Do you mind me asking how long down the road you are expecting to either enter FDA trials for the biological disc replacement or when the replacement can be expected to be fully functional in humans? A rough guesstimate would be appreciated, if possible.
I have been told by a chiropractor to take the Disc-Gard supplement; is that advisable? Or is it also not effective because of the lack of blood supply to the discs?
If artificial discs are not recommended for the lumbar spine, what is the current optimal treatment for severe DDD, stenosis, and vertebral arthritis in the lumbar spine?
Do you know anything about the bio-engineered discs that have been developed at the University of Pennsylvania?
I would assume it would be 3 years for the biological disc to be available. Supplements for disc health are not worthwhile. Stop smoking (if you do) and control diabetes if you have it.
Treatment for severe DDD, stenosis, and vertebral arthritis is a fusion, a safe and effective treatment that has millions of satisfied individuals.
Don’t know yet about the bio-engineered discs that have been developed at the University of Pennsylvania.
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