Regenexx® Provides Comprehensive, Non-Surgical Solutions to Treat Spinal and Cervical Patient Conditions
Regenexx has developed an array of procedures for patients who otherwise would be facing spinal surgery or epidural steroid injections. Using the patient’s own stem cells or growth factors, our patented procedures can repair degenerative spine conditions, bulging or herniated discs and other painful neck and back conditions with minimal risks when compared to more invasive treatments, including surgery.
We begin by pinpointing the true cause of a patient’s pain. With more than 10 years’ experience administering regenerative treatments to spinal patients, we know what to look for in order to identify the source of the issue. Once we have discovered the most likely reasons for the patient’s condition, only then can the natural healing process be initiated using the safest, least invasive procedure possible.
PL-Disc Outcome Data
The data in this infographic summarizes the patient registry data for Regenexx spine procedures that use platelet lysate, which is created from the patient’s own blood.
PL-Disc vs. Steroid Epidural Outcome Data
In this infographic, two groups of patients are compared, those who received epidural steroids and those who were treated with Regenexx Platelet Lysate Spine Procedures. A Functional Rating Index (FRI) shows the groups’ varying results after three and six months, measuring patients’ discomfort and their ability to make everyday movements, such as walking, sitting, bending and lifting.
Stem Cell Procedure Safety
Regenexx has released more orthopedic-related stem cell safety data in peer-reviewed medical publications than any single group throughout the world. The report shown here reviewed 1,591 patients who received 1,949 Regenexx Stem Cell Procedures. The data indicates that our procedure is on par regarding safety concerns with other typical injection procedures. This mirrors what our patients experience in our clinics on a daily basis.
Commonly Treated Spine & Cervical Conditions
The following list represents the most common spinal and cervical conditions that can be treated with Regenexx Procedures. If your condition is not listed below, contact us or fill out the Regenexx Candidate Form with any concerns or questions regarding your viability as a patient.
- Annular Tear
- Arthritis of the Spine
- Back Pain
- Bone Spurs
- Bulging Disc
- Canal Stenosis
- Collapsed Disc
- Degenerative Disc Disease
- Degenerative Spine
- Disc Extrusion / Protrusion
- Facet Joint Syndrome
- Failed Back Surgery Syndrome
- Foraminal Stenosis
- Herniated Disc
- Herniated Nucleus Pulposus (HNP)
- Neck Pain
- Nerve Pain
- Pinched Nerves
- Radiating Nerve Pain
- Ruptured Disc
- SI Joint Syndrome
- Slipped Disc
- Spinal Stenosis
- Torn Disc
Why Regenexx Procedures Are Effective
Stem Cell Treatments
Same-Day Stem Cell Procedures
What are stem cells? They’re cells from your body that not only renew themselves but also can convert themselves into other cells. This process is known as differentiation. Stem cells can be found in a variety of tissues, and our bodies use them to repair injured areas. When we get older or suffer traumas or major injuries, stem cells may not be as readily available to help us heal the damaged tissues. Our patented Same-Day Stem Cell Procedures resolve this issue by taking stem cells from an area of the body where they are abundant, concentrating these cells and reinjecting them into the injured area so that they can stimulate healing.
These procedures work well on a variety of conditions, including arthritis, injuries, and other issues that are too severe to respond to our platelet rich plasma or platelet lysate treatments.
Blood Platelet Treatments
Super Concentrated Platelet Rich Plasma and Advanced Platelet Lysate Procedures
Regenexx offers two platelet injection procedures – Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) and Platelet Lysate Treatments – that enhance your body’s natural healing process by adding healing growth components from your own blood to your injured areas. PRP, in particular, is effective in repairing muscle, ligament, tendon, and joint injuries. The platelet injection treatments work with your stem cells, encouraging and supporting their efforts to heal damaged tissues, especially those related to spine conditions, arthritis and soft tissue injuries. Our advanced platelet procedures are superior to the ones provided at most regenerative medicine clinics because our machines yield purer and more concentrated platelet samples.
Reasons Regenexx Is Better than Epidural Injections and Fusion Surgery
Surgery of any kind brings risks, and this is especially true of fusion surgery, where an average of 36% of patients experience complications, 76% of patients needed pain narcotics and all patients missed three times as many workdays as those who did not undergo surgery. A common alternative to surgery, a steroid epidural has its own challenges, starting with where it is administered – around inflamed or irritated spinal nerves. The high dose of steroids used can trigger extreme side effects and even lessen the body’s ability to heal itself. The Regenexx family of procedures avoids these risks by using the patient’s own stem cells or platelet lysates for minimally invasive and extremely precise treatments.
The Spine Owner’s Manual — How to Avoid Back Pain & Life Altering Surgery
Dr. Chris Centeno’s e-book explains the anatomy of the spine and its effect on the entire human body. A healthy spine and its surrounding and supporting parts, including nerves, muscles, and ligaments, are crucial factors in the overall health of the body. Any damage to the spine or its components creates a chain reaction that can impact the musculoskeletal system and cause additional spinal damage if proper treatment is not given. This is why it’s critical to determine the root cause of any chronic pain throughout the body as it may stem from spinal damage.
