PRP injections for back pain? Regenexx-PL-Disc Data

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PRP for back pain

PRP injections for back pain? As I have blogged before, we have a big commitment to data collection through our strictly maintained registry. The latest data hot off the presses is for the Regenexx-PL-Disc procedure, a technique used to substitute for common high dose steroid epidurals. In this procedure (click on infographic above to see a bigger version), we use platelet lysate to reduce swelling and provide important growth factors for nerves that are not working well. The most common application is for spinal disc bulges or herniations that cause sciatica, but we also use it for nerve hydro-dissection (freeing up a trapped nerve using a needle to inject platelet lysate under careful ultrasound guidance). The infographic below is our most recent data comparing the Regenexx-PL-Disc procedure to traditional steroid epidurals that are often used to treat radiculopathy (spinal nerve pain due to a bulging or herniated disc). The interesting points are that while 11 patients didn’t respond to steroid epidurals and switched over to the Regenexx-PL-Disc procedure, none switched the other way. In addition, note the dramatically higher increases in patient function with the Regenexx-PL-Disc procedure than with traditional steroid epidural injections. The upshot? We’ve been performing this procedure in one form or another since 2005 and have seen great results as doctors, so it’s nice to see the procedure perform well when comparing registry data with the most common injection therapy for spinal discs.

NOTE:  Regenexx-PL-Disc is a medical procedure and all medical procedures have a success and failure rate.

Chris Centeno, MD

Regenexx Founder

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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