Stem Cell Therapy for Degenerative Spine Conditions of the Neck

by LSI on September 18, 2012



Stem cell therapyIf you read the newspaper, watch the news, or listen to the radio, stem cell therapy is likely something that you’ve heard about, but is stem cell science simply confined to the laboratory, or is it actually a phenomenon that could apply to your life and your health? If you suffer from chronic back or neck pain due to degenerative spine conditions, learning more about stem cell research and recent advances in stem cell treatments may help broaden your outlook on the types of therapies that are available to you.

What Are Stem Cells?

Stem cells are cells in the body that are not differentiated or specialized, so named because they have not yet “branched out” from their “stem” to serve a specific function within the body. They do, however, have the ability to become specialized and continue to multiply and divide indefinitely. This ability to constantly multiply means they can grow into healthy tissue that can be used to repair or replace damaged tissues in the body, such as degenerated discs, which is why stem cells are considered an important potential treatment for many different types of diseases.

But how does any of this apply to conditions of the spine? Many degenerative spine conditions, such as bulging discs and herniated discs, can cause chronic back and neck pain due to the gradual deterioration of tissues. For instance, over time the intervertebral discs of the spine lose:


  • Water content
  • Elasticity
  • Height
  • Strength

Furthermore, because these discs don’t have their own blood supply, it is virtually impossible for them to repair themselves once damage has been done. This makes them susceptible to bulging or herniation, either of which can cause back pain or neck pain.

However, stem cell therapy could offer a way to inject healthy, reparative cells into the damaged disc tissues so that the disc can regenerate. The procedure generally involves:

  • Extracting healthy stem cells from bone marrow elsewhere in the body
  • Minimally invasive surgical techniques
  • Far less trauma and fewer risks than a highly invasive spine surgery

While stem cell therapy for neck pain or back pain could offer many patients a safe, effective alternative to open spine surgery, not all patients will be candidates for this type of minimally invasive procedure. If you’re considering any form of spine surgery, be sure to talk with a variety of spine specialists about your condition and the type of procedure that offers you the best chance for pain relief and enhanced mobility.

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

George September 18, 2012 at 3:06 pm

Interesting. I never knew that stem cells could help spine health.

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vickie kim clark November 7, 2012 at 3:47 pm

In pain for 10 years after many fusion, were can i go to try the stem cell i live in Frederick Md.21702 Have injection soon to determine the excite, help, thanks for your time

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vickie kim clark November 7, 2012 at 3:50 pm

in alot of pain for 10,years tear in disc, below c7, now in alot of pain

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Kimberly Doerfler August 19, 2013 at 10:52 pm

I pain for many yrs with multiple procedures such as epidurals,nerve block with no success. Where can I find out about stem cell injections for neck pain. I live in Florida. Also what is the cost of injections

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Evelyn Masters April 9, 2014 at 11:07 am

is there anywhere I can go to receive free treatment with stem cell therapy. I have no job or insurance. I am having degenerative disk problems in my neck. its causing me pain in neck and shoulder and dizziness. I need help please advise asap.

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