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Any promising results on stem cells studies for degenerative disc disease? if so, when do u think it will get approved by fda?

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Dr. Adam Lewis
Neurosurgery 35 years experience
Stem cells : There are several promising studies and research projects that are working with stem cells to restore cartilage in joints such as hips, knees and discs in the spine. The first step to fda approval is to show safety, then efficacy. This process can take many years. Some studies in others countries may yeild results sooner.
Dr. Djamchid Lotfi
Neurology 58 years experience
Yes: There is a great deal of evidence for the benefit of stem cell in certain conditions, but mostly regarded as anecdotal by scientific community at this stage certain properly designed studies with placebo control are being carried out we have to be patient. Under 5 years?!
Dr. Qamar Khan
Pain Management 17 years experience
No good data: There is a lot or research going into this area, however no good outcome studies yet. Regenexx has a study going on for low back pain and degenerative disc disease but it is still ongoing. Check out Regenexx.Com for more info. Lastly, it will take awhile before this therapy has safety records and FDA studies enough for it to be an approved and covered treatment for people, probably 10 years.

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