Your Alternative to Back Surgery

Have you been told that epidural steroid injections or invasive surgery are your only options to treat your back pain? Interventional orthopedics provides a non-surgical alternative that uses your own cells to repair the damage.

Steroid epidurals that place steroid medication around irritated or inflamed nerves in the spine do help patients avoid surgery for a time. The very high dose of steroids, however, can also cause severe side effects and actually reduce the body’s ability to heal ultimately leading to degeneration of the tissue and actually speeding the need for surgery.

Spinal fusion surgery is a highly invasive procedure that has a significant risk of complications. Research shows that complications occur in 36% of fusion patients while 76% still require narcotics for pain following their recovery from surgery. Surgical patients also miss three times as much work as those who don’t have surgery. A simple injection of your own cells, by contrast, has less than a 0.1% risk while the results of a spine fusion cannot be reversed and are categorized as a high-risk procedure with little guarantee of success.

At Regenexx we invented a new approach to orthopedic care we call Interventional Orthopedics. This approach involves the use of image guidance(flouroscopy and ultrasound) to precisely place high-dose stem cells or plateletsfrom your body directly where they are needed in a specific joint structure. These cells then work in the site of your injury to grow into new, healthy tissue, a process that will only occur if the cells have been placed exactly where they need to go in order to achieve positive outcomes for the patient. This precise approach to orthopedic care can’t be replicated by a surgeon or nurse in a chiropractor’s office. Interventional Orthopedics requires thousands of hours of training following a standardized protocol process to become a licensed Regenexx physician.

Regenexx has more than a decade of experience in stem cell based treatments for spine pain that allows us to address as many factors as possible to gain insight into the true cause of the problem.  We identify the most probable sources of pain and select the most appropriate treatment options available. Only then can the natural healing process be initiated using the safest, least invasive procedure possible.

The innovative Regenexx procedures restore spinal function and decrease pain without the need for surgery by regenerating damaged tissue. During this outpatient procedure, our expert physicians use precise image guidance to inject custom concentrations of your body’s natural healing mechanisms into the exact areas of damage to tighten and stabilize your knee joint for better function and mobility.

Eliminate your back pain

Everybody knows someone once or twice removed who has had a bad result with back or neck surgery. Pain management doctors don’t do much better, as they inject harmful steroids or want to burn away nerves that you need with procedures like radiofrequency lesioning. If you have a disc bulge, even minimally invasive surgeries that cut away the portion of the disc pressing against the nerve leaves the disc structurally weaker and more susceptible to tears or re-herniation in the future.

During this outpatient procedure, our expert physicians use precise image guidance to inject custom concentrations of your body’s natural healing growth factors and cells into the exact areas of damage around the disc to promote natural healing of the tear. Best of all, your downtime will be a fraction of surgery, with little to no need for opioid pain medications or time off of work. Call our patient care coordinators today to get started on your path to recovery.

Eliminate your back or neck pain

Surgery to help back or neck pain has a bad reputation. Almost everybody knows someone who has had bad results. For example. disc surgery can weaken that structure and it can re-herniate. In a fusion surgery, a procedure where part of the spine is bolted together solid, the structures above and below can get overloaded and torn up and this problem is known as adjacent segment disease.

What you may not know and find frustrating to hear, is that unfortunately, in many cases, these surgeries have been shown to be no more effective than sham surgeries, though the risks associated with them are very real. For example, fusion surgery complications occur in 25% of fusion patients. Further, in one study, 76% of patients still require narcotics for pain and miss three times as much work as those who don’t have surgery. Additionally, fusions lead to the wearing down of the segments above and below the fusion site as those segments now take on more movement than they were designed to accommodate, potentially leading to the need for additional fusions over time.

So what can we offer? Precise, injection based treatments of growth factors or your body’s own healing cells that focus on treating the whole spine. For example, if you’ve had a prior disc surgery that didn’t work, we can inject using real-time imaging to help heal damaged nerves. Of if you have a fusion, our goal will be to strengthen and heal the damage happening because of the increased wear and tear.  Best of all, your downtime will be a fraction of surgery, with little to no need for opioid pain medications or time off of work. Call our patient care coordinators today to get started on your path to recovery.

