Hopefully a single injection of a protein which is found naturally in the body could provide relief from lower back pain.

Researchers will be giving 70 patients who have moderate to severe back pain, a single jab of either the protein or a placebo of water.

The research is taking place at the Texas Back Institute, http://www.texasback.com and another nine hospitals across the US.

They are hoping that the jab will also reverse or at least slow down the degeneration of the disease in the back.

The protein is called ‘recombinant human growth and differentiation factor – 5’, and will be injected into the lower back and the patients will be followed for three years.

In an animal study the protein promoted repair in the discs by stimulating the growth of new collagen, which is a key component in the discs.


11 thoughts on “A PROTEIN JAB FOR A BAD BACK…

    • I could not agree with you more Susan – it also puzzles me why they think it would suit humans the same as animals anyway.

      Apologies for not replying to your tx but we were on the cruise – how are things now? Did you find if it was connected to your back? I’ve never had that sort of problem before. I do hope your feeling better. 🙂 x


    • It certainly could huttriver and I’d like to be first on the list. In today’s Mail they had the top ten back surgeons and my specialist is amongst them so you never know it might reach us in the UK sometime. 🙂 x


    • Mine is awful at the moment as well avenscent, I do think the change of seasons affects me and the high temperatures while we were away definitely did. Hope yours eases soon. Take care 🙂


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