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Iliolumbar Ligaments Pain
The iliolumbar ligaments are among the most important connective tissues in the body. These ligaments keep the lower spine together by anchoring it to stronger bones that provide ample support. Any form of trauma, injury, or defect to these ligaments not only reduces their powerful strength but can also begin a progressive degeneration that will cause increasing pain and reduced mobility.
Iliolumbar Ligament Pain Treatment Options
Traditional surgical approaches can be used to ease the effects of iliolumbar injuries, but many in the medical community believe that Regenerative Medicine treatments, such as stem cell therapy, provide the best opportunity for relief from iliolumbar ligament pain. The National Institute of Regenerative Medicine has been at the forefront of research and development of stem cell and platelet rich plasma therapies, which are minimally invasive and highly effective treatments.
How Does Stem Cell Therapy Work
Stem cell therapy is designed to regenerate the ligament rather than just addressing the pain; they are effective not just in healing the current injury but also in preventing further degeneration. Stem cells are the natural healers in the human body. The have the ability to transform into any cell type such as nerve, muscle, or cartilage to rebuild damaged areas in joints. As we age, the number of stem cells in our body declines, making it harder to recuperate from injuries. At the Institute of Regenerative Medicine, we harvest stem cells from the patient’s blood and bone marrow to create a high concentration injection which is injected directly into the damaged area of the iliolumbar ligament, using ultrasound to guide the injection.
The entire procedure takes a few hours, and patients can go home almost immediately after the injection. Since stem cell therapy is a biological and not a surgical treatment, the effects of the stem cells won’t be noticed immediately since it will take the stem cells some time to rebuild the damage joints. In most cases, patients with iliolumbar ligament pain could begin to see noticeable results within 3 to 4 weeks. Afterward, patients will continue to see a significant decrease in pain and regain mobility.
In some cases, additional stem cell or PRP injections may be needed. This is not typical, but in these cases, patients will receive a second injection after 30 days of the initial injection, and then an addition injections a few weeks later. The specific method of treatment for iliolumbar ligament pain will be based on a patient’s age and health at the time of treatment, the severity of the condition and other factors.
To find out if you are a candidate for stem cell therapy for iliolumbar ligament pain, contact our orthopedic specialist to learn more information.