Regenexx has a range of procedures developed to help patients avoid spine surgery and the side effects of epidural steroid injections. These procedures utilize the patient’s own natural growth factors or stem cells to treat back pain. Common conditions treated are bulging or herniated discs, degenerative conditions in the spine, and other back and neck conditions that cause pain.
The origin of spine pain is often misidentified. Our decade of experience in regenerative treatments for spine pain allows us to address as many factors as possible to gain insight into the true cause of the problem. We identify the most probable sources of pain and select the most appropriate treatment options available. Only then can the natural healing process be initiated using the safest, least invasive procedure possible.
Regenexx Procedure Safety Data
The information below applies to our safety data on stem cell procedures. Most elbow conditions are treated with platelet rich plasma, which is a far less complex treatment than our stem cell procedure, which requires a bone marrow draw as part of the process (and also includes a platelet rich plasma post-injection).
PL-Disc Outcome DataView PL-Disc Outcome Data
This outcome information summarizes the patient registry data for Regenexx Platelet Lysate Spine Procedures using Platelet Lysate (created from a patient’s own blood).
PL-Disc vs. Steroid Epidural Outcome DataView PL-Disc vs. Steroid Epidural Outcome Data
This data compares two groups of patients who received epidural steroids vs. PL-Disc and looks at their results at 3 month and 6 month intervals using a Functional Rating Index (FRI), which measures things like pain as well as the ability to walk, sit, lift, bend, etc.
The Spine Owner’s Manual — How to Avoid Back Pain & Life Altering Surgery
Written by Dr. Chris Centeno, this e-book delves into the spine and how it functions within the human musculoskeletal system and the body as a whole. Everything within the body works together, like a precisely tuned symphony, to support our well-being, and a healthy spine and all of its component parts (e.g., spinal nerves, ligaments, muscles, etc.) are critical to full-body health. When a single component in the spinal chain is damaged, it can lead to a cascade of problems not only in the musculoskeletal system but throughout the body and even further spinal damage when it goes untreated. The result is chronic pain anywhere in the body that with the proper diagnostic approach can be traced back to the damage in the spine.
Bulging & Herniated Discs Explained
A bulging disc is also called a disc protrusion or bulge. This means that the outer covering of the disc (annulus) is partially torn or damaged and the inner gel is causing the area to bulge. This can put pressure on a spinal nerve and cause numbness and tingling (sciatica). A herniated disc is also called a disc extrusion, slipped disc, sequestration, or “HNP” (Herniated Nucleus Pulposis). This means that the outer covering of the disc (annulus) is completely torn or damaged and the inner gel squirts out. This can put pressure on a spinal nerve or cause severe swelling and lead to numbness and tingling (sciatica).
Treating Bulging and Herniated Discs
Regenexx Platelet Lysate can offer relief from lower back or neck pain, buttock and leg pain, or numbness and tingling in the arms, hands, legs or feet. It’s a safe, non-surgical treatment alternative for patients suffering from bulging discs and herniated cervical, thoracic, or lumbar disc related problems. Most patients with bulging or herniated discs respond well to a platelet lysate injection into the space surrounding the inflamed spinal nerves. Other clinics resort to an injection of stems cells directly into a patient’s disc. While this can sometimes ultimately be necessary, our platelet lysate procedure is less invasive and lower risk. Nobody other than Regenexx offers this type of procedure, which utilizes natural growth factors produced from the patient’s own blood platelets. Regenexx is the only provider with experience in both stem cells and platelet lysate so we are uniquely able to determine the best treatment options to address your source of pain.
Better than Steroid Epidurals
A steroid epidural is an injection that places steroid medication around irritated or inflamed nerves in the spine. While they do help patients avoid surgery, epidurals use very high dose steroids which can reduce the body’s ability to heal and can lead to severe side effects. Regenexx Platelet Lysate is a minimally invasive alternative to a steroid epidural injection that offers a very limited recovery period. It uses natural growth factors from the patient’s own body, derived from blood platelets, helping patients avoid surgery and the negative side effects of steroids.
Advanced Treatments for Degenerative Discs
Degenerated disc patients tend to lose disc height which can lead to a wide range of complications.
- Compressed nerves (stenosis)
- Facet joint overload leading to arthritis
- Lax ligaments that result in overall spinal instability
Our treatment protocol focuses on platelet and/or stem cell technologies deployed to treat sloppy disc movement due to lax ligaments and arthritic facet joints. Each of these critical areas above may benefit from different types of procedures.
Torn and Painful Discs Explained
Disc tears are also called annular tears or HIZs (High Intensity Zones) on MRI images. A patient with a painful and torn disc has “disogenic pain”. The outer covering of the disc can be torn due to injury and painful nerves can grow into the area, leading to low back pain, usually with sitting or activity. In addition, the tear in the disc may lead to noxious chemicals escaping and irritating the spinal nerve, which can lead to sciatica.
Patients with this type of disc damage and pain generally have the best response from a Regenexx Stem Cell injection procedure.
This non-surgical procedure uses stem cells isolated from the patient’s own bone marrow. The marrow is collected using a special needle during a simple office procedure. The harvesting procedure is well tolerated by patients and many patients report experiencing no pain. After collection, the marrow is centrifuged to concentrate and purify the stem cells while removing unneeded cells. These stem cells, along with a preparation of concentrated blood platelets, are injected into the damaged disc using advanced imaging guidance.
Why our spine stem cell treatments are better than others
The typical stem cell procedure provider uses an automated one-size-fits-all centrifuge to prepare cells. At Regenexx, our processing allows us to custom tailor our regenerative mixtures for your condition and our patented two-tier processing results in 10 to 20 times more stem cells available for your treatment. While some practices add platelet rich plasma to their stem cell concentrate, we use a proprietary super concentrated platelet mix. By mixing our second generation, lab prepared Platelet Rich Plasma (which contains slow release growth factors) and our third generation platelet lysate (immediately available growth factors), we were able to get adult stem cells to grow many times more than just PRP or platelet lysate alone.