Every time you move, your muscles contract and relax. This process only takes a few seconds, but it is actually a quite complex process. Every activity in our body is controlled by muscles: breathing, circulation of blood, digestion. Even a simple smile is a result of muscle action. Muscles also help keep our body warm, maintain posture, and stabilize bones and joints. The body contains several types of muscles, some that work involuntarily, such as heart and organ muscles, and skeletal muscles that work primarily through voluntary action that is controlled consciously.
As we age, chronic injuries, along with normal wear and tear on our joints, often lead to arthritis. The articular cartilage between the joints that cushions and protects begins to wear down, causing bones to rub against each other. The resulting friction leads to pain and swelling. This chronic inflammation results in arthritis and further degeneration of tissue.
Stem Cell Therapy is a hot topic in the news. With all the varying perspectives, information, and misinformation, combined with an influx of stem cell clinics, sorting out this large volume of information is difficult even for medical professionals.
Renaissance means rebirth or regeneration. Every few generations medicine takes a major turn. We’re at one of those junctures now with regenerative medicine — where healing is triggered from within the human body. It’s bringing a whole new universe to how physicians provide care.
The majority of individuals (about 65%) experience some form of low back pain at some point in their lives, making this condition second only to upper respiratory illness as a cause for visiting a physician.1,2 Many episodes of low back pain pass within a few weeks to a month (acute episode); however, individuals with continuous pain lasting 8 weeks or more after onset (chronic episode) will often have symptoms at 1 year.1,2 Low back pain as a chronic condition is a leading cause of disability worldwide.3