causes of Back Pain
There are many things that can cause back pain. The back pain may be mechanical in nature, meaning it is caused by an issue with the muscles, bones, joints, discs, etc. and their relationship with each other. Some examples of conditions that can cause mechanical low back pain include: Disc bulge, disc herniation, sprain, strain, vertebral misalignment, arthritis, spondylolisthesis, nerve compression, trauma, and more. Mechanical back pain will not resolve until the exact issue has bene identified and corrected.
Non-mechanical causes of back pain can include things like tumors, aneurysm, kidney stones, ovarian cysts, or infection. These are more serious and must be ruled out prior to treatment.
Regenerative Medicine for Back Pain Relief
Since many causes of back pain are due to trauma or degeneration, we know the individual tissues need to heal and repair. Regenerative Medicine offers back pain relief because it delivers healing components directly to the site, and your body coordinates the healing from there. The two most popular Regenerative Medicine treatments in our St. Petersburg office include PRP and Regenerative Cellular Therapy (mesenchymal stem cells, exosomes, etc.).
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP): When you have an injury such as a cut, your blood brings platelets and a host of other healing substances to the area. The platelets clot so the bleeding stops. From there, you may remember seeing a yellowish fluid before a scab forms. That yellowish fluid is your plasma. We can harness the healing potential in your own blood and make it work for you very easily. We simply draw a small quantity of your blood and spin it in a centrifuge to concentrate the platelets, growth factors, cytokines, white blood cells, and more. We then inject this rich serum into the muscles of your back. This process is easily tolerated by most patients, and has little-to-no downtime.
Stem Cells for Back Pain Relief
Our own bodies contain stem cells, or “blank” cells, that can turn into different types of cells as needed. Additionally, stem cells are like little factories that produce and release hundreds of growth factors, enzymes, cytokines, and other healing substances. However, as we age, we use up our own stem cells. Furthermore, the ones we do have are the same age as we are, and do not replicate, repair, or produce as well as a young, vibrant stem cell.
Harvesting your own stem cells can be a painful process that involves anesthesia. It may take several hours, and there may be hours to days of downtime. All for a product that may – or may not – be able to do what we need it to do. For these reasons, we have chosen to ethically source the mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) used in our practice from an FDA-registered multi-state tissue bank. We specifically use mesenchymal stem cells obtained from the Wharton’s Jelly of the umbilical cord, an area that has been found to be one of the richest sources of MSCs that we know of!