Finally a cure for back pain?

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One of the most common causes of sick leave and long term disability is back pain.  Therefore both employers and the government will no doubt be keen to hear more about this, however it could be some time before they are available on the market.  Presently the trials have only been tested on animals, using cells from sheep.  The man made discs are slightly thicker than the real thing and stayed in place when transplanted into rats.  They quickly integrated with the spine, allowing the animals to bend, wriggle and run around. The research, which is taking place in America is proving positive and researchers believe the first human trials may start in five years and within ten years the discs made using human tissue could be in widespread use.
In the last 40 years the number of Britons suffering from back pain has doubled and degenerative disc disease affects almost everyone over the age of 50.  Maybe in the future this statistic could be a thing of the past.
Karen Hayden
Legal Executive - Personal Injury Team.

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