Spinal discs allow your spine to bend and twist. These flexible shock absorbers can be damaged by injury, disease, or the added stress that can result from a spinal fusion. But stem cell therapy may help. It uses parts of your own blood to help repair disc damage. It can slow disc degeneration. It may help you avoid surgery.
Collecting the Stem Cells
Stem cell therapy takes advantage of the special healing quality of stem cells. These cells can help repair damage to discs and other tissues in the body. Stem cells are found in your bone marrow. Your doctor can use a special needle to take a small amount of marrow from your hip bone.
The doctor injects this mixture into your damaged disc. The injection triggers your body’s healing response. The stem cells multiply. They help rebuild tears and restore damaged parts of your disc.
After the procedure, you can go home. Your doctor will ask you to come back to the office several times to monitor the healing process.