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What is your opinion about stem cell therapy for back pain?

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Published At January 28, 2017
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Patient's Query

Hi doctor,

I have lower back pain for more than 8 years and sciatica for the last 6 years. Now, I could not lift my left foot properly. My recent electromyography of left foot revealed signs of a chronic denervation of the muscles on the left foot from the L5 motor root. My recent MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) revealed two herniated discs between (Lumbar) L3-L4 and L4-L5.

Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com.

You need surgery for the herniated discs since they are significant and you have a neurological deficit (attachment removed to protect patient identity). I would advise you go ahead with surgery as soon as possible. You have good chances of recovering the lost function.

Patient's Query

Hello doctor,

Thank you for your reply. I would like to know your opinion about stem cell therapy for my back.

Hi, Welcome back to icliniq.com.

As I said earlier, you will need surgery for the herniated discs. As for stem cell therapy for the back, there is no evidence about its benefit in spinal cord injury and disc prolapse, although a lot of research is being done. I do not recommend stem cell therapy for your problem.

Same symptoms don't mean you have the same problem. Consult a doctor now!

Dr. Ambekar Sudheer
Dr. Ambekar Sudheer

Neurosurgery

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