dreamstime_xxl_50390597Degenerative disc disease in your spine isn’t really a disease, but the term used to describe common age- or injury-related changes to the discs in your vertebrae. These changes include the loss of fluid/hydration in the discs, which can result in reduced flexibility, as well as tears or cracks in the annulus (outer layer) of the disc, which can cause it to bulge, rupture, or break apart. Depending on the location of the disc, those with degenerative disc disease may suffer from mild to debilitating neck or back pain or numbness – or a combination of both – and this can also affect the arms and legs. If traditional non-surgical methods don’t take care of the pain, surgery involving removing the disc and replacing it with an artificial one, or fusing the surrounding vertebrae is often the last-resort treatment.

Alternatively, stem cell therapy used in the affected area may help the disc heal itself. A stem cell injection can reduce the inflammation, thus relieving the pressure on the nerves that cause the pain or numbness.

Spinal stem cell therapy may be ideal for treating:

  • Degenerative disc disease in cervical and lumbar discs

Stem cell therapy is not able to treat:

  • Severe spinal stenosis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Scoliosis
  • Kyphosis

While not everyone with back or neck pain is a good candidate for stem cell therapy, we can conduct an exam and consultation at our Loveland office to determine your suitability for this regenerative procedure. If you’d like to learn more about stem cell therapy and how it can help repair degenerative disc disease, please contact us today.