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Facet Joint Pain
Facet joints are one of the most common sources of low back pain. The facet joints are the areas in the spine where vertebrae communicate. These joints are almost constantly in motion as the body goes from one movement to another, which places them at high risk for severe wear and bone spur development over the years. This wear can lead to the development of osteoarthritis, reduced mobility, and increased back pain. This pain can be relatively minor or can become debilitating.
Regenerative Medicine Treatment Options
The complex and delicate nature of the spine once meant that there was no available cure for problems with back pain related to the facet joints. Temporary solutions such as chiropractic treatments, cortisone shots, and medications could alleviate the pain and stiffness for a time, but do nothing to address the root cause of pain. The most serious cases require surgical interventions such as bone fusion. These techniques, however, are very difficult to perform and could even worsen the condition.
Advancements in the fields of science and regenerative medicine have introduced new options for nonsurgical treatment of facet joint pain. The National Institute of Regenerative Medicine has played a large role in the development cell-based treatments, which can not only ease the pain in worn facet joints but also work to regenerate the damaged joints.
Stem Cell & PRP Injections for Facet Joints & Back Pain
Facet joint pain treatment with stem cell and platelet rich plasma (PRP) injections involve separating certain cells from the patient’s bone marrow and then injecting these cells into the damaged tissue where they help to repair the damaged structure. The stem cells are the cells that will actually repair the damage areas while the PRP injection helps direct the stem cells to the location of injury and aid in the repair processes by acting as a stimulate.
Stem cell and PRP injections for facet joint pain treatment involves little discomfort and are generally performed with only local anesthetic. The procedure represents far less danger than invasive spinal surgery and may provide noticeable results within only a few weeks. Actual repair of the tissue is completed within two or three months of the initial stem cell and PRP injections.
Patients need not suffer from the pain and limited mobility of inflamed and arthritic facet joints. Stem cell and regenerative medicine can offer tremendous benefits and should be considered before more dangerous, invasive measures such as spinal fusion surgery.
Am I Candidate for Stem Cell & PRP Injections?
Stem cell and PRP injections can offer tremendous benefits for those in need of facet joint pain treatment and should be considered before more dangerous, invasive measures such as spinal fusion surgery. Since the stem cells and PRP come directly from the patient’s blood, there is little risk associated with the procedure and therefore could be used by anyone. The specific method of treatment will be determined after our orthopedic specialist examines your medical files to determine the correct treatment to be used.