Low back pain is considered one of the most common reasons to seek treatment with a physician, chiropractor or physical therapist.   Many patients who suffer from chronic lower back pain believe they have no other options other than living with pain or undergoing major surgery.

But thanks to the natural healing properties of cellular treatments, they do.

Why Does My Lower Back Hurt?

Low back pain can have many causes, including:

  • Degenerative osteoarthritis occurs when the cartilage between the bones of the facet joints begins to break down, usually with age or injury.
  • Muscle or tendon strains are often the result of repetitive motions that stretch the muscles, tendons, and ligaments that support the low back and discs.
  • Disc Herniations and Annular tears can cause an inflammatory response around the nerves, and cause compression of the spinal canal.

In some cases, congenital abnormalities may also cause low back pain, as can previous surgery or trauma.

Disc degeneration or tissue damage can result in pain, tenderness,  decreased range of motion, and compression on the nerve roots, causing pain in the back and the front, side or back of the leg.

Using the Body’s Natural Healing Abilities to Treat Pain

For those suffering from lower back pain, cellular therapies are providing new hope for pain relief without major surgery.

Cellular therapy uses the natural healing properties in the patient’s own cells to stimulate healing of damaged tissues, reduce inflammation, and in some cases, actually foster the growth of new cells.

There are two types of regenerative medicine therapies used in clinical practice to treat orthopedic conditions, including low back pain.

  • Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP): Concentrated solution of platelets derived from the patient’s own blood contain a significant amount of growth factors and proteins that promote tissue regeneration, decrease inflammation and encourage blood vessel formation. 
  • Cell-Based Therapies: Cells taken from the patient’s own bone marrow (Bone Marrow Aspiration Concentrate) contain adult stem cells that have the unique ability to renew themselves and develop into other cell types. They promote tissue healing, control inflammation and fight infection.

How are Cell-based Procedures Performed?

Cellular treatments are injection procedures. Blood or bone marrow is collected, processed and injected into injured tissue on the same day. These procedures are typically performed on an out-patient basis and recovery begins at home within hours of the treatment. There are no large incisions, no lengthy hospitalizations or rehab stays involved.

Many degenerative disc symptoms respond well to these orthobiologic treatments. Factors such as the degree of injury or degeneration, as well as the patient’s overall health, can impact the final outcomes, but for patients trying to avoid invasive surgery, orthobiologics can provide pain relief and healing without surgery.

Contact the doctors at First State Spine or fill out the form below to learn more about these types of treatments.


[i] https://orthoinfo.aaos.org/en/treatment/total-hip-replacement/