An Overview of Degenerative Disc Disease

Over the course of his career in orthopedic regenerative medicine, Dr. Alimorad Farshchian has performed several thousand procedures while maintaining a success rate of more than 95 percent. Dr. Alimorad Farshchian has served as the medical director of Miami, Florida’s Center for Regenerative Medicine since its opening in 2000.

Regenerative medicine involves the replacement of old or damaged cells with new, healthy cells, either transplanted from another part of the body or engineered by medical professionals. Regenerative medicine can take place in various fields of medicine, including orthopedics. Disc degeneration throughout a person’s back and neck is one example of a health issue that can benefit from regenerative treatments.

Despite the name, degenerative disc disease is not an actual disease but a condition in which a person’s spinal column degenerates at an accelerated rate. Each person endures disc degeneration as they age, but rapid or excessive degeneration can result in a number of health concerns, particularly pain throughout the neck and back. The condition can also lead to further problems such as osteoarthritis, herniated discs, and spinal stenosis.

Ice and heat compresses as well as prescription medicine are two of the most basic ways of treating disc degeneration. In recent years a number of regenerative techniques have been developed that allow doctors to introduce cells from foreign tissue that can grow and repair the spine’s damaged cells.