Injections for Degenerative Disk Disease
According to statistics, nearly 4.3 million people went to the doctor for spinal disk issues in 2005, and over 325,000 spinal fusions were performed. Herniated disks and degenerative disk disease can be caused by improper lifting, smoking, strenuous activities, repetitive activities, being overweight and putting pressure on the back. Although some disk issues get better on their own and some only need pain medication and/or physical therapy, many need spinal fusion surgery, which is invasive and can lead to disk deterioration later in life.
This article gives information about new research on an injectable, laboratory-made, liquid protein called Osteogenic Protein 1 (OP-1) that is known to stimulate new growth when injected into bone and cartilage. The article talks about the animal studies and the early phase 1 trials for humans that are being held to see if the OP-1 can stimulate growth of the disk cartilage enough to reduce spinal nerve pressure and restore the height of the disk.
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