Look at the human spine that makes ballerinas graceful, gymnasts able and you to be able to bend and stretch. Notice I do not have great expectations for us. The spine has 24 vertebrae that are cushioned by gelatinous disks and the little facet joints that help make your back flexible. All the ligaments and muscles and nerves are surrounded by the spine’s complexities and is a miracle of engineering. Or, it can be a curse when something goes wrong.
So, then surgery comes in. Nearly 1.2 million Americans go through spinal surgery each year. The number is staggering because it is triple the number of heart related coronary bypasses at 415,000 and nearly 4 times the number of hip replacements at 327,000 each year. Approximately 300,000 of those back surgeries were a thing called spinal fusions where the vertebrae are joined surgically so they can’t move. They are often held in place permanently by metal screws or rods. Yes, just like Frankenstein.
His inspiration came when he thought of how an ordinary cut heals. It is 2 products that are in everyone’s body. Stuff called Thrombin and Fibrinolysis Inhibitors. These two components come together and magically eventually your cut will heal. Together they make a substance called Fibrin. This Doctor takes this stuff in a concentrated form and injects it directly into your disc and the glue like substance travels through all tears and around the disc like a lubricant causing less stress and NO PAIN.
In about 7 weeks the healing process is complete. He doesn’t have Food and Drug Administration approval yet . Phase 3 clinical trials are going on now and results are expected by 2015. He successfully has treated thousands of his patients in this way with a 86% success rate even though he only has a private practice that has been in existence for 6 years. There are many testimonies from people who were bed ridden or who suffered from serious car accidents who claim their lives are better with this new procedure.
The North American Spine Society has just published a paper called “Spine Line” on the latest experimental therapies involving disc restoration. The article was titled “Biologic Treatments for Discogenic Low Back Pain.” Soon, this is the future for back pain treatment for all. So, get your loved ones out of their pain doldrums and investigate this or stem cell, or protein growth substances to get them erect and well so you can get back into those positions you loved to be in years ago that stimulated your relationships.