Nearly everyone deals with a bout of back pain at some point in their life. For some adults, the pain turns into an ongoing and crippling problem, making lower back pain the top cause of disability in people under age 45. As leaders in the field of regenerative medicine, Dr. Paul Tortland and Dr. Jeffrey LaVallee at New England Stem Cell Institute specialize in harnessing your body’s natural ability to heal the cause of your back pain.
Back pain can develop due to many possible problems affecting the muscles, ligaments, nerves, vertebrae, and discs that form your spine and support your body. In many cases, lower back pain results when you strain a muscle during normal daily activities like twisting your back or lifting a heavy object. As you get older, changes caused by years of repetitive movement can break down some parts of your spine and start to take a toll, causing ongoing and often crippling back pain. Degenerative conditions that can also lead to chronic back pain include a herniated disc, osteoarthritis, and degenerative disc disease.
Sometimes, pain is the primary symptom, especially if you have a stretched or torn muscle, ligament, or tendon. In many cases, though, back pain shows up when a spinal nerve is inflamed or compressed.
When the nerves are affected, you could also have tingling or numbness along that radiates out through your arms or legs. For example, a pinched sciatic nerve can cause excruciating pain down one leg.
It’s no secret that back pain is one of the most difficult problems to treat. Oral medications can provide temporary relief, but they fail to deliver long-term results while putting you at risk of side effects.
Another option, pain management injections, use a local anesthetic and steroids, which are injected near the nerves sending pain signals to your brain.
Pain management injections often provide longer pain relief than oral anti-inflammatory medications. However, the medication eventually wears off, and injections that mask your pain don’t heal what’s causing it. The doctors at New England Stem Cell Institute offer regenerative medicine treatments that can reduce and sometimes eliminate chronic back pain by healing the source of the problem, such as:
This therapy uses a simple injection of sugar and anesthetic to stimulate your body’s healing process.
This treatment combines prolotherapy with B vitamins, oxygen, and ozone gas to improve cellular function.
PRP uses platelets extracted from your blood to trigger accelerated tissue healing.
This procedure uses stem cells from your own bone marrow or body fat to generate new tissues, reduce inflammation, and trigger healing. The team at New England Stem Cell Institute doesn’t want to manage chronic pain, we want, whenever possible, to heal the problem that’s causing it. We’re experts in the field of regenerative medicine, and we’ve had success helping many patients overcome back pain.