Florida Center for Regenerative Medicine at Larkin Hospital
Stem Cell Therapy for Herniated Disc
Stem cell therapy for a herniated disc is gaining acceptance as a viable non-surgical option for patients suffering from chronic back pain due to disc disease. Although only 10% of patients who experience a herniated or bulging disc experience pain severe enough to consider surgery, those with chronic pain due to the condition have searched for years for a treatment modality beyond physical therapy but short of the risky spine surgeries available to them.
At Florida Regenerative Medicine we have developed groundbreaking stem cell and platelet rich plasma treatments that not only relieve chronic spine pain associated with disc disease, but harness the healing power of the patients own body in an attempt to heal damaged discs. When concentrated adult stem cells are introduced into the damaged disc, existing cells within the disc are activated and begin the regenerative process. The Injected stem cells also secrete growth factors that adjust the autoimmune response in the herniated disc allowing the tissue to begin the healing process. These treatments allow the damaged disc to heal and regenerate in a natural way avoiding the risks and instability associated with herniated disc surgery.
Continue reading to learn more about the anatomy of the spine and why stem cell therapy and platelet rich plasma are fast becoming a popular non-surgical treatment option for patients suffering from chronic pain associated with herniated discs.
Herniated disc, ruptured disc, or slipped disc are all medical terms often used interchangeably to describe conditions of the spine which may cause chronic and debilitating pain. A spinal disc is described as herniated when it extrudes from its natural area into the spinal canal often pressing on a nerve. A herniated disc often leads to chronic back and neck pain due to nerve compression.
Spinal disc conditions are often characterized as either “contained” or “non-contained”. A contained disc condition is said to exist when no rupture exists in the outer layer of the disc. In this case the small bubble that often protrudes into the spinal canal is then referred to as a bulging disc. A non-contained disc condition contains a tear or rupture in the outer layer of the disc causing the fluid contained inside the disc to leak into the spinal canal. When this rupture occurs, a disc is said to be herniated and it is the resulting pressure on the nerve roots that leads to pain and discomfort. Herniated discs often compress or cause inflammation of the surrounding nerve roots in the spine in the affected region leading to a wide range of painful symptoms that can negatively affect everyday function and quality of life.
Anatomy of the spinal Disc
Spinal discs and the vertebrae combine to form the spinal canal which houses and protects the spinal cord and the nerves of the spine. The spinal nerves proceed down the center of the vertebrae and exit to the various parts of the body they control. These spinal nerves protected by the vertebrae are crucial to the everyday functioning of the human body and damage to the vertebrae and discs that house and protect them can lead to serious side effects.
The spinal column of the back consists of thirty-three vertebrae separated by twenty-three softer spinal discs composed of a sponge like material. These discs are composed of two crucial and connected parts: an outer band called the annulus fibroses and an inner core referred to as the nucleus pulpous. The vertebral discs provide an important layer of protection for the adjacent vertebrae, acting as shock absorbers due to their jelly-like consistency. The spinal discs perform the additional function of holding the spine intact, allowing for some mobility in the spine during strenuous activity or shock. Since the spinal discs serve such a crucial role in stability and health of the spine we feel strongly that every option should be considered before entertaining surgical options that reduce surface area of the disc. Stem cell therapy combined with platelet rich plasma therapy treats many of the painful symptoms associated with herniated discs while giving the damaged disc the best chance to heal naturally. Most patients who purse traditional disc surgery require a follow up fusion surgery, or spinal fusion at a later date to correct the resulting spinal instability from herniated disc surgery.
Stem Cell Treatment for Herniated Disc at Florida Regenerative Medicine
At Florida Regenerative Medicine we deploy the healing power of stem cells and platelet rich plasma in order to treat damaged discs and alleviate chronic spine pain. Stem cells act as the powerful natural repairmen within the human body. The most common stem cell associated with tissue repair is referred to as mesenchymal stem cell or MSC. These stem cells will naturally travel to parts of the body that experience trauma via the bloodstream as part of the natural healing process. However, if the injured tissue exists in an area that has poor blood supply, then the healing stem cells fail to reach the damaged area. Since spinal discs and other joints have extremely low blood flow they experience extreme difficulty recovering from trauma and are susceptible to degeneration. By harvesting adult stem cells and injecting them directly into the affected disc we are in fact delivering the natural healing power of your own body directly to the area it could not formerly reach. In our experience it is far preferable to treat the core problem of spine pain, in this case a damaged or herniated disc pressing on a nerve root, rather than remove part or all of the disc and risk causing larger spine problems at a later date.
At Florida Regenerative Medicine we are dedicated to pursuing the most technologically advanced treatments in an attempt to not only alleviate the chronic pain associated with damaged discs, but utilizing the natural healing power of the body through stem cell therapy and platelet rich plasma therapy for herniated discs in order to promote long term spine health. Contact us today and arrange to have your MRI reviewed and find out if you are a candidate for this innovative non-surgical treatment for herniated disc pain.
Stem Cell Therapy for Herniated Disc Conditions. We offer treatments for patients residing in Florida's (Miami-Dade County), Miami, Hialeah, Miami Gardens, Miami Beach, Homestead, North Miami, Coral Gables, Coconut Grove, Key Biscayne, Opa-Locka, Florida City, (Broward County), Fort Lauderdale, Hollywood Beach, Pompano Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Deerfield Beach, Davie, Coral Springs, Miramar, Pembroke Pines, Plantation, Sunrise, (Collier County), Marco Island, Naples, (Palm Beach County), West Palm Beach, Bota Raton, Boyton Beach, Delray Beach, Wellington, Jupiter, Palm Beach Gardens, Greenacres, lake Worth, Royal Palm Beach