Degenerative disc disease in your spine isn’t really a disease, but the term used to describe common age- or injury-related changes to the discs in your vertebrae. These changes include the loss of fluid/hydration in the discs, which can result in reduced flexibility, as well as tears or cracks in the annulus (outer layer) of the disc, which can cause it to bulge, rupture, or break apart. Depending on the location of the disc, those with degenerative disc disease may suffer from mild to debilitating neck or back pain or numbness – or a combination of both – and this can also affect the arms and legs. If traditional non-surgical methods don’t take care of the pain, surgery involving removing the disc and replacing it with an artificial one, or fusing the surrounding vertebrae is often the last-resort treatment.
Alternatively, stem cell therapy used in the affected area may help the disc heal itself. A stem cell injection can reduce the inflammation, thus relieving the pressure on the nerves that cause the pain or numbness.
Spinal stem cell therapy may be ideal for treating:
The Elite Regenerative Institute in Johnstown was founded with the passion to advance technology and research and to help patients suffering from spinal injuries and severe back pain find healing. With more than 10 years of cellular regeneration experience, Dr. Donner and our knowledgeable staff have developed a regenerative program that can rehabilitate injuries, heal degenerative tissues and joints, and decrease pain. We continuously provide patients with the ability to participate in clinical studies in conjunction with the FDA and WIRB in an attempt to innovate techniques used for regenerative therapies.
In our clinic, we use orthopedic stem cell therapy instead of surgery to treat injuries and conditions caused by aging and degeneration in the spine, sacroiliac joints, shoulders, hips, knees, and other joints. Our autologous stem cell treatments use adult mesenchymal, multipotent stem cells that are drawn from a patient’s own bone marrow and are then injected back into the injured, damaged, or painful area.