In a new study presented at the American Academy of Pain Medicine, researchers explore alternative treatment for lower back pain by harvesting and re-injecting the body’s own bone marrow into spinal discs. Twenty-four individuals were injected with their own bone marrow aspirate cellular concentrate (BMAC) and were assessed for clinical improvements. Results of the study were inconclusive as several subjects reported relief after a few months to a year while others reported no improvement at all. However, researchers are optimistic that this pilot study will encourage future controlled clinical trials to further explore the use of stem cells for lower back pain relief. What do you currently recommend to patients with lower back pain? What are your opinions on the use of stem cells for pain relief?

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