The Drs: Degenerative Disc Disease Stem Cell Treatment Study

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The Doctors: Degenerative Disc Disease Treatment

Did you know there are “squishy discs” between the vertebrae in your back? As we age, they can break down, causing problems such as shrinking and other medical concerns.

Dr. Tim Davis visited the show to share a new “minimally invasive approach” to treating these disc problems. He said it uses Stem Cells to fix the discs from the inside out. The Stem Cells are taken from a patient’s fat stores or bone marrow, then processed into usable material that can be injected into the discs.

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The Drs: Stem Cells

The Doctors learned that Stem Cells could hold the key to improving treatments for Degenerative Disc Disease.

The Drs TV: Stem Cell Donors FDA Trial

Another approach involves Stem Cell implants from donor patients, which is current going through FDA trials. The study results are promising so far, but it will be a few years before doctors know whether this treatment is viable and could be widely available.

Dr. Lisa Masterson asked whether Cord Blood Stem Cells are part of this study, but Dr. Tim Davis said that they are only looking at Bone Marrow Stem Cells in this current research study.

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Read more about Cord Blood Stem Cells.

The Drs TV: Pantyhose Harness

Dr. Travis Stork said that Pantyhose can actually be very useful in an emergency. For example, if someone breaks their clavicle, you can use Pantyhose to fashion a sling or harness and support the bone, helping stabilize the injury and reduce pain.

A collarbone fracture causes serious pain along the Clavicle, usually with a visible defect. Plus, you would experience pain when moving the shoulder. Of course, this is only a temporary stopgap, and once you stabilize the injury you would want to get medical intervention from a doctor.

The Doctors: Brain Injuries

Dr. Travis recalled today’s story about Tony’s Traumatic Brain Injury as a teen. The show has talked before about the challenges of teen behavior, and Tony’s friends turned their backs on him after his accident.

Read more about Teen Brain Development Issues.

But Dr. Travis said that adults should be understanding and accepting of patients who have suffered brain injuries. “Do not judge these people who’ve been through traumatic brain injuries,” he said. “They cannot help the personality changes.”

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