Scientists have found a way to grow ‘replacement’ spinal discs for back pain sufferers who have to undergo surgery. The innovation allows improving on the current treatment that cuts out the pain but also reduces peoples’ mobility.
In 10 seconds? Researchers used stem cells to ‘grow’ new intervertebral discs in test animals. Worn-out discs in the spine can cause chronic lower back pain, and the worst cases are treated by removing the diseased disc and fusing two vertebrae.