More low back stem cell success… AE is a 36 year old white female who was first seen in Sept of 2009 with a 2.5 year history of back and leg pain (7/10 moderately severe pain). Most importantly, she had failed physical therapy, IDET (a procedure where a catheter is inserted in the low back disc to burn away painful nerves), epidural steroid injections, facet injections, and trigger point injections. She did get some relief from a prior laminectomy, but still had significant pain. Her MRI showed reactive bone swelling in the vertebrae with compression of the left S1 nerve root. We first performed a selective nerve root block at L5-S1 to make 100% sure that treating that disc would relive symptoms. When she reported short-term good relief from a diagnostic block at that level, in October of 2009 her own specially cultured stem cells were injected into the L5-S1 low back disc using an exacting technique (Regenexx-C). Here is her report from this week (from the ICMS treatment registry):
Overall, how do you feel now compared to prior to the procedure?
She also reports that despite starting with moderately severe 7/10 pain prior to the procedure that she now only has mild pain, her range of motion has increased, and she can do more since the procedure. She also writes-“Much more active and back to a normal life!”
The upshot? Despite AE failing just about every existing conservative low back injection therapy and surgery, she responded well to the exacting injection of her own specially cultured stem cells into the L5-S1 disc. While we can’t claim that every patient can achieve these same results, we’re proud to have helped AE get back to a more normal life!
Note: Regenexx-C is a medical procedure, and like all medical procedures has a success and failure rate. Not all patients can expect the same results.