Most of us will experience back pain at some point in our lives. But what happens when an acute injury turns into something more serious? You might be thinking that steroid injections or surgery, such as a microdiscectomy or laminectomy, are the only ways to treat low back pain. We’re here to tell you that there is another way!
Low back pain is one of the top health conditions that lead people to seek medical treatment and is a major cause of disability. With an ever-increasing number of Americans reporting some kind of low back pain, it’s no wonder so many are desperately seeking relief. This debilitating pain can often start as an acute injury to the soft tissues surrounding the disks and vertebra of the spine such as muscles, ligaments, and even nerves. When pain such as this persists for more than six months, it is considered a chronic issue. As we age or incur traumatic injury, spinal structures can begin to weaken causing spinal instability
How Do You Know that Your Low Back Pain Has Become a Problem?
As we said above, when low back pain persists for more than six months it is considered a chronic, or long-term condition. This means that your low back pain may even be felt during the most commonplace activities, such as standing, sitting, or walking. Activity that calls for repetitive movement will also tend to cause a painful problem and lifting your legs up and down could even prove difficult.
Low back pain is usually easy to diagnose. Through a physical exam and health history, the cause of low back pain can usually be determined. In the case of a more serious injury, you may need an X-ray, MRI, or C-T scan. These images will give your doctor a clear picture of the cause and location of your pain. In many cases, low back pain is caused by issues with the soft disks that are in between each of the vertebrae of the spine. This is what causes a common condition known as sciatica – a leading cause of low back pain.
Traditional Approaches to Healing the Cause of Your Low Back Pain:
In today’s medical world treatment for low back pain is focused primarily on one thing: symptom reduction by removing a part of the body’s anatomy. This is all well and good except for the fact that it does nothing to truly help the body heal. Modern treatment of low back pain usually looks like a cascade of interventions that almost always leads to invasive surgery. What this does is cause increasingly serious problems and even more pain in the long run. Not something you want!
If you’re reading this article, chances are you’ve already gone over the traditional medical options to treat low back pain such as:
- Over the counter or prescription pain medication
- Decreased activity
- Epidural steroid injections
- Invasive surgeries such as discectomy, laminectomy, and decompression
We know that you’re wondering if you’ve got other options. The answer is YES, you do! If you were under the impression that these are the only ways to treat your low back pain, keep reading!
The Problem with Surgery
Two main surgical interventions to treat low back pain are discectomy and laminectomy. A diseconomy is performed on the disks of the spine to remove the herniated portion of the disk. A laminectomy is performed to remove a portion of the lamina, which is the back portion of the vertebrae covering the spinal canal.
What happens after these surgeries is a weakening of the structures around the spine – something we call degenerative instability, which causes joints to become sloppy and move too much in a way that they shouldn’t. This can cause further painful complications such as an even greater disk herniation or a nerve root compression, both of which are very painful. When this happens the need for more surgery is inevitably created and a long-term problem develops into increasingly serious interventions.
Opting for a Truly Healing Alternative to Your Low Back Pain:
At Ortho-biologics Tampa, we offer an alternative to back or spinal surgery called PRP or Platelet-Rich Plasma Procedures. This cutting-edge therapy is helpful if you find yourself diagnosed with a bulging or herniated disk, sciatica, arthritis in the lower back, lumbar back pain, or any other degenerative disk disease.
For many years, injections have been used to treat low back pain and inflammation from slipped or herniated disks. These injections typically contain a mix of steroids and other pain medication. The problem with these is that results are usually varied and once started, typically have to be continued in increasing frequency and usually just lead to surgical intervention when they fail to work.
Unfortunately, the success rate of these steroidal infections is very low.
How Can Cellular Therapy Help Solve Your Low Back Pain?
Cellular Therapy involves taking the healing tissues of your own body and injecting them over the area of injury or pain. These injections have a high concentration of your own platelets (which you will donate yourself) and stem cells which works to revitalize and heal damaged tissues such as ligaments, tendons, and joints that are injured. Because stem cells have strong growth factors that are great for natural healing infusing, injecting a high concentration of them over an area that needs healing puts your injury on the fast track to healing.
Platelets also contain a special protein that signals your body’s own stem cells to gather around an injury and help to regenerate new healthy tissue. This helps to repair the damage right where it’s needed so pain can be relieved and normal function can be restored. During this therapy, we will take a small sample of your blood and place it into a centrifuge machine that separates the platelets from other blood components.
We will also perform what’s called an aspiration to obtain many millions of your body’s healing cells. We then inject the concentrated platelets and cells right into the area of your low back where they are needed in order to help your body heal. Cellular Therapy is an amazing way to improve overall function and restore your health. It provides the right conditions for the body to repair itself leading to longer-term relief.
We would love to see you here at Ortho-Biologics Tampa and get you back on the road to living your life free from the consequences of low back pain.
Give us a call today at 877-381-4200 and we will get you on the road to feeling like yourself again!