The Spine & Back Blog

Woman describes neck pain to doctor using telemedicineThe use of telehealth seeks to increase access to health care by expanding means of communication between providers and patients. Interactive telecommunications equipment makes the process simple and precise. Due to the recent Covid-19 pandemic, Dr. Hunter and his staff may be able to see you through “telemedicine”.

Effective Monday, March 30, 2020, NSSC Spine Clinic will begin offering Virtual Telemedicine Visits via Skype or Face Time.

Please contact our office at 704-864-5550 if you are interested. NSSC Spine Clinic will be following normal office hours.

Dr. Hunter and his staff are committed to providing care to their patients, while taking necessary precautions to mitigate the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19).

We will continue to take measures recommended by the Centers For Disease Control (CDC) to maintain a safe environment for our patients.

Please immediately reschedule your appointment at our office, if you have:

  • Recently traveled out of the country

  • Have been in close contact with someone experiencing a fever, cough, chills, or shortness of breath

  • You have recently experienced a fever, cough, chills, or shortness of breath

Should the need arise, please contact our office and we will work with you to reschedule your upcoming appointment.

Seek Medical Advice if you:

  • Develop Symptoms

  • Have been in close contact with a person known to have coronavirus

  • If you live in or have recently been in an area with an ongoing spread of coronavirus


Stem cell therapy, an innovative, non-surgical treatment for both joint and back pain, has become a viable alternative for pain relief without invasive surgery. Utilizing your own body’s stem cells, your body can in fact heal itself.

What are adult stem cells

Adult stem cells harvested from your own bone marrow have the ability to develop into other types of cells. These special types of cells are able to multiply, regenerate and self-renew. This means they have the ability to form potentially any type of tissue in your body. Because of their ability to differentiate and form different types of cells, they can be used to treat many types of injuries and regenerate damaged tissue. 

In fact, stem cells have many capabilities.  They are known to create proteins that decrease inflammation and kill bacteria, they can save dying cells, as well as, differentiate into cartilage, bone and connective tissue.

How Does Stem Cell Therapy Work

After harvesting your bone marrow from your hip, it is placed into a special filter and spun down in a centrifuge. This separates the adult stem cells from the red blood cells and plasma. Once the bone marrow has been separated, the adult stem cells, along with other growth factors in the blood, are aspirated into a syringe. The concentrated stems cells can then be injected into the targeted area.

Who Is A Good Candidate?

A good candidate for stem cell therapy is someone suffering from joint or back pain looking to improve the quality of their life, someone that wants to avoid the potential complications of surgery or a person looking to use their body’s stem cells as a method to restore their body using it’s own regenerative capabilities.


Adult stem cells are being used to treat many types of chronic pain, arthritis, and degenerative disease of joints and the spine. Soft tissue injuries such as muscle, tendon and ligaments are also being treated with stem cell therapy,

Request a consultation

Call today if you think you might be a candidate for stem cell therapy to book an appointment for a consultation. Stem cell therapy could give you the relief you are looking for!

condition: lumbar degenerative disk disease

Lumbar degenerative disk disease (DDD) is defined simply as the wear and tear of the intervertebral disk, which may result from normal aging or be due to longstanding trauma. It involves small tears in the annulus of the disk (elastic outer ring of collagen fibers) and lack of water content of the nucleus of the disk (soft gel center). The degenerative cascade can lead to disk bulging, development of bone spurs (or osteophytes) and loss of disk space height and/or alignment, which can cause nerve impingement. DDD can also lead to degenerative instability, the loss of the ability of the spine under physiologic loads to maintain its pattern of normal movement due to disk degeneration.

Diagnosing Degenerative Disk Disease:

Your doctor will perform a physical examination to identify areas of pain and weakness and will evaluate your balance and the overall movement of your spine. Your doctor will also collect information about the history of your symptoms, including medicine you have taken for your condition. After your examination, your doctor may use tests to help establish his or her diagnosis. Some of these tests include X-ray, CT (computed tomography) scan and MRI (magnetic resonance imaging). Together, all of these techniques help to confirm a diagnosis of lumbar DDD.

Symptoms of lumbar degenerative disk disease:

  • Pain at the site of the injury
  • Pain, numbness, or tingling in the legs
  • Strong pain that tends to come and go
  • Pain is worse when bending, twisting, and/or sitting
  • Lying down relieves pressure on the spine