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New Regenexx Research Paper: Leading Rather than Following

How do you lead the exploding orthopedic regenerative-medicine space? You do what few other practitioners do: you publish your results on a regular basis. That’s what we do several times a year, and this morning I’d like you to introduce you to our latest peer-reviewed publication on the use of platelet lysate injected epidurally to…
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What Is Foraminal Stenosis?

What is foraminal stenosis?  Is it necessarily the cause of your back or neck pain, and does foraminal stenosis require surgery?  Let’s start from the beginning… Your spinal column, or backbone, is made up of vertebrae, stacked one on top of the other, with a disc between each level to provide cushion and absorb shock.…
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What Is an Annular Tear?

Many patients don’t know that it’s possible to tear the disc in their neck and back. When this happens it’s called an annular tear. So let’s explore what happens. The annulus is the tough, fibrous outer covering of our spinal discs. The spinal discs live between each of the bones that make up our spine,…
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Back Pain When Hiking: Helping Agnes Scale Her Personal Mountain

I love the creative ways patients find to let us know that they’re doing better. This last week, I received this great shot from Dr. Pitts who had treated Agnes, a patient who had significant back pain with hiking. Here she is, having just climbed Colorado’s Mt. Elbert at 14,433 feet!  So how did we…
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Are Bone Spurs Bad? Bone Is Alllllliiiiivvvveeee…

Are bone spurs bad? Bone spurs inspire fear in the hearts and minds of most patients, kind of like The Blob from a bad ’60s horror movie. When they hear that they have them, they’re immediately freaked out. However, much like the title of Stanley Kubrick’s ’60s movie, Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to…
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Pain After Back Fusion: Adjacent Segment Disease

Your spine is built for movement, but it also has to be stable. In essence, it’s this duality that confuses many physicians and patients and often leads to a back fusion, which stops movement in patients with degenerative or painful back issues, such as degenerative disc disease, and spinal stenosis (arthritis that’s putting pressure on nerves). But…
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How to Read a Low Back MRI Report : What Type of Disc Problem Do You Have?

I find that one of the most confusing things for patients learning how to read a low back MRI report is understanding that there are different types of disc problems that each require a different therapeutic approach. So without understanding their type of disc issue, there is no way to understand which of the newer…
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Epidural Steroid Injection Reviews: Is There a Better Way?

My patients’ epidural steroid injection reviews through the years have been mixed. On the one hand, the injection can help prevent the need for surgery; on the other, the side effects can be big and awful. Hence, a few years back, we invented a new approach using platelet lysate to replace the steroid. This is…
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