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.