At the 2014 American Academy of Pain Management meeting, the Mayo Clinic shared some very positive findings during a poster session. This is interesting..maybe someday it will lead to a new way to treat degenerative disc disease, a common and painful condition that is all too common.
The poster explained a study that was conducted using stem cell transplants to treat degenerative disc disease in animals. Over the study period, the discs in the spines of the animals treated with stem cells actually showed signs of regeneration!
Current treatment of degenerative disc disease via medication: acetaminophen and NSAID drugs are commonly employed for this purpose. We all know long term or excessive use of these medications is unwise; it is good to know that new ways of addressing this problem may be on the horizon. What's more exciting is that a stem cell infusion is a lot easier to endure than some other forms of treatment, such as surgery.
Let's hope that this research leads to some relief for those afflicted with this most uncomfortable and disabling problem!
Sources: Newswise.com; WebMD; Wikimedia