The Best-Kept Secret for Back Pain

by | Regenerative Medicine

The Best-Kept Secret for Back Pain

Mar 16, 2022

If you suffer from chronic back pain, it’s undoubtedly negatively impacting your life. You may not be able to work, exercise, or enjoy the pleasures of everyday life. Picking up a sack of groceries or a toddler can trigger excruciating pain. Sleep may be elusive.

Back pain is one of the top reasons people in the US seek medical care, and it’s a huge drain on insurance and healthcare budgets. Unfortunately, it is also the number one cause of work-related disability. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Read on to learn the best-kept secret for treating back pain, a highly effective alternative to surgery that’s available to you right now.

Before we delve into the best-kept secret for back pain, let’s discuss how back pain starts in the first place and how it’s typically treated (hint: unsuccessfully, in most cases). It’s essential to understand the causes of back pain and conventional medical treatments in order to see how the alternative proposed here could be the breakthrough you’ve been looking for.

What Causes Chronic Back Pain?

Risk factors for chronic back pain include age, lack of exercise, obesity, manual labor, improper lifting technique, and participation in contact or high-impact sports.

People can then develop long-term (aka chronic) back pain from a number of causes, which often overlap:

  • Repetitive heavy lifting or twisting

  • Sports injury

  • Spinal stenosis (narrowing around the spinal cord)

  • Osteoporosis

  • Arthritis

  • Bulging (herniated) or ruptured disc

  • Degenerative disc disease (DDD)

Spinal discs are the rubbery pads that sit between the vertebrae that make up your spinal column and function as shock absorbers. A disc that moves out of alignment with injury or repeat movements can press on soft tissue and nerves, resulting in pain.

Discs can also degenerate as you age and put wear and tear on them, meaning they lose water volume, essential protein, and elasticity. The result is instability of the back and pain. In fact, DDD is one of the major causes of chronic back pain.

What Are the Signs of Degenerative Disc Disease?

If you have DDD, you probably experience many of these signs and symptoms:

  • Pain that worsens with sitting, bending, or twisting

  • Feeling better when walking (or even running)

  • Needing to change positions or lie down to get comfortable

  • Pain that is often unpredictable and that comes and goes

  • Radiating pain throughout the back, neck, buttocks, or thighs

  • Numbness or tingling in your hands and feet

  • Weakness of the leg muscles

  • Dropped foot or bowel/bladder problems (a sign of nerve root damage)

Degenerative disc disease is diagnosed by putting the pieces of the puzzle together. A physical exam, description of your symptoms, and medical imaging can help your healthcare provider pinpoint the problem. Usually, an MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) is used to get a close look at your spinal discs.

Why Is Back Pain Caused by DDD So Frustrating?

If you have DDD, you have likely already dealt with the aggravation it causes, from lost work time to hundreds or even thousands spent on doctor appointments — with no real relief.

One of the biggest issues with DDD is that the spinal discs have very little blood supply. Once you have a disc injury, the disc can’t repair itself like other body parts. Pain typically becomes progressively worse as you try treatment after treatment to feel better.

What Are the Conventional Treatments for Back Pain?

Are you familiar with these traditional ways of treating chronic back pain from DDD?

  • Lifestyle modifications, such as losing weight or quitting smoking (coughing makes back pain worse)

  • Changing your exercise routines or quitting certain sports

  • Resistance training and stretching

  • Proper body positioning when standing, sitting, twisting, and lifting

  • Physical therapy sessions

  • Ultrasound treatment or electrical stimulation

  • Alternative therapies like yoga, massage, chiropractic, or acupuncture

  • Medications ranging from over-the-counter pain relievers and prescription antidepressants to muscle relaxers or even opioids, which can be addictive

  • Cortisone injections

You may have also been told you’re a candidate for surgery. A discectomy procedure can remove any portion of a disc pressing on a nerve and causing pain. You can have a classic herniated disc at the same time as DDD, and the two often go hand in hand. However, surgery comes with many downsides:

  • You have to take time off work, family life, and other responsibilities.

  • Your insurance may not cover the entire procedure, leaving you with large expenses to pay out of pocket.

  • There are inherent risks with any surgery, especially if anesthesia is required.

  • The same things that caused the disc problems in the first place can return and put you right back where you started again. (This also happens with spinal fusion, another type of surgery sometimes recommended for back pain.)

  • It doesn’t work in some cases, and there’s a chance you’ll still have back pain after going through the operation and recovery.

Is There an Effective Alternative to Surgery?

Fortunately, there is a simple and effective alternative to surgery for chronic back pain and DDD when you’ve tried everything, and nothing is working. Regenerative medicine is a relatively new outpatient treatment modality that is showing promise, including in reputable peer-reviewed medical studies.

Intradiscal regenerative medicine injections (injections into your spinal discs) are safe and not nearly as time-consuming or expensive as surgery. The Regenerative Wellness Clinic in Weston, Florida, has seen fantastic results with regenerative medicine. There, it’s used to treat the chronic back pain that accompanies DDD, as well as part of their holistic functional medicine program that aims to rejuvenate the body with minimally invasive techniques.

How Does Stem Regenerative Medicine Work?

Regenerative medicine works by using your own (autologous) bone marrow or tissue bank cells to tap into the body’s natural healing methods. For example, cells harvested from the hip can be injected into inflamed or damaged tissue, such as the discs of the spine.

Regenerative medicine supplies spinal discs with the cells they’ve been missing to heal. Not only that, the cells self-renew and continue to provide healing. Pain is reduced or even eliminated, and recipients of the therapy find their old lives coming back.

The conventional treatments for chronic back pain listed above are commonly covered by insurance. Regenerative medicine, the most effective treatment, is not usually covered by insurance. However, many patients find it pays for itself in the long run, once they add up insurance deductibles, copayments, prescription costs, and other expenses associated with less fruitful traditional treatments. They can also factor in lost wages when they miss work due to regular therapies failing to provide relief from their pain.

What Are the Benefits of Regenerative Medicine?

Regenerative medicine has many benefits, which is why more and more people are turning to this best-kept secret for chronic back pain and DDD:

  • It’s less invasive than surgery.

  • It usually costs less than the out-of-pocket expenses you’re stuck paying with surgery and other procedures due to high deductibles.

  • You can usually use your own bone marrow for the injection source.

  • It uses the body’s natural healing process rather than artificial treatments like pharmaceuticals.

  • It can be used for other conditions, such as arthritis, sacroiliac joint pain, and pinched nerves.

  • Patients usually see results within a few months, which can last for years.

  • It integrates well with other functional medicine treatments for whole-body rejuvenation and improved wellness.

How Do You Know if Regenerative Medicine Is Right for You?

Every person’s back pain is different. So the first thing to do is determine what’s causing your back pain to see if regenerative medicine could help you feel better.

The Regenerative Wellness Clinic is booking consultations now. We would love to meet you and hopefully get you on the road to being pain-free as soon as possible.

You can call the Regenerative Wellness Clinic at 954-510-3150 or reach out online to schedule an appointment.

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