The Spine & Back Blog

Stem cell therapy is a breakthrough technology that can be used to speed-up the recovery process from a musculoskeletal injury.  Introducing stem cells allows for muscles, ligaments, tendons, joints, and bones to more quickly heal which leads to expedited recovery times and a lower risk for developing injury-related inflammation.  Recent developments in stem-cell technology allows Dr. Hunter to harvest patient stem cells spaces from bone marrow from their hip.

Dr. William Hunter, MD from the Neuroscience and Spine Centers of the Carolinas (NSSC) will be making a presentation about stem-cell therapy and answering questions:

October 15th from 6:00-7:00pm at the Neuroscience & Spine Center of the Carolinas office
2555 Court Drive #400, Gastonia, NC 28054

October 16th from 10:00-11:00am at the Warlick Family YMCA
2221 Robinwood Rd., Gastonia, NC 28054

For more information on these presentations or on stem cell therapy, please call 704-864-5550.

This discs in our spine act as cushions or shock absorbers between vertebrae which can help prevent damage to spinal tissue and bone. These discs allow for slight bending and flexing of the back. These discs have a hard casing and a gel-like interior.

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As we age, the discs in our spine naturally begin to deteriorate; therefore, bulging discs are common in older populations. A bulging disc occurs when the hard casing of the disc begins to weaken but doesn’t rupture, and “bulges” outward. A herniated disc may actually begin as a bulging disc whose outer wall is then ruptured by a great amount of pressure.

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Bulging discs often result in pain, numbness or weakness, tingling, spasms, difficulty walking, etc. Disc-associated pain can definitely affect one’s quality of life; therefore, it’s important to seek appropriate treatment.

Treatment options include, but are not limited to:

  • Maintaining a healthy weight
  • Regaining strength through consistent exercise and physical therapy if needed
  • Anti-inflammatory medications
  • Steroid injections

It’s imperative to work with your doctor to develop a treatment plan that is specific to you and your pain. If you think you have a bulging disc or have already received a diagnosis and would like to schedule an appointment, please call us at: (704)864-5550

Why Dr. Hunter

Spinal stenosis is a relatively common condition which occurs when the spinal canal becomes compressed. The spinal canal contains the spinal cord and nerve roots, so when it is compressed or “pinched” patients often feel pain, numbness, weakness, etc.

There are two common types of spinal stenosis:

  • Cervical stenosis: With this condition, the compression occurs in the part of the spine in your neck.
  • Lumbar stenosis: With this condition, the compression occurs in the part of the spine in your lower back. This is the most common form of spinal stenosis.

Spinal stenosis is typically caused by wear-and-tear associated with osteoarthritis. It is often diagnosed through studying your physical history and through imaging technology such as X-Rays, MRI’s, and CT Scans.

Although there is no definitive cure for spinal stenosis there are several treatment options to help manage your symptoms:

  • Exercise: Regular exercise can help you build muscle that can improve your balance and flexibility. Improving your physical fitness with consistent exercise is a critical first step to alleviating pain caused by spinal stenosis. It may also be beneficial to work with a Physical Therapist to help you learn more about specific exercises and stretches that can help you.
  • Medication: Pain medications such as ibuprofen, acetaminophen, and/or naproxen can help with pain management. Working with your doctor to establish a medication regimen is also an important first step to managing your symptoms.
  • Injections: Some patients with spinal stenosis may opt to pursue corticosteroid injections for temporary pain relief.
  • Surgery: In some cases, your doctor may recommend surgery to help severe or worsening symptoms.

If you feel that you may be at risk for spinal stenosis or have already received a diagnosis, we would love to help you.

Please call today to schedule an appointment with our specialists: (704)864-5550

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