Disc Degeneration - Novastem

Degenerative Disc

How do stem cells allow regenerative mechanisms to thrive?

Our spine is comprised of piled up bony structures called vertebras. In between these vertebrae we have anatomical cushions called discs that buffer our every movement and help maintain the stability of the spine. Discs are made up of a gelatin like substance in the center and an outer ring that helps maintain the gelatin in place. The center is composed of mainly water along with loose collagen fibres. With certain conditions such as exposure to increased stressors to the spine (gymnastics, runners, etc.) and even in the natural process of aging, DDD may be a factor or a cause of pain. The initiation of symptoms may be sooner than you think. The disc could start with some degree of dehydration that eventually with time, may cause a progression to increased degeneration of discs and the presentation of other complications.

One of the crucial and most important factor in a stroke is the prompt diagnosis. This starts with the people surrounding the patient and the paramedics, by evaluating the symptoms of the patient, which often are:

Symptoms:

DDD is a condition whose treatments may vary depending on the stage of the disease. In early phases, there are several procedures that may improve the pain and numbness.

Disc degeneration may cause symptoms such as:

  • Numbness of the extremity
  • Pain in site
  • Irradiation of pain to a arm or leg
  • Activities that include lifting, bending and twisting usually worsens the pain.
  • Pain may improve with certain positions

In early stages, patients resources rely on pain medication or injections to control the pain and symptoms, without providing changes or solutions to the underlying cause of the condition. Regenerative medicine offers a new conservative and therapeutic option that reduces local inflammation and pain, while also promoting and secreting factors that contribute to the healing properties of the body. It has been found that direct injections to discs may increase the volume and height of your discs and reducing or even disappearing common symptoms in early stage patients.

Disc application sites include:
  • Cervical discs (neck)
  • Lumbar discs (lower back)
  • We will contact you soon after you submit your inquiry. Our medical team may schedule a phone conference or video conference to answer any questions you might have. If they determine that you may benefit from our therapy, there are certain lab tests that are needed in order to evaluate your current health and, if not optimal, get you to that place in which the therapy may be potentialized. Once at our facilities, you will have a private consultation with our medical staff with the completion of your medical history and a full physical examination just to verify everything established during our previous interactions. The full therapy plan will be explained to you and you will be asked to sign an informed consent form to establish your full knowledge of the therapy. Our professional and friendly health team will then set up an IV through which we will apply the treatment, as mentioned earlier. Generally, the steps during your visit are as follows:

    • Private medical consultation
    • Informed Consent agreement
    • Hypersensibility testing
    • Direct injection in sterile suite guided with fluoroscopy
    • Observation period
    • Discharge

    After discharge we follow up with all of our patients for up to two years with scheduled calls and emails to verify the patient's progress.

    PRP Combination

    Platelet Rich Plasma or commonly known as PRP, is a concentration of platelets we may produce from the drawing of your blood. When an injury occurs in your body, platelet cells migrate to the lesion site and release certain growth factors that promote other components to migrate and also to begin with the healing and regeneration process. By drawing and centrifuging your blood in sterile conditions, we concentrate all of the cellular components of your blood, leaving the separation as follows:

    • Red blood cells
    • White blood cells
    • Platelets
    • Serum

    We take the solution and administer the solution with platelets directly to the disc to provide the region with growth factors that are promoters for healing to increase the potential of the cell therapy.