Unique sponge helps back pain

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By Christina O'Haver By Christina O'Haver
By Christina O'Haver By Christina O'Haver
By Christina O'Haver By Christina O'Haver
By Christina O'Haver By Christina O'Haver
By Christina O'Haver By Christina O'Haver

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.