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December 22, 2010

Sciatica and Stem Cell Therapy

Sciatica is a debilitating searing pain in the lower extremity commonly as a result of nerve root irritation. 

 Disc herniation, disc protrusion, overgrowth of the facet joint and thickening of the ligaments can result in nerve root compression or irritation.  Non-surgical treatments to date have included x-ray guided epidural injections of local anesthetics and steroids.  As discussed in previous blog, steroids injections can be associated with many complications including cell death.

At the Centeno-Schultz  Clinic Regenexx PL is used as an alternative to conventional epidural steroid injections.  A  patient’s own platelet derived growth factors are injected into the epidural space with the aim of increasing blood flow thereby stopping and potentially reversing the degenerative process.  Enhanced blood flow to a given area increases the amount of nutrients and optimizes healthy environment.  Regenexx PL has led to many clinical successes.

TA is an athletic patient with a 6 month history of severe right leg pain which was progressive in nature, originating in her right lower back with radiations into her big toe.  She described it as a “sharp knife” in her foot.  Oral narcotics and muscle relaxants did not relieve her pain.  Having had extensive neck surgeries which were complicated and required revisions, she was committed to non-surgical therapy.  Her MRI demonstrated a large  right-sided disc protrusion @ L5/S1 with compression of the adjacent nerve root.

She underwent three  x-ray guided injections of Regenexx PL and reports  90% relief.  The “knife like” leg pain is gone and she has returned to her passion. She was last seen headed up to Steamboat.

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