Painful Disc Degeneration

The Painful IVD Degeneration Program focuses on understanding of processes that predispose to painful IVD degeneration. Our research addresses the question of why patients who have similar spine MRI findings often have very different presentation of pain. We also focus on improved understanding of healing responses in young IVDs and are designing regenerative cell-based therapies derived from disc development involving improved knowledge of function and phenotype of notochordal cells.