Spinal Arthritis

Your spine consists of 33 bones – called vertebrae – that form a long column from the top of your neck to your tailbone. It supports your entire body and protects the spinal cord.

What causes back pain?

Arthritis is a condition that can affect joints all over the body, resulting in pain, stiffness and swelling. It can affect any part of your back, but most often occurs in the lower (lumbar) part. Osteoarthritis is a type of arthritis that mainly happens as you get older, and damages the cartilage cushioning the joints in your spine.

Can the Regenerative Clinic help?

Our renowned medical team provides a range of treatments, from the traditional to the innovative:

Activated Mesenchymal Pericyte Plasma (AMPP) injections

This day case treatment is exclusively offered to our patients. It combines the benefits of Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy with Lipogems®, a pioneering procedure that uses your body’s own adipose (fat) cells to treat pain and inflammation. AMPP injections are minimally invasive and are carried out under ultrasound guidance. Altogether the procedure takes about an hour to perform with a minimal recovery time of around three hours. As well as being a potential alternative to surgery, AMPP can also aid post-surgery recovery.

Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy

This is an effective and well-researched procedure that’s a potential alternative to surgery. It takes advantage of the blood’s natural healing properties to reduce pain and improve joint function. It uses a specially concentrated dosage of platelets prepared from your own blood to repair damaged cartilage, tendons, ligaments, muscle and bone. Treatment is administered via an injection and depending on the injury two to six injections may be required, performed at weekly intervals. Patients usually see their symptoms improve within four to six weeks of having the injections. PRP is a safe treatment option which, because your own blood is used, carries no risk of allergic reaction. 

Steroid injections

Also called facet blocks, these are recommended if you’ve not had much success with the first-step approaches of painkillers, exercise, losing weight and spinal physiotherapy. 

Read more clinical evidence supporting all our treatments here.

What are the symptoms of spinal arthritis

The stiffness is worst first thing in the morning, often feels better during the day as you move about, and then becomes worse again in the evening. By enlarging the joints in your spine, osteoarthritis may put extra pressure on your nerves causing a feeling of numbness or weakness in your arms and legs.

Why have a consultation at the Regenerative Clinic?

Our experienced consultants will undertake a thorough examination exploring non-surgical and surgical treatments. They’ll also discuss your suitability for our state-of-the-art biological therapies. 

Who will my consultation be with?

Your consultation will be with one of our spine specialists, Mr. Shahid Khan, Professor Mohammed Al-Jumaily or Dr. Stefano Palmisini and will last approximately 30 minutes. On the day, or the day before you will be asked to attend for an MRI scan. 

As well as undertaking an examination, our specialists will take details of your medical history and discuss your symptoms. They will also detail all your treatment options and cover their potential benefits and risks. 

Our expert team comprises of highly experienced surgeons, sports medicine doctors and physiotherapists who are committed to delivering a high level of care and the correct treatment option so you can quickly get back to moving around. 

The first step is to book a consultation for a thorough assessment.  Click here to make an appointment.

What is the autologous biological approach and when should it be considered?

Autologous translates as ‘from the same person.’ In brief, it involves using your own cells to encourage healing. The major benefits are that there is no chance of rejection, infection or contamination as you are using cells from your own body rather than a donor. 

We offer a range of therapies based on this principle which can be considered if traditional treatments including surgery aren’t relieving your pain. 

Clinical evidence

Biological treatments are pioneering procedures and we’re continuously monitoring and recording its effectiveness. Patients undertaking these treatments are asked to complete pre-operative and post-operative questionnaires. 

The information obtained from these questionnaires allows us to monitor your progress and it also contributes to our evidence-based database and other global studies on biological treatments. All information gathered is anonymised.

Intradiscal and intra-articular facet infiltrations with ‘Endoret’ plasma rich in growth factors reduce pain in patients with chronic low back pain. Read full paper.

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