Using Stem Cells to Treat Bulging Intervertebral Discs

A patient who is given the name of JS was treated for a bulging disc with steroid drugs that were injected directly into the spinal cord (epidural). Recently, he had a Regenexx C-disc procedure that took mesenchymal stem cells from his own bone marrow and used them to repair the outer layer of his intervertebral disc so that it would not bulge as badly. The procedure was a rousing success, and MRI images of his back showed that the damaged disc was much less bulged that is used to be. He is presently off pain killers and back to part of his active life style.

The pictures are shown below:

While this procedure does not work all the time, the fact that it does work so well for some people means that it should be a consideration as an alternative for back surgery.