Stem Cell Therapy for Low Back Pain
More patients around the world are asking their pain management physician if stem cell therapy is an option for them. People who have dealt with low back pain may even consider this, since it’s the type of pain that can lead to less productivity and missed work time. While stem cell therapy has worked on patients in different situations before, it’s still a long way away from being a proven effective method for treating low back pain.
Potential Risks of Stem Cell Therapy for Back Pain
With so many unknowns surrounding stem cell therapy to alleviate back pain, you could put yourself at risk of causing more pain in both the short-term and long-term and at a considerable expense since it is not covered by insurance. While the theory of stem cell therapy can’t harm you anymore since you’re using the stem cells from your own body, the results simply aren’t proven. Most professional medical services will point you away from stem cell treatments, because there isn’t enough research evidence to show the effectiveness and safety.
Lack of Proven Results Could Create Dangerous Outcomes
The buzz surrounding stem cell therapy right now is for curing degenerative disc disease. The concerning part about this treatment is again the lack of proven scientific results. Some skin, eye and bone conditions have used stem cell therapy and are accepted as safe and effective. However, research is still ongoing to determine whether the same can be said for back pain.Whether you have lower right back pain, degenerative disc disease or any other type of pain, it’s important to know that there is still no evidence to support this treatment for any back pain pathology.
What is a Functional Restoration Program?
Whether stem cell therapy becomes safe and proven in the future or not, going through a spine functional restoration program is always going to be the best option available. If you have been inactive because of your back pain, then restoring function to the muscles, ligaments and tendons that require strength and especially endurance to support the spine is a must to prevent recurrent episodes. Plus, it’s much less expensive and doesn’t involve a lot of your time. The best pain management physician will guide you through a functional restoration program or, at the very least, recommend one to you.
DBC Active Spine Care® offers a comprehensive spine functional restoration program designed to help you build strength and endurance while decreasing pain for a more functional spine. Instead of exploring the potentially dangerous, expensive and unproven stem cell therapy for your low back pain, reach out to us first to learn about our safe and effective spine functional restoration program.