It is estimated that over 50,000,000 Americans experience chronic back pain. Medical professionals like Dr. Shounuck Patel of the Functional Regeneration Center in Orange County and Los Angeles are using innovative treatments like cell and PRP injection treatments to relieve back pain. Since back pain affects a patient’s quality of life, it is good to know that there are non-surgical treatments available to help alleviate back pain and address the root cause of the condition. 

Common Causes of Back Pain

Back pain is caused by a variety of common conditions including:

  • Injuries: People often experience back pain from an injury or tear in the ligaments and tendons in the back. Another cause of back pain is herniated discs that result from wear and tear over time. A herniated disc occurs when the soft tissue between vertebrae moves out of place. 
  • Degenerative Discs: Degenerative disc disease is an arthritic condition of the spine and a major cause of back pain. Degenerative disc disease occurs when the soft tissue between vertebrae wears down. That tissue acts as a “shock absorber” between vertebrae. As the soft tissue wears down, it ceases to function as a shock absorber, and the bones of the vertebrae rub together, which causes the pain associated with this condition. 
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis: This auto-immune disorder attacks the lining of the joints. While rheumatoid arthritis is more common in other joints, it can also affect the spine, usually in the cervical or neck region. Rheumatoid arthritis of the spine is not caused by wear and tear because of this, it’s considered inflammatory arthritis. 
  • Spondyloarthritis: Spondyloarthritis is a group of inflammatory diseases that affect the joints, ligaments, and tendons that attach to the vertebrae in the back. 

While traditionally these conditions are treated with surgery, steroid injections, or pain medication, regenerative medicine specialists like Dr. Shounuck Patel at the Center for Functional Regeneration in the Los Angeles area offer advanced non-surgical options for patients suffering from back pain. 

Why Cell Injections Are Effective for Back Pain 

Cell injections act as “repairers” of the body. In musculoskeletal tissues of the back, such as bones, muscles, tendons, and ligaments, there are special cells called Mesenchymal cells (MSCs). These cells are in charge of regulating areas in the back in terms of injury or pain. 

As we get older or undergo injuries, we don’t always have enough of these healing cells in the area that needs repair. The ultimate goal of cell treatment is to promote the repair response of diseased, dysfunctional, or injured tissues in the back. This is accomplished by harvesting cellular tissue from areas known to be rich in mesenchymal cells and then injecting them into the areas of the back needing repair. 

Cell Therapy for Back Pain 

Cell injections for back pain are completed with ultrasound guided injections that offer a number of advantages over traditional surgical procedures. The risk of infection or complications is much lower when compared to surgery and the patient’s recovery time is much shorter.

Cell therapy for back pain uses a patient’s own cells to heal the affected area. 

The typical cell procedure uses an automated centrifuge to prepare the patient’s cells. Dr.Patel takes a custom approach to tailor the cell mixture to meet the unique needs of his patient’s condition. 

Dr. Patel performs a minimally-invasive procedure to inject the custom cell mixture. With ultrasound technology, he can deliver the healing properties of cells precisely to the necessary area of the  back and spine. The cells then go to work right away reducing inflammation and pain. Cell therapy is distinct in it’s healing properties when compared to traditional surgical treatments as it works to promote long-term healing of the affected area. 

Why Choose the Patel Center for Functional Regeneration For Back Pain?

Regenerative medicine is a scientific and medical discipline that uses the power of cells and the regenerative properties of the body for healing and alleviating pain from your conditions. Years of research and clinical studies validate the effectiveness of cell injections as an approach that helps the body to heal itself naturally. Dr. Shounuck Patel is a leading physician in this field. He treats patients in Los Angeles County, Orange County and around the world. 

Contact Dr. Patel to schedule a discovery call with his patient concierge to discuss if you are a candidate for regenerative medicine treatments for your back pain.