You Don't Have to Live With Lower Back Pain — Here's What to Do About It

Lower back pain plagues millions of people around the world. It strikes athletes and executives, desk jockeys and disc jockeys, stay-at-home moms and on-the-go dads. No one is immune. Your spine is a complex system of intricate parts that undergo a lot of wear-and-tear, misuse, and abuse over the years. 

Jack Nicklaus, among the greatest professional golfers of all time, understands this well. His lower back pain plagued him for many years during his amazing career. To cope, he received steroid injections to decrease the inflammation, which gave him temporary relief and allowed him to get in a round of reduced-pain golf. 

But nothing improved his condition until he found out about stem cell therapy and flew to Germany for treatment.

Dr. Wade McKenna at McKenna Orthopedics offers the same procedure here in Texas. He specializes in regenerative medicine, including stem cell therapy, which helps alleviate the underlying condition causing your lower back pain rather than just masking it. 

Top four reasons your lower back hurts

Lower back pain is a general term used to describe what you feel if any one of these mechanical issues occur in your spine. 

Discs

You could have a problem with your discs, those cushioning little doughnut-shaped spacers between your bony vertebrae. They could be damaged from an injury, be ruptured or herniated, or have deteriorated from years of wear-and-tear. 

Spine

You could have spinal stenosis, a condition that causes your spinal canal to get too narrow and press on nerves.

Support system

You may have strained the muscles or sprained the ligaments in your lower back, which makes it unstable and difficult to stand, walk, and bend.

Nerves

You might have sciatica, where your sciatic nerve has been compressed, causing pain that starts in your lower back, then radiates through your buttocks and down your leg.

Traditional lower back pain treatments

Shy of surgery, the typical course of treatment for lower back pain has been anti-inflammatory medications (either over-the-counter or prescription drugs) and physical therapy. When relevant, weight loss, modified activities, and lifestyle changes can help as well. 

These conservative approaches are always the best initial treatment and often relieve your pain long enough to allow you to heal completely. But when these don’t help and your pain persists, your next step has always been surgery — until now.

Nonsurgical stem cell therapy

Stem cell therapy has revolutionized lower back pain treatment. Rather than masking pain with drugs or resorting to surgery, stem cell therapy supercharges the power of your own body’s self-healing abilities. 

If you’re a good candidate for stem cell therapy, our team draws marrow from your iliac crest, which is near the hip area. We process your bone marrow in a centrifuge to isolate the parts we need. The final product is called bone marrow aspirate concentrate (BMAC), and it’s one of the most common ways to safely extract stem cells from your body. Our team then injects this solution into the area where you’re experiencing pain. 

The reason this fluid is so effective is that it contains a high concentration of stem cells, which have the unique ability to morph into any kind of cells your body needs. If you have degenerated discs or deteriorated tissues, stem cells reproduce in the form of cells that match and replace the damaged cells, speeding up your body’s healing process.

In addition to BMAC, we also use allograft tissue, a donated sample that introduces more than 100 different growth factors into your body, as well as 60 times the amount of prostaglandins than stem cell therapy alone. Prostaglandins are a group of compounds your body produces to fight inflammation.

Jack Nicklaus was treated for facet joint syndrome in his back, but there are several other orthopedic conditions that stem cell therapy can help, such as disc degeneration, sacroiliac joint pain, and annular tears, to name a few. 

You don’t have to be a professional golfer to experience back pain, and you don’t have to be one to discover the benefits of stem cell therapy. If you’ve been suffering from lower back pain that won’t go away with conservative treatments, call us today or request an appointment online to find out if stem cell therapy might work for you. 

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