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October 18, 2009

PRP Therapy for Lumbar Disc Protrusion

Needle injectionThe  lumbar disc is composed of two principal parts: the inner jelly(nucleus pulposis) and the outer side wall(annulus).  The annulus provides support similar to that of the side wall of your tire.  If the side wall (annulus) becomes weakened, it can bow out.  When this occurs it is referred to as a disc protrusion, herniation or extrusion depending upon how far it protrudes  outwardly.  The protruding disc can be painful itself or it can press upon a nerve root causing leg pain.


Steroid injections have been use for lumbar disc protrusions however there is concern over the side-effects of high dose steroids as  previously discussed.

PRP injections are rich in platelet derived growth factors which have the potential of  increasing blood flow and therefore healing of the disc.

 The Centeno-Schultz utilizes various types of PRP to treat lumbar disc disease.   Examples  include platelet poor plasma, plasma lysate and activated PRP.  Patient specific platelet rich plasma injections created in a state of the art lab as opposed to those created by portable centrifuge units   are just another example of how theCenteno-Schultz Clinic distinguishes itself.


  1. I have had platelet lysate / dex injection for my L5/S1 lumbar disc. I got this injection from Dr Centeno at the same clinic as Dr Schultz about a month ago. I am much improved and very grateful for this treatment. Oh I wish all doctors were doing this procedure..


    Comment by JM — October 25, 2009 @ 5:49 pm

  2. Ive had chronic back pain for 15 years. Im a 39 year old female. My quality of life is being disrupted. I just received my first epidural for a bulging disk L4 L5. I was pain free for 4 days! I had tears of joy! Needless to say the pain is back, would I be a candidate for PRP therapy. If so I live in the Palm springs, Ca. area. Is there a doctor that preforms this in my area?

    Comment by Cristina Alvarez-Howell — September 28, 2013 @ 2:09 am

    • Cristina,
      Thank you for taking the time to read the blog and respond.
      Please be very careful with epidural steroid injections as high dose steroids are commonly used and can accelerate the degeneration.
      Regenexx PL is an effective treatment for many pateitns with low back pain due to disc degeneration;
      No all platelet therapies are the same. Most use a commerical bedside centrifuge which has red blood cell contaminants. Regenexx has cell biologists who custom treatments for our patients.
      Denver is not far from Palm Springs.

      Comment by stemcelldoc — September 30, 2013 @ 10:27 am

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