Q: What can stem cell injections do for my back pain?
A: Stem cell therapy can potentially repair damaged discs and facet joints, helping alleviate chronic pain.
Q: What types of back pain can stem cell injections help with?
A: Spinal injections can relieve pain for conditions such as:
- Spinal stenosis
- Herniated disc
- Inflamed or damaged nerves
- Degenerative disc disease (DDD)
- Facet joint dysfunction
- Lumbar disc dysfunction
- Overuse injuries
- And more
Q: How long until I feel relief after stem cell treatment?
A: Some people start feeling back pain relief within three weeks, while others can take six to eight weeks. Continued improvement is expected to occur for about six months.
Q: How long do the effects of a spinal injection for back pain last?
A: Some patients report pain relief lasting for years after stem cell therapy.
Q: Am I a candidate for stem cell treatment for back pain?
A: Suitable candidates for stem cells for back pain are people who suffer from painful facet or disc injuries, trauma, or a debilitating spinal condition such as rheumatoid arthritis.
Q: What’s the difference between “stem cell therapy” and regenerative therapy?
A: While Dr. Peloza does conduct stem cell therapy, what he does here at the Center for Spine Care in Dallas involves so much more than that. Cellular tissue grafts contain more than stem cells but also extracellular proteins, growth factors, and cytokines — all of which can help stimulate your body’s regenerative process. Regenerative therapy involves all the methods we use to help create new, healthy tissue to replace worn-down or lost tissue (due to disease, age, congenital defects, etc.). When it comes to spinal disc conditions, regenerative medicine can be a solution in and of itself or it can supplement other treatments. Stem cell therapy is one component of the broader category of regenerative therapy.
Q: What is a “degenerative cascade”?
A: A degenerative cascade is where spinal deformities, stenosis, or nerve root compression may occur, building on top of each other to create a whole spine degeneration complex.
Q: Is regenerative spine therapy right for me?
A: Regenerative therapy is a relatively safe, reliable way to start treating back pain or your spine injury. Its benefits include:
- Fast pain reduction
- Minimal recovery time following treatment
- Promotes natural healing
- Anesthesia isn’t needed
- Less inflammation than surgery
- Typically an outpatient procedure