A Colorado Regenexx Patient Review: Pain Free!

By Chris Centeno, MD /

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We received this Colorado Regenexx Patient Review recently from a patient who wanted to share his experience at Regenexx Colorado. When he contacted Regenexx he was in excruciating pain, and his local physician’s treatment had made the situation worse rather than better…

“So, recently I started to get a pain in my right arm, just below the shoulder. It started small then escalated to a major pain.  It felt like a vice grip was on my upper arm squeezing tighter and tighter and radiating down my forearm.  It got so bad I was loosing sleep.  The only time I got a small amount of relief was sitting down with my chin touching my chest.  I went to my doctor and they shot my shoulder with steroids and gave me a prescription for a week of steroids.  A week later the pain was worse.  They told me to go to the emergency room.

I had been following Regenexx, and decided to contact them. My phone consultation was with Dr. Centeno. He said  “sounds like a pinched nerve at C5 or C6”  and because of that recommended I get an MRI of my cervical spine as well as my shoulder.

I got to the MRI place, and I just could not go through with it.  They wanted me to lay flat on my back.  The pain was worse when my head was fully back lying down and they said they could not raise my head.  So, the MRI was a no-go.   Dr. Centeno recommended I try the “Stand Up” MRI.  Well, that went great.  I was able to be positioned so my head did not need to be fully back.

The MRI was conclusive, and confirmed I had a disc bulging out and pinching the nerve bundle at C6 and some arthritis in the small openings where the nerves go through the bone down to the arm.  Dr. Centeno also noticed that I had an  issue with a torn Rotator cuff.  The pain from the cuff I knew about, however, it didn’t bother me and only hurt when I was doing something like throwing a ball…  The pain from the pinched nerve though was unbearable and totally unrelated to the cuff issue.

Dr. Centeno recommended Regenexx SCP (and if needed other Regenexx platelet products) .  He also recommended I start taking the Regenexx Advanced Stem Cell Support Formula and the Regenexx Turmeric Curcumin Complex.  I have to say that 2 or three days after taking them, the pain started to go away.  It was still there, but it was now bearable.

So,  I made the reservations and flew out to their Colorado clinic when they could see me.  It’s in a little town just south of  Boulder called Broomfield.   My appointment  was for a Cold Friday morning to have blood drawn.  At 9:30, right on time,  I was escorted to a room where a nice young lady took my blood an did an excellent job as I have deep veins.  When done, I was told to return at 1:30.  So, we went for some site seeing.

 I returned at 1 PM.  At 1:30 right on time, I went into a room filled with cool electronic video stuff.  Dr. Centeno came in, did an extensive exam, explained the procedure and got to work.  I felt very little pain when he numbed the area and then injected the SCP into my spine and shoulder.  The whole thing was over in about 30 minutes.

I know, Long story, so let me tell you the result.  I felt almost immediate relief.  By the time we got home the next day the pain in my arm was almost gone. ( By the way, Dr. Centeno wrote a script for pain medication… I did not need it..)

A week later the only pain I had was at the insertion points.  This was minimal and almost unnoticeable.  The vice grip pain in my arm is completely gone.  My cuff injury is 80% better.  I can now throw a ball again, and while the cuff injury still lets me know it’s there, it’s nothing to complain about.

I don’t know if I will need additional treatments.  I am going to have another MRI in the future to see how the disc looks, but for now I couldn’t be happier and I am completely  pain free.” ~ JH

We’re thrilled JH is doing so well!  His story is very typical of the patients we see, and highlights the importance of seeing a physician who can make an accurate diagnosis.  JH did everything right on his end and his shoulder will likely continue to improve.  Believe it or not it snowed when he was here in the middle of April, so while we hope his next trip to Colorado will be to get a better look at our incredible mountains, if a touch up is needed at some point, we’ll be here!

(Disclaimer: Regenexx is a medical procedure, and like all medical procedures has a success and failure rate. Not all patients will experience the same results.)

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2 thoughts on “A Colorado Regenexx Patient Review: Pain Free!

  1. George Sarmento

    Can this treatment help a bulging desiccated disc L4 L5?

    1. Regenexx Team

      George,
      Yes, it does have that potential. It’s all about correct diagnosis and fitting the right procedures to the right issues. If you’d like to see if your a good candidate for a regenexx procedure, please fill out the Candidate form. Please see: http://www.regenexx.com/blog/epidural-steroid-injections/ and http://www.regenexx.com/the-regenexx-procedures/back-surgery-alternative/

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Chris Centeno, MD is a specialist in regenerative medicine and the new field of Interventional Orthopedics. Centeno pioneered orthopedic stem cell procedures in 2005 and is responsible for a large amount of the published research on stem cell use for orthopedic applications.
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