Amniotic Tissue for the Treatment of Chronic Low Back Pain from Facet Arthropathy
In 2019, The Ainsworth Institute will be participating in a Phase 1 Clinical Trial studying the safety and potential efficacy of using amniotic tissue to treat chronic low back pain. Amniotic tissue is rich in growth factors and promotes tissue repair.
There are many potential causes for low back pain, one of the most common causes is the facet joint – the joint hear and feel when we crack our backs. The facet joint can become arthritic like any other joint in the body and lose cartilage causing the bony surfaces to grind…thus causing inflammation and pain. This study will examine using amniotic tissue to regenerate damaged/painful facets and eliminate low back pain.
The joints of the spine are called “facets” – these are what you hear popping when you crack your back or neck. These joints can develop arthritis like any other joint in the body. This is an extremely common cause for back pain and is completely irreversible. Patients with facet-related pain will typically have back pain that gets worse with standing up, is centered across the low back and does not shoot down the leg.
Traditionally, there are only a handful of treatments for facet-related pain:
The above treatments can only treat the pain, not repair the damage. Once a facet becomes damaged or arthritis, it will stay that way…indefinitely. Currently, there is nothing known to man that has been proven to cause a painful facet to go back to the way it was.
The scientists at TissueTech have developed a type of amniotic tissue that can be used “off the shelf” and injected directly into the damaged facets of of the spine. The tissue is collected from donors and pre-packaged for use. By injecting the amniotic tissue into the damaged facets, the rich healing elements and growth factors present can force it to heal and regenerate – thus treating the pain directly at the source.
This clinical trial is a prospective, multi center study focusing on whether or not amniotic tissue is effective in repairing damaged facets in the spine, potentially eliminating low back pain.
Low Back Pain
Nine out of 10 Americans will experience back pain in their lives and it is the 5th most common cause for a visit to the doctor. Severe back pain can become so debilitating that simple tasks such as bending down to pick something up or walking to the store can become next to impossible. Luckily, there are many treatment options available to help you get back to feeling more like you.
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)
PRP is a revolutionary treatment that takes advantage of the natural regenerative properties of the platelets in your blood. In it, the platelets are harvested from your blood and reintroduced into the area you are experiencing pain. PRP has been shown to offer relief from the pain associated with osteoarthritis, tendonitis, rotator cuff and labral tears, and a variety of sports injuries.
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Official Protocol Name: Amniotic Tissue for the Treatment of Chronic Low Back Pain from Facet Arthropathy
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The key to finding the proper treatment for any type of pain is getting a proper diagnosis. Not all types of pain respond to the same treatments and the window for improvement can be limited. The experts at Ainsworth Institute offer the most advanced pain management treatments available today, including advanced clinical trials that aren’t yet available to the general public. Call us today for an appointment so we can get you started on your road to recovery.