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Degenerative Spine Disease

Stem Cell Therapy: The Future for Degenerative Spine Disease

Degenerative disease of the lumbar spine is a primary cause of disability worldwide affecting at least 266 million people each year. Degenerative disease of the lumbar spine is an umbrella term used to describe different types of back pain including spondylolisthesis, spinal stenosis and disc degeneration.1,2 Degenerative disc disease in a condition in which damage to the spinal disc causes pain that can range from nagging to disabling and is the second leading cause of opioid prescriptions in the United States. For patients with severe degenerative disease, surgery may be considered as a treatment option, but surgery is invasive, risky, costly, and its effectiveness is unclear. For this reason, stem cell therapy is quickly becoming a preferred treatment option. Current Research The Stem Cells Transplant Institute in Costa Rica, recommends mesenchymal stem cells derived, cultured, and expanded from umbilical cord tissue, for the treatment of degenerative disc disease. A paper

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