Non-Surgical, Advanced Stem Cell & Platelet Procedures for Spine and Cervical Conditions

Regenexx has a range of procedures developed to help patients avoid spine surgery and the side effects of epidural steroid injections. These procedures utilize the patient’s own natural growth factors or stem cells to treat bulging or herniated discs, degenerative conditions in the spine, and other back and neck conditions that cause pain.

As part of the Regenexx Network, Mountain View Rehabilitation offers the nation’s most advanced regenerative procedures available in the United States today. Call us at (530) 477-0893 for an appointment to evaluate your condition, or complete the Candidate Form below for more information about our non-surgical regenerative treatments and to learn if you’re a good candidate for one of these procedures.

  • PL-Disc Outcome Data

    This outcome information summarizes the patient registry data for Regenexx Platelet Lysate Spine Procedures using Platelet Lysate (created from a patient’s own blood).

    View PL-Disc Outcome Data
  • PL-Disc vs. Steroid Epidural Outcome Data

    This data compares two groups of patients who received epidural steroids vs. PL-Disc and looks at their results at 3 month and 6 month intervals using a Functional Rating Index (FRI), which measures things like pain as well as the ability to walk, sit, lift, bend, etc.

    View PL-Disc vs. Steroid Epidural Outcome Data

Commonly Treated Spine & Cervical Conditions

Annular Tear
Arthritis of the Spine
Bone Spurs
Bulging Disc
Canal Stenosis
Collapsed Disc
Degenerative Disc Disease
Degenerative Joint Disease
Degenerative Spine
Disc Extrusion
Disc Protrusion
Facet Disease
Facet Syndrome
Failed Back Surgery Syndrome
Foraminal Narrowing
Foraminal Stenosis
Herniated Disc
Herniated Nucleus Pulposus (HNP)
Pinched Nerve
Radiculitis
Radiating Nerve Pain
Ruptured Disc
Sciatica
SI Joint Syndrome
Slipped Disc
Spinal Narrowing
Spinal Stenosis
Spondylitis
Spondylolisthesis
Spondylosis
Torn Disc
Back Pain
Chronic Pain
Disc Pain
Neck Pain
Nerve Pain
Neuralgia
Neurogenic Claudication
Radiculopathy

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Platelet Treatments for Pain from Bulging or Herniated Discs

Regenexx Platelet Lysate is a blood platelet procedure for non-surgical treatment of bulging disc and herniated disc related problems. This treatment may help patients avoid invasive back surgery or epidural steroid injections and their serious side effects.

Bulging & Herniated Discs Explained

A bulging disc is also called a disc protrusion or bulge. This means that the outer covering of the disc (annulus) is partially torn or damaged and the inner gel is causing the area to bulge. This can put pressure on a spinal nerve and cause numbness and tingling (sciatica). A herniated disc is also called a disc extrusion, slipped disc, sequestration, or “HNP” (Herniated Nucleus Pulposis). This means that the outer covering of the disc (annulus) is completely torn or damaged and the inner gel squirts out. This can put pressure on a spinal nerve or cause severe swelling and lead to numbness and tingling (sciatica).

Treating Bulging and Herniated Discs

Regenexx Platelet Lysate can offer relief from lower back or neck pain, buttock and leg pain, or numbness and tingling in the arms, hands, legs or feet. It’s a safe, non-surgical treatment alternative for patients suffering from bulging discs and herniated cervical, thoracic, or lumbar disc related problems. Most patients with bulging or herniated discs respond well to a platelet lysate injection into the space surrounding the inflamed spinal nerves. Other clinics resort to an injection of stems cells directly into a patient’s disc. While this can sometimes ultimately be necessary, our platelet lysate procedure is less invasive and lower risk. Nobody other than Regenexx offers this type of procedure, which utilizes natural growth factors produced from the patient’s own blood platelets. Regenexx is the only provider with experience in both stem cells and platelet lysate so we are uniquely able to determine the best treatment options to address your source of pain.

Regenexx Platelet Lysate is a minimally invasive treatment, with a very short recovery period. It is most frequently used to provide relief from lower back pain, numbness or tingling in the legs or feet, or buttock and leg pain.

Stem Cell & Platelet Treatment for Degenerated Disc Pain

Degenerated disc patients tend to lose disc height which can lead to a wide range of complications.

