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Stem Cell Therapy for Back Pain?

Does stem cell therapy for back pain actually work? If so, can stem cell therapy work for degenerative disc disease? What kinds work better than others? Is stem cell therapy covered by insurance? Let’s dig in. My Street Cred on Stem Cell Therapy for Back Pain Back in 2005, I was one of the first…
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New Research: Low Back Fusion Surgeries Are Ineffective

Low back fusion in medicine is one of those procedures that some doctors have come to hate. Why? While a handful of patients do fine, many become lifelong patients with new problems caused by the procedure. So I have to say that I’m happy that the research has finally caught up to what we see…
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Low Back BioDisc: The Kitchen Sink Approach

If you read this blog, you know that I tend to blog about what happens in daily practice. Hence, I just learned of a new spine-treatment approach from a patient who asked me to review his medical records to see if I could help his long-standing low back pain. In the records, it was called…
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Leg Muscle Wasting as You Age? Take a Look at the Low Back Nerves

Have you ever noticed that thinner older people have flatter butts and skinnier legs compared to young people? According to new research, this isn’t just your imagination, but a real physiologic effect of aging. One that again shows us how much the nerve supply of the low back impacts our legs without us knowing it’s…
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Another Lower Back Stem Cell Injection Patient Result

Way back when, in 2005/6, when I injected the first patient in the world with stem cells into a damaged low back disc, it was “way out there.” In fact, we had to be under the supervision of an Institutional Review Board just to get it done. How times have changed in 13 short years.…
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Lower Back Stem Cell Treatment: Top 5 Things to Know

In the last few years, there’s been an explosion in chiropractic and other clinics offering lower back stem cell treatments. The big problem, however, is that while some of these stem cell treatments are real, the vast majority are fake or just poorly done. As the first physician in the world to perform lower back…
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How to Avoid Discography Side Effects: Biologic Discography

Frankly, until we became the first in the world to inject stem cells into discs, discography never made much sense to me. I would tell patients, “I’m going to poke a hole in your disc to see if there’s a hole in your disc.” However, when we began to see that platelet rich plasma and…
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Arthritis from Injury to a Joint: Can It Be Prevented?

Our entire medical-care system has been trained through decades of trying to control costs to simply ignore small injuries. However, here’s the thing: these small injuries can become big problems if left untreated. In fact, all severe arthritis likely starts with a small injury to the cartilage or ligaments that was ignored. I call these…
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