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 healing agents, 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 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.
Commonly Treated Spine and Cervical Conditions Across the Regenexx Network of Physicians
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
Spine Patient Outcomes
Spine Function Improvement After Regenexx Procedure
Prior to treatment, patients report being limited to an average of 50% of their optimal function. After receiving treatment, they report averages up to 72%. The functional questionnaire represented here is the Functional Rating Index (FRI).
Data updated March 01, 2021.
Spine Pain Decrease After Regenexx Procedure
Prior to receiving treatment, patients report average pain of 4.8/10. One month after treatment, pain levels decrease to an average of 3.4/10, a decrease of 29%. The questionnaire used is the Numeric Pain Scale (NPS).
Data updated March 01, 2021.
Overall Spine Improvement After Regenexx Procedure
Patients feel their joints are, on average, already 36% better after only 1-month, and continue to improve from there. The questionnaire used is the Single Assessment Numeric Evaluation (SANE).
Data updated March 01, 2021.
Regenexx® Procedures provide non-surgical treatment options for those suffering from pain related to osteoarthritis, joint injuries, spine pain, overuse conditions, and common sports injuries. These medical procedures are only performed by highly skilled doctors and are used to help reduce pain and improve function. Regenexx procedures have helped thousands of patients improve their quality of life, return to the activities they enjoy, and avoid the need for surgery or joint replacement*.
Regenexx Physicians represent a very selective, highly skilled, interventional orthobiologics network that is 100% focused on orthopedic conditions. All Regenexx physicians are musculoskeletal experts with extensive training and experience in the diagnosis and treatment of musculoskeletal conditions, as well as complex, image-guided injections of your body's own healing agents to treat orthopedic issues. Regenexx patient outcomes are tracked in a registry and with that information, we provide transparent outcome data (below) for those who may be considering this treatment option.
Why Regenexx Procedures Are Effective
Bone Marrow Concentrate
Regenexx-SD is bone marrow concentrate that contains stem cells, which exist inside all of us in various tissues, ready to repair damage when it happens. As we get older or suffer serious injuries, our bodies may not be able to recruit enough of these cells to the site to repair the damaged area completely. The Regenexx-SD Procedure helps remedy this issue by extracting bone marrow from an area of the back of the hip that has a dense population of these important cells and then concentrating those cells prior to injecting them into the injured area using advanced imaging guidance. The aims of the procedure are to reduce pain and improve function by promoting the body's own ability to repair itself naturally. This patented bone marrow concentrate protocol can treat a wide range of orthopedic conditions. Your Regenexx doctor will evaluate your condition and your imaging to conclude whether a bone marrow concentrate or platelet-based treatment is the best option for your orthopedic condition.
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
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 that can cause severe side effects and actually reduce the body’s ability to heal.
Regenexx offers a variety of minimally invasive procedures that deliver ultra-precise spinal injections of platelet lysates (or in fewer cases, bone marrow concentrate) where needed, utilizing advanced imaging guidance to ensure precise placement into the injured area.
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 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 bone marrow concentrate 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.
Using Your Body’s Own Healing Agents for Degenerated Disc Pain: Bone Marrow Concentrate 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
Our advanced interventional orthobiologic treatment protocol focuses on platelet and/or bone marrow concentrate from the patient’s own body deployed to treat disc movement due to lax ligaments and arthritic facet joints.
Each of these critical areas above may benefit from different types of procedures.
Because Regenexx was the first to develop this type of treatment modality, we have the experience and the broad spectrum of procedures that allow for the treatment of all of these conditions. Regenexx procedures provide highly specific, precise image-guided, non-surgical treatment options using the healing agents from your own body for patients suffering from the complications associated with degenerative disc disease. Our highly skilled physicians carefully target the right procedure to the impacted areas of the spine using precise imaging guidance, so that patients may avoid spinal fusion surgery or frequent high-dose steroid epidural injections and their associated side effects.
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 Bone Marrow Concentrate 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 remove the unneeded cells. Finally, the healing cells are added to the patient’s concentrated blood platelets and injected into the affected disc with the help of advanced imaging guidance.