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Stem Cell Therapy for Back Pain

Back pain is, unfortunately, very common. It is the second most common cause of missed work and is a leading cause of disability. In most cases, the best prescription for acute back pain is to simply rest the strained area for 2-4 weeks. In the case of chronic back pain, pain that lasts more than three months, the injury will not properly heal without further treatment. If you are suffering from chronic back pain, stem cell therapy may be the solution for your back pain.

Stem cell therapy and regenerative medicine provide cutting edge and minimally-invasive alternatives to surgery and pain medications for back pain. Stem cell therapy seeks to repair the unhealed injury by stimulating the healing process within the patient’s own body.

Common Causes of Back Pain

Herniated or Ruptured Discs:

Herniated or Ruptured Discs act as a cushion between the bones of the spine. Discs become herniated or ruptured when the jelly-like center of the disc pushes through a crack in the rubbery outer layer. This can then impinge on the spinal cord and spine nerve causing nerve pain and nerve dysfunction.

Spinal Osteoarthritis or Degenerative Disc Disease:

These terms describe painful conditions that are result of the wearing down of the discs and joints between the vertebrae.

Muscle or Ligament Strain:

repeated heavy lifting can strain back muscles or ligaments. These muscles and ligaments act as the stabilizers for the entire spinal column. While ligament and tendon tears can be painful on their own, a lack of stabilization from their injury results in osteoarthritis and degenerative disc disease over time as the discs and bone joints become injured from the lack of tendon and ligament support.


Pain radiating along the sciatic nerve which runs down one or both legs from the lower back. This is impingement on the major spinal nerve of the leg, and results from disc herniation or spinal arthritis resulting in narrowing of the spinal canal.

How back pain is treated using Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Therapy

Prolozone Therapy uses an injection of ozone gas along with high concentrate dextrose in order to stimulate growth, healing, repair and endogenous stem cell activation.  Dextrose is a mild irritant which turns on a healing response in a tissue that is stuck in a non-functional state of disrepair.  Ozone is a simple molecule containing three atoms of oxygen that is both man made and naturally occurring in nature, who's chemical abbreviation is O3.  Since it has one extra molecule of oxygen compared to the common forms of oxygen as O2 (oxygen gas), the extra oxygen molecule is easily passed off in chemical reactions known as oxidation.   While ozone is known to irritate the lungs in high concentration, in specific medical concentrations, the oxidative power of ozone in chemical reactions creates what is known in the body as redox (reduction-oxidation) signaling molecules, which are molecules in the body that act as cellular signals based upon their oxidative state.  Cytokines, nucleic acids, and enzymes all use oxidative(redox) state to perform and signal their functions in the body on the immune system, genetic system, and metabolism.  These signals are what is thought to enable ozone's regenerative powers through the activation of the body' s own stem cells following ozone injection into non-healing tissue.

Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy is one of the cutting edge tools we use at Hawaii Island Stem Cell Therapy and Regenerative Medicine. This therapy harnesses the inherent power of platelets, which are blood components found in the patient’s own blood.  In the blood, platelets have two major functions; signaling adjacent cells to begin the healing process and to stop bleeding in recently damaged tissues. When the body is damaged in anyway, platelets release growth factors into the surrounding tissue which then signal these tissues to flood the area with repair cells and healing nutrients. This effectively begins the process of repair and re-growth in damaged tissues. Hawaii Island Stem Cell Therapy and Regenerative Medicine uses the patient’s own blood- which is then centrifuged to separate blood cells from the platelets- resulting in a highly potent PRP.  This PRP is then injected into very specific musculoskeletal areas under ultrasound guidance and using precision injection technique.  The result is a higher level of healing than prior to the treatment due to the orchestration of an enhanced healing response vis a vis the growth factors in the platelets.

Autologous Meneschymanl Stromal Cells (MSC).  MSC's are spindle shaped cells isolated from bone marrow, adipose, and other tissue sources, with multipotent differentiation capacity in vitro and are sometimes referred to as Mesenchymal Stem Cells.  These MSC's are the cells harvested during autologous stem cell therapy.  Autologous means that the cells are harvested and concentrated form the patient's own body and then injected using ultrasound guidance and precision injection techniques into specific musculoskeletal targets.  Through cutting edge research, we now understand that the high concentration of MSC's placed in chronically painful and non-repaired musculoskeletal areas allows the MCS's to orchestrate cellular repair though cell signaling.  Also and although not proven yet, in some cases, the MSC's may work theoretically through differentiation into new target tissue (ie the cells may grow into new cartilage).  In either case, we have substantial Level 1 scientific evidence that MSC concentrates injected into targeted musculoskeletal areas of the lower back can achieve a significant reduction in pain over standard drug therapies, and represent a viable alternative to surgery in patients with many types of lower back pain.

In addition to orthobiologic injections, treatments at Hawaii Island Stem Cell Therapy and Regenerative Medicine are performed  within the context of holistic nutritional and lifestyle approaches designed to turn on your body's stem cell response from the inside, by achieving an optimum hormonal , metabolic and nutritional internal milieu.  Dr. Lawinski has years of experience in helping people achieve optimum health holistically using integrative and functional medicine approaches.  For more details about this comprehensive approach, visit our sister website here:

Contact Hawaii Island Stem Cell Therapy and Regenerative Medicine to schedule an appointment and to find out if stem cell therapy is the right solution for your back pain.