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June 29, 2011

Current Treatment of Chronic Pain is Lacking

Chronic pain is a significant problem which affects one in five patients according to the World Health Organization.

A recent article concludes that despite all the new treatments and improved understanding of the underlying pathology only 50% of the patients treated had a response to treatment and the reduction in pain was only about 30%.

Conclusions:

Narcotics were the most commonly prescribed medication yet were associated with only small improvements in pain and were often misused.  Studies indicated that nearly 50% of long-term users may be misusing their narcotics thereby putting them at risk for overdose and death.

Regarding fusions of the lumbar spine it was noted that “High complication rates and repeat procedures are realities of spinal surgery ”

The Centeno-Schultz Clinic acknowledges the many of the main stream treatment modalities  for chronic pain are ineffective.  The Centeno-Schultz Clinic distinguishes itself by:

Publications in peer-reviewed journals.

Identifies the source of a patient’s pain as opposed to making it with oral narcotics.

Avoids  the use of NSAID’s.

Limits it use of steroids to low dose given their signficant complications including apoptosis.

Utilizes guided injections of regenerative therapies which include prolotherapy, PRP, platelet lysate(Regenexx PL), bone marrow derived and adipose derived stem cell therapy.

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June 23, 2011

Successful Stem Cell Therapy for Hip Pain

Nonsurgical treatment options are becoming more prevelant and attractive.  Both surgery and anesthesia have risks.  Surgery is often followed by extensive, time-consuming painful physical rehabilitation.

CH is an 50y/o athletic patient with  2yr histoyr of left hip who was an candidate for total hip joint replacemtn.  MRI of the left hip was significant for loss of cartilage, bone spurs and bruising of the bone.   CH rejected surgery and elected to use his own mesenchymal stem cells at the Centeno-Schultz Clinic.

Treatments included Regenexx-C, Regenexx SD and myofasical deactivation

Six months post stem cell injection CH writes:  ” I believe I am about 80% healed.  Pain is greatly reduced and some days I hardly notice it at all.  One of my favorite activities prior to the arthritis was hiking and backpacking.  I have been on two hikes of 4 and 7 miles on mountain trails post treatment and did fine.  I plan to go on a backpacking trip soon as well.”

Advances in the treatment of common orthopedic conditions have allowed CH and other patients to forgo total joint replacment and return to their passions.

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