How Platelet Treatments Can Relieve Pain from Bulging or Herniated Discs
What Are Bulging and Herniated Discs?
A bulging disc – also known as a bulge or disc protrusion – develops when the disc’s outer covering (the annulus) becomes partially torn or damaged, and the inner gel causes the area to bulge. The resulting protrusion can press on a spinal nerve, leading to numbness and tingling, or sciatica.
A herniated disc has several other names, including a slipped disc, disc extrusion, herniated nucleus pulposis (HNP) and sequestration. In this condition, the outer covering is entirely torn or damaged, causing the inner gel to discharge. Patients with herniated discs may experience sciatica due to the pressure on a spinal nerve or severe swelling.
How Do You Treat Bulging and Herniated Discs?
At Regenexx, we turn to our patented platelet lysate procedure to address an array of spinal and cervical conditions, including bulging and herniated discs, as well as problems related to herniated thoracic, cervical and lumbar discs. Our patients’ pain in their lower backs, necks, buttocks and legs, and tingling and numbness in their hands, arms, legs and feet may find relief with our non-surgical treatments.
We find that a platelet lysate injection into the area surrounding a patient’s inflamed spinal nerves helps alleviate pain for the majority of our patients who have bulging or herniated discs. Our peer clinics instead inject stem cells into the patient’s disc itself. This technique is more invasive and carries a higher risk than our platelet lysate procedure. Regenexx is the only provider that uses growth factors derived from a patient’s own blood platelets to treat spinal conditions and is the most experienced provider in performing both stem cell and platelet lysate procedures. This means you have options when you come to us for treatment.
Why Is Platelet Lysate Better than Steroid Epidurals?
A steroid epidural is often used as a non-surgical way to treat back pain but it also comes with complications, starting with where it is administered – around inflamed or irritated spinal nerves. Also, the high dose of steroids used can trigger extreme side effects and even lessen the body’s ability to heal itself. In contrast, Regenexx Platelet Lysate procedure is minimally invasive, requires a short amount of downtime and eliminates the side effects of surgery and powerful foreign substances because it uses growth factors taken from the patient’s own blood platelets.
Treatments for Degenerated Disc Pain Using Stem Cells and Platelets
Degenerative Disc Advanced Treatments
Loss of disc height, a complication most degenerated disc patients experience, can create another set of conditions, including:
- Compressed Nerves (Stenosis)
- Lax Ligaments that Result in Overall Spinal Instability
- Facet Joint Overload Leading to Arthritis
Regenexx procedures use stem cell and/or platelet techniques to address sloppy disc movement due to arthritic facet joints or lax ligaments. We have access to several different protocols so that we can most effectively treat all of the conditions listed above and more without resorting to spinal fusion surgery or high-dose steroid epidural injections – and saving our patients from the potential side effects these invasive procedures can induce.
Torn and Painful Discs Stem Cell Treatment
What Are Torn and Painful Discs?
If you have a torn disc, you may hear it referred to as an annular tear or an HIZ (high-intensity zone), when it’s seen on an MRI image. The result of a torn disc is often “disogenic pain.” The origin of the torn and painful disc is usually an injury to its outer covering. As a result of the tear, painful nerves may grow in the area, making sitting or doing an activity uncomfortable in the lower back. Plus, sciatica may develop due to toxic chemicals leaking from the torn disc and aggravating the spinal nerve.
Why Do Torn and Painful Disc Patients Respond Best to the Regenexx Stem Cell Injection Procedure?
It’s a non-surgical procedure that reinjects the patient with concentrated stem cells taken from the patient’s own bone marrow. This means that it is less invasive than surgery and does not involve chemicals that could cause negative reactions from the patient’s body. The procedure begins with the collection of bone marrow using a special needle. Most patients feel little or no pain during this process that is performed in the office, not a hospital. Next, the marrow is put into a centrifuge to isolate and purify the stem cells. Finally, the stem cells are added to the patient’s concentrated blood platelets and injected into the affected disc with the help of advanced imaging guidance.
What Makes Our Spine Stem Cell Treatments Superior?
Unlike the average stem cell procedure provider, whose equipment is a centrifuge that produces the same cell preparation for every patient, Regenexx has advanced technology to create customized regenerative mixtures. We also have a patented two-tier processing system that yields up to 20 times more stem cells than our peers.
Our proprietary super-concentrated platelet mix is a step above most practices’ addition of a platelet-rich plasma to their stem cell concentrates. We mix our second-generation, lab-prepared platelet rich plasma (PRP) that has slow-release growth factors with our third-generation platelet lysate that has immediately available growth factors. This combination enables us to grow adult stem cells in much larger quantities than we would achieve with just PRP or platelet lysate.