  • Compressed nerves (stenosis)
  • Facet joint overload leading to arthritis
  • Lax ligaments that result in overall spinal instability

Our treatment protocol focuses on platelet and/or stem cell technologies deployed to treat sloppy disc movement due to lax ligaments and arthritic facet joints. Each of these critical areas above may benefit from different types of procedures.

Only Regenexx has the experience and the broad spectrum of procedures that allow for effective treatment of all of these conditions. Regenexx procedures provide non-surgical treatment options for patients suffering from the complications associated with degenerative disc disease. By carefully targeting the right procedure to the impacted areas of the spine, patients can avoid spinal fusion surgery or frequent high dose steroid epidural injections and their associated side effects.

Stem Cell Treatment for Torn & Painful Discs

Torn and Painful Discs Explained

Disc tears are also called annular tears or HIZs (High Intensity Zones) on MRI images. A patient with a painful and torn disc has “disogenic pain”. The outer covering of the disc can be torn due to injury and painful nerves can grow into the area, leading to low back pain, usually with sitting or activity. In addition, the tear in the disc may lead to noxious chemicals escaping and irritating the spinal nerve, which can lead to sciatica.

Patients with this type of disc damage and pain generally have the best response from a Regenexx Stem Cell injection procedure.

This non-surgical procedure uses stem cells isolated from the patient’s own bone marrow. The marrow is collected using a special needle during a simple office procedure. The harvesting procedure is well tolerated by patients and many patients report experiencing no pain. After collection, the marrow is centrifuged to concentrate and purify the stem cells while removing unneeded cells. These stem cells, along with a preparation of concentrated blood platelets, are injected into the damaged disc using advanced imaging guidance.


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Regenexx is a Better Option than Fusion Surgery or Steroid Epidural Injections

Fusion surgery is a highly invasive procedure and is more likely to cause complications (complications occur in 36% of fusion patients). 76% still required narcotics for pain and missed 3 times as much work as those who didn’t have surgery. A steroid epidural is an injection that places steroid medication around irritated or inflamed nerves in the spine. While they do help patients avoid surgery, epidurals use very high dose steroids that can cause severe side effects and actually reduce the body’s ability to heal. Regenexx offers a variety of minimally invasive procedures that deliver ultra-precise spinal injections of platelet lysates or stem cells where needed utilizing advanced imaging guidance.


Infographic on Benefits of Regenexx Platelet Lysate | Infographic on Platelet Lysate Results vs. Epidural Steroids


Avoid the Serious Side Effects of Epidural Steroid Injections

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The recent news about epidural steroid injections (ESIs) has not been good. Recently, a meta-analysis of 23 clinical studies published from 1970 to 2012 on ESI for sciatica was published, that questions just how effective ESIs really are for this condition. Sciatica is probably the most common reason that the procedure is performed and there is a wide spread belief by the medical community regarding its effectiveness. The new study found that when ESIs were compared with a placebo injection, ESIs provided a small short term improvement in pain and disability. There was no evidence of any improvement after one year.

These results align with a similar review of published medical literature by a committee formed by the American Academy of Neurology in 2007 that highlighted the lack of evidence of long term benefits of ESIs. The study also discovered significant controversies regarding the best technique for delivering these injections, the best medications and dosage to use, and the frequency of injections.  An estimated 9,000,000 EPIs are performed in the US each year, with mixed evidence of short term benefits and zero evidence of long term benefits. This has resulted in a growing number of physicians in the US losing support for ESIs.

Multiple studies have shown that for most people, abnormal findings on MRIs and other tests do not correlate well with the presence or severity of pack pain or sciatica. In fact, many patients who have actual disc herniations and undergo surgery, whose outcome would be expected to free nerves that are irritated or impinged, do not gain relief and suffer from the multitude of negative effects of the high doses of steroids. It seems that the use of ESIs is based largely on a theory for which there is little supporting research.

We are very enthusiastic about the Regenexx family of next generation spine treatment therapies. These new technologies have been demonstrated to have improved reductions in pain and increase function when compared to ESI’s. This is the future for treating spine conditions that have failed more conservative therapies, demonstrating considerable improvement and lower risk than any other intervention available.

Want to Find Out if You Are a Candidate for a Regenexx Spine Procedure?

If you are experiencing back pain, you may be a candidate for these next generation treatments. Please complete the form below and you will be emailed information on determining your candidacy for these procedures.


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