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.
A national track and field athlete who tore her plantar-plate and severely damaged cartilage in a foot joint while participating in an indoor track events was treated with PRP injections and showed improvements. PRP stands for Platelet Rich Plasma,which is blood plasma with concentrated platelets. Platelets are used by the body to repair damaged tissue, and the concentrated platelets found in PRP contain huge reservoirs of proteins like growth factors. These growth factors are vital to the initiation and acceleration of tissue repair and regeneration. These proteins that are found in PRP initiate connective tissue healing, bone regeneration, and repair, promote development of new blood vessels, and stimulate the wound healing process.
This runner, who is named DC, was encouraged to pursued a Regenexx-SD stem cell injection procedure in December, 2010. Her 6-month follow-up is shown in this email. She is running again and training again. Once again, an adult stem cell treatment helps improve the quality of life of an athlete.
A 61-year old financial strategist from New York city who stepped off a curb in 2005 and tore the meniscus in her right knee. After surgery (partial menisectomy), her condition worsened. Due to changes in her walking style from the pain in the right knee, her left hip began hurting. She was able to get around New York on foot only with an unloader brace and had difficulty with walking long distances. What did she do? Read about the rest here.
The Regenexx Corporation is using mesenchymal stem cells to treat rotator cuff tears. See this web site.