Back pain is one of the scourges of our modern society and is one of the leading causes of disability worldwide.

While there are some factors we can control; diet, exercise, and smoking, we can’t control our genetics, at least not yet!  The aging process causes the inner part of the spinal disc, known as the nucleus pulposus, to essentially dry out.  As this happens the disc is no longer able to act as an efficient shock absorber as it was intended.  As this process continues, the outer covering of the disc, called the annulus fibrosis, begins to degrade and fissures form, which can lead to back pain, disc herniation, and nerve compression.  As this process continues, the microenvironment in the disc nucleus becomes toxic to stem cells and starts to affect the ability of the disc to heal itself.

Treatments for chronic back pain from DDD (degenerative disc disease) range from physiotherapy (PT), spinal bracing, medications including anti-inflammatories and or opioids, spinal steroid injections, and lastly spinal fusion surgery.  The outcomes for these vary widely, but none of them address the underlying problem and root cause.

Until recently there was no precedent for the use of orthobiologics- (stem cells and growth factors found in one’s bone marrow) to treat chronic back and neck pain stemming from degenerative and damaged spinal discs. There is now a fair amount of research on the topic, and more being conducted every day.

The physicians at Regen Colorado have treated hundreds of patients with chronic back and neck pain using their own bone marrow.  We are also involved in cutting-edge research to help further the science behind this.  Please check our research tab for upcoming studies that you may qualify for.

We are also now part of a national registry called the ROR, or Regenerative Orthobiologics Registry.  This state of the art registry helps us to more accurately track outcomes and compare them to other high-quality physicians across the country practicing regenerative medicine.

Here are few good articles here for your review:

Biological Treatment Approaches for Degenerative Disc Disease: A Review of Clinical Trials and Future Directions

Intradiscal Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) For Early Stage Disc Disease

Contributed by Dr. Matthew Pouliot D.O., Medical Director at Regen Colorado

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