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January 11, 2009

Back Pain Relief

Back pain relief starts with making an accurate diagnosis.  At the Centeno-Schultz Clinic we are committed to identifying the source or “generator”  of one’s back pain so that the appropriate treatments can be applied.

There are many sources of back pain but the major 4 are muscular, facet, sacroillac joint and lumbar disc.

The facet is an  cartilaginous joint in the spine and according to Dreyfuss is  responsible for 15-40% of chronic lower back pain.

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If you have fact joint problems, back pain relief is obtained by injecting the joint with local anesthetic and very low dose steroids.  If back pain relief is only temporary long term back pain relief can be obtained from facet joint radiofrequency (cauterizing  the nerves that provide sensation to the facet joint) or injection of stem cells into the joint.  Regenexx affords the patient the ability to inject their own stem cells into the joint to regenerate the damaged cartilage and provide long lasting relief.

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Chronic Back Pain

Chronic lower back pain can arise from many sources.  Unfortunately many patients are not provided a thorough examination and evaluation by a physician specializing in pain management.  Often times patients are reflexively placed on muscle relaxants and narcotics with no effort to identify the source of  back pain.  If the pain does not resolve some patients are offered low back surgery.  Regrettably both of these options to treat chronic back pain have the potential of making it worse.  At the Centeno-Schultz Clinic we are committed to identifying the source of  lower back pain so the correct treatment plan is selected.

For example, chronic back pain due to a disc bulge with compression on the nerve can be successfully treated with a stem cell injection into the disc. Patients now have the option of using their own stem cells to repair lumbar disc bulge at Regenexx.

Below is an MRI of the lower back.  On the left, note a disc bulge.  On the right, following a stem cell injection there is a marked reduction in the disc bulge.  The patient had 100% pain relief.

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