By our middle ages, adults begin to experience disc degeneration as discs in the spine lose fluid, lose their shape, and become brittle. As the discs flatten, small joints in the back known as the facet joints may become arthritic, since the discs are no longer thick enough to provide proper spacing.
The disc’s soft center is inflammatory, and its ring contains many nerve endings. A tear in the ring can cause the center to protrude, resulting in irritation of the spinal nerve root that can radiate and cause shooting leg pain in a condition known as sciatica. Although a painful disc can sometimes repair itself, pain can become chronic due to the limited blood flow to the area.
Stem Cell Therapy for Back Pain
To determine whether a patient would be a good candidate for stem cell therapy, an MRI would be optimal to first identify the root …