PHOENIX -- A tiny sponge that doctors have been developing for more than a decade might be the key to treating your back pain.
But this sponge is not made of foam.
The OsteoSponge, which is about the size of a pinkie finger tip, is created with musculoskeletal tissue from human donors.
The sponge is inserted into the spinal gap during a spinal fusion procedure. It then scaffolds and regenerates, allowing the bone to regrow the deficit in the vertebrae.
Doctors say this is a significant development for people suffering from broken or fractured backs and chronic conditions like scoliosis.