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Back pain is a common health problem in the United States and around the world. It affects people of all ages. It is estimated that 80 percent of people experience back pain at least once in their lifetime . Poor occupational posture, obesity, age, and depressed mood have all been identified as risk factors for back pain. However, the cause of low back pain is often obscure and the origin is not always identified. Older individuals may experience back pain due to degeneration of the intervertebral discs or arthritis. In younger people, an injury from lifting a heavy object, overuse, or poor posture may cause pain in the low back. Not only does low back pain cause physical debilitation, it also places a considerable financial burden on the affected person due to lost productivity or missed work opportunities. In addition, it prevents participation in working out, leisure activities, and socializing.
Neck pain, although less common than low back pain, still affects millions of Americans. It is estimated that the lifetime prevalence of neck pain in the world population is 25 to 50 percent . Working while sitting or leaning, poor sleeping position, injury to the brachial plexus (a collection of nerves near the cervical spine), whiplash injury, cervical radiculopathy (inflammation of the nerve root), stress and anxiety are all known causes of neck pain. It doesn’t help that nowadays so many of us spend hours looking down at a computer monitor or smart phone, leading to tired, overstretched muscles in the neck.
Conservative measures such as stretching, heat or ice application, posture correction, exercise, and massage may help mild low back and neck pain, but often does not relieve moderate to severe pain. At present, the cornerstone of treatment for neck and low back pain is analgesics (pain medications). However, there are several short- and long-term adverse effects of pain killers, including side effects, liver and kidney damage, and risk of addiction and abuse.
Many commonly used treatments for back and neck pain do not address the root cause of the problem. People suffering from chronic low back pain often try a variety of approaches, often without measurable or lasting results.
Surgery remains the last option when all other therapies fail, but according to the World Health Organization , outcomes from lumbar back surgeries are disappointing. Nonetheless, more than 1 million spinal operations are performed in the United States each year. Yet, failed back surgery is surprisingly common. This is a situation where the lumbar spinal surgery for low back pain does not meet the patient’s or surgeon’s expectations. Some people undergo a second, third, or fourth surgery to no avail and end up with higher pain levels and a poorer quality of life .
Are you unable to do the things you love because of low back pain? Does neck pain prevent you from participating in hobbies you once enjoyed? Does fear of a flare up leave you feeling anxious and emotionally drained?
Neck pain and/or low back pain can be exceedingly painful and are often severely debilitating. These conditions are one of the most common causes of disability among American adults. The pain often comes and goes. Flare ups are common, during which time the pain is more severe than usual.
If pain pills haven’t helped and you’re not keen to go under the knife, there is another option. Living Well Balanced Integrative Medical Centers brings you a groundbreaking new treatment for chronic pain.
Regenerative Medicine injections are being hailed as game changers in the management of low back pain and neck pain. Experts believe that regenerative therapy holds the key to many causes of back and neck pain. Rather than simply masking the symptoms, these therapies address the root of the problem, which is the damage and degeneration from years of wear and tear or overuse. These regenerative therapies are offering hope to millions to Americans who have been living with pain for years.
Amniotic tissues are typically discarded at the time of childbirth. However, these tissues are a rich source of growth factors, structural proteins, and other bioactive substances. To harness the power of amniotic tissues, they are collected during elective cesarean sections from carefully screened donors and processed in a cutting-edge laboratory. When injected into diseased or injured areas, they boost the body’s ability to repair and regenerate. At Living Well Balanced, the regenerative products we use are sourced from Predictive Biotech, an industry leader in this pioneering field of medicine.
Regenerative therapy can repair damaged discs and joints in the spine, restore function, and alleviate chronic pain. Some of the conditions treated by regenerative therapy include degenerative disc disease (DDD), herniated disc, sciatica and associated low back pain, and facet joint dysfunction. Studies  have shown that injection of amniotic tissue suspension into the lumbar spine (lower back) for one- or two-level lumbar fusion results in high fusion rates and no complications. Here are some of the advantages of regenerative medicine injections for back and neck pain:
Set up an appointment today to see if you are a suitable candidate for regenerative therapy for low back pain or neck pain. You could find yourself returning to activities such as golf, hiking, skiing, or even running marathons. If you have questions about Regenerative Medicine for your knee pain please call our office at 919-926-8890.