Stem Cells Offer Fresh Hope for Back Pain Sufferers
There’s now fresh new hope for people who experience back pain caused by intervertebral disc degeneration.
It’s because of the hard work and groundbreaking research from the Perelman School of Medicine, the School of Veterinary Medicine and the School of Engineering and Applied Science that there’s now a positive outcome in sight.
University of Pennsylvania researchers believe that they have found a solution to intervertebral disc degeneration, a common condition frequently leading to severe neck and back pain.
This specific condition is caused by the wearing out of the intervertebral discs which, when they are functioning normally, cushion the bones of the spine from the stresses and strains of normal activity.
Typically, doctors treat this type of degeneration with surgery to fuse the bones of the spine, or replace deteriorating discs with new discs made from artificial materials.
Although this can offer some relief, it does not provide a complete solution for the patient, as the full function of the spine usually cannot be fully restored (and often results in long term bouts of chronic pain)
Unfortunately, until very recently, this has been the only and best option available… leaving millions of people to deal with constant suffering.
Thankfully, this is not the only solution anymore.
The University of Pennsylvania’s multi-disciplinary team are now using stem cells to create a brand new disc which can replace the worn out tissue – all made from a patient’s own stem cells.
For fifteen years, the University’s bioengineers have taken stem cells which are undifferentiated cells, meaning they can be used to create new types of cells, and have used them to build replacement discs.
First in the laboratory, then in small animal experiments, and now in large animals. Scientists have been able to successfully begin building brand new discs which can be accepted by the body and which function just like the originals.
Professor Robert L. Mauck and his team have been able to insert the bioengineered discs into the spine and are proud to report that they are functioning like normal tissue.
This is an incredible finding to say the least!
He goes on to say that the new technique shows great promise for patients suffering from spine degeneration.
Since existing treatments don’t offer a complete restoration of movement, this new approach with bioengineered discs shows great promise to act as a natural and normally functioning part of the body, offering the hope of complete relief from pain and discomfort.
The Healing Miracle Team
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