Medical technologies based on adult stem cells are offering a new treatment method for spinal hernias (also known as slipped discs), one of the most common causes of chronic lower back pain.
Spinal hernias occur most often in the lumbar region, the lower back, though they can happen at any point. The human spine is made up of bones (the vertebrae) and pieces of soft tissue in between them, known as discs. The discs include a tough, fibrous outer layer, and soft tissue inside. In a spinal hernia, the interior bulges and may break through the outer layer. If a herniated disc presses on a nerve, it can cause continuous back pain, possibly severe; numbness in the legs; or sciatica – pain in the sciatic nerve, which runs from the lower back down the back of the legs.
ilaya’s treatment uses the potential of adult stem cells to regenerate the disc tissue, helping your body to heal itself. Stem cells are cells that haven’t yet been differentiated into a particular type of tissue (such as muscle, bone or organs); while embryonic stem cells have been much discussed, many people don’t know that every adult’s body also has stem cells that it uses to grow new tissue. We collect stem cells from your body and induce them to multiply in our laboratory; once we’ve grown a sufficient number of cells, we inject them into the spinal disc, where they grow into new tissue, repairing the damage.
The procedure takes advantage of ilaya’s 15 years of using adult stem cells in tissue regeneration therapies. Some of our other treatments include using stem cells to grow bone and cartilage tissue, for treatment of conditions such as equinus foot deformity, misaligned fracture setting and trauma.
Stem cells vs traditional surgery
ilaya’s stem-cell treatment for spinal hernias is non-invasive, relying on an injection rather than surgery, and offers a six-month recovery time. That’s the same as for an operation, but the difference is in the success rate of 95% for our procedure, compared with 70% for surgery. (Of course, we realise that the data series for our new technology is a lot shorter than for surgeries.)
As with many medical conditions, the best thing to do about spinal hernias is to prevent them: Proper posture when sitting, or lifting heavy items, can go a long way to avoid excessive wear and tear on the discs, which is the cause of many hernias.There is a wealth of information online that can help you keep your spine healthy.
Once diagnosed, many spinal hernias can be treated with heat or ice, exercise, and physical therapy. If you’ve already been diagnosed with a spinal hernia and have been recommended for surgery, you may wish to consider ilaya’s stem-cell treatment programme. In consultation with your current doctor, we’ll determine whether our procedure is right for you; treatment will require at least two visits to our clinic in Kyiv, Ukraine.
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