Regenerative Medicine

Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Therapy Program

Harnessing Your Body’s Ability To Heal

Dr-Jeffrey-Larson-Neurosurgeon

Regenerative medicine is a tissue engineering and molecular biology process, which “replaces, engineers, or regenerates human cells, tissues or organs to restore or establish normal function”. Advances in Regenerative Medicine, including stem cell therapy using mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs), are emerging as promising treatments for various degenerative conditions of the shoulder, hips, knees, and spine. Low back pain can now be treated with stem cell therapy using your body’s own cells to promote healing.

Studies show that stem cells can have the ability to reduce inflammation and provide important proteins that may promote healing, particularly at the site where they are injected.

The discs in your spine act as shock absorbers for your body. Over time and as a normal part of the aging process the discs may wear out or become degenerative. The pathogenesis of degenerative disc disease involves a cycle of biomechanical factors and extracellular matrix breakdown that leads to cell death. Symptoms include chronic lower back pain and symptoms radiating into the lower extremities. This degenerative cascade can now be treated with regenerative medicine techniques including stem cell therapy.

Stem cells are present in all of us and they act as a repair system for the body. The goal of stem cell therapy for back pain is to enhance the natural repair system of your body by injecting stem cells taken from your body into the degenerative disc or joints. Stem cells taken from your own body have the potential benefit of halting or reversing the degenerative cascade associated with degenerative discs. They do this by exerting an anti-inflammatory response and altering the immune response of injury or degenerative disc disease. MSC therapy may slow the process of degenerative disc disease and in doing so offer relief of back pain.

If you are considering Regenerative Medicine options for your lower back pain including stem cell therapy, schedule an appointment at CDA Spine and Brain to see if you are a candidate for this or other treatment options. 

Conditions Treated with Stem Cell Therapy

  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Disc herniation
  • Spondylosis
  • Facet joint pain
  • SI joint pain

*Stem cell therapy and other regenerative medicine techniques are generally not covered by your insurance provider.

CDA-Spine-and-Brain-back-pain-Regenerative-Medicine