Treating Facet Joint Problems with Stem Cell Therapy

One cause of chronic neck and back pain is a condition called facet joint syndrome. Your facet joints connect your vertebrae and allow your spine to bend and twist, giving you the mobility you need to move comfortably. 

Dr. Arash Dini has the knowledge and expertise to recognize facet joint issues, and he offers numerous treatments to ease the pain they cause. One that is often successful is stem cell therapy

How facet joints work

Your facet joints serve an important purpose. Without them, your spine would be a stiff rod, and you couldn’t bend or turn. If you have facet joint pain, you probably have an idea of what that would be like.

In addition to allowing you to bend and twist, the facet joints keep your vertebrae from moving too far, and they allow nerves to pass through from your spine to the rest of your body. 

Each facet joint is surrounded by cartilage which keeps the bones from grinding against each other. Additional protection is provided by a lubricating tissue called the synovium. 

Every part of the facet joint can be problematic. For example, if the cartilage begins to break down, you’ll have pain. If your synovium stops producing the lubrication your joints need, you’ll also have problems. Any swelling or inflammation can result in pinched nerves, which are painful. 

Since you have facet joints from your neck to the base of your spine, the symptoms you experience may vary based on which joints are affected. All of these various factors are important, and require an expert like Dr. Dini who understands which treatment options are likely to work. 

Stem cell therapy as a solution 

Stem cells might be considered your body’s raw materials. They’re like blank cells that can transform into specialized cells as needed. They can also reproduce cells that are called daughter cells. Daughter cells can be either stem cells or specialized cells. 

When you have stem cell therapy, we gather stem cells from your body -- usually from your fat tissue or from one of your bones -- and then we inject them into an area that needs to be healed. 

Once the stem cells are injected, they go to work becoming the type of cell that’s needed in that area. So, if you’re having problems with the cartilage in your facet joints, the stem cells will transform into cartilage cells. Since they have the ability to produce specialized daughter cells, more healthy cartilage cells will be produced. 

Stem cell therapy uses your body’s own tools for renewing and healing. The entire treatment is done right in Dr. Dini’s office, and it’s minimally invasive. 

If you’d like to learn more about facet joints and stem cell therapy, book an appointment with Dr. Dini today. We have two locations, one in Los Angeles and one in Encino, California. Simply call the office that’s most convenient for you.

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