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November 25, 2012

Back and Leg Pain Regenerative Treatments: Platelets vs Steroids

At the Centeno-Schultz Clinic we acknowledge that lower back and leg pain can be debilitating.  Treatment options include epidural injections utilizing platelet growth factors (Regenexx PL-Disc) which are intended to increase blood blow and decrease inflammation.  Stem cell therapy is an alternative to low back surgery.

Our most recent data comparing the Regenexx PL-Disc procedure to traditional steroid epidural is shown below. The interesting points are that while 11 patients didn’t respond to steroid epidurals and switched over to the Regenexx-PL-Disc procedure, none switched the other way. In addition, note the dramatically higher increases in patient function with the Regenexx-PL-Disc.

Traditional steroid injections have signficant risks:

Increased risk of bone fracture

Changes in cortisol levels lasting weeks

Cause ligament breakdown and failure

Cartilage degeneration

Suppress stem cell function

Also alarming is the increase risk of osteonecrosis (bone death) associated with oral steroids.

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