Do you really need surgery for a herniated disc in your back or neck?

Disc herniation causes the disc to put pressure on or irritate the spinal nerve roots or spinal cord leading to pain, numbness, or weakness. Physicians often recommend a high-dose epidural steroid injection that can temporarily help the pain but can cause severe side effects and reduce your body’s ability to heal. If this fails, the next course of treatment is usually back or neck surgery that cuts away a portion of the disc, though this approach leaves the disc weaker and more likely to be injured again. The final option is often an extremely invasive spinal fusion in which two discs are joined permanently together with hardware.

How do we help you avoid all of that? During this outpatient procedure, our expert physicians use precise image guidance to inject custom concentrations of your body’s natural healing cells into the exact areas of damage around the disc. Best of all, your downtime will be a fraction of surgery, with little to no need for opioid pain medications or time off of work. Call our patient care coordinators today to get started on your path to recovery.

Eliminate your neck pain

Neck pain can be caused by many things including wear and tear or trauma. There are many structures that can cause pain including bad discs, pinched nerves, arthritic or damaged facet joints, loose ligaments, or weak muscles. We focus on identifying and treating many of these structures at the same time, rather than trying to find one thing causing pain. Why? Our research shows that if we precisely inject your body’s healing cells into many damaged structures we get much better results.

How about neck surgery? Isn’t that the way to “get fixed?” While a few of the patients that get offered surgery really need it, in our experience, most can be helped without taking these risks. How can we help you avoid neck surgery?

During this outpatient procedure, our expert physicians use precise image guidance to inject custom concentrations of your body’s natural healing agents into the exact areas of damage in your neck and beyond to treat the underlying cause of neck pain. Best of all, your downtime will be a fraction of surgery, with little to no need for opioid pain medications or time off of work. Call our patient care coordinators today to get started on your path to recovery.

Eliminate your back pain

Typical treatment protocols for patients suffering from injury to the sacroiliac (SI) joints include high-dose steroid injections that come with a number of negative side effects and SI fusion surgery that effectively removes the layer of shock-absorption between the hip and lumbar spine leading to significantly increased stress on those areas and in many cases further injury over time. One studyshowed that after five years 16.5% of patients who had a lower back fusion needed an additional surgery to correct damage caused by the fusion while after 10 years, roughly 1/3 of patients needed another surgery. Additional in another study, 55% of patients were still taking narcotics two years after the surgical fusion.

During this outpatient procedure, our expert physicians use precise image guidance to inject custom concentrations of your body’s natural healing mechanisms into the exact areas of damage around the SI joint to promote healing of the injured joint. Best of all, your downtime will be a fraction of surgery, with little to no need for opioid pain medications or time off of work. Call our patient care coordinators today to get started on your path to recovery.

Avoid Back Surgery with Regenexx

Spinal stenosis is caused when swelling and growth of bones and ligaments in the lower back restrict available space in the spinal canal cause pinching or impingement of nerves. Treatment commonly involves back surgery that opens up the spinal canal by removing tissue around the impingement. Recent studies show after two or more years, surgery is not more effective than physical therapy and its results are indistinguishable from sham surgery. In addition to performing no better than a placebo, spine surgery comes with significant downtime and risk associated with back surgery.

During this outpatient procedure, our expert physicians use precise image guidance to inject custom concentrations of your body’s natural healing mechanisms into the exact areas of damage to reduce swelling and nerve impingement. Best of all, your downtime will be a fraction of surgery, with little to no need for opioid pain medications or time off of work. Call our patient care coordinators today to get started on your path to recovery.

Avoid Back Surgery with Regenexx

Spondylolysis is a break in the bone connecting the facet joints and is especially common for people engaged in athletics that involve considerable strain on the back. Spinal fusion involving fusing together the vertebrae around where the break has occurred is the common treatment option. There is no way to install the hardware to fuse the spine without cutting through the critical muscles and fascia that stabilize the spine. As a result, spinal fusions create spinal instability around the site of the fusion. Spinal fusions have additionally been shown over time to be no more effective than sham or placebo surgeries while complications occur in 36% of fusion patients.

During this outpatient procedure, our expert physicians use precise image guidance to inject custom concentrations of your body’s natural healing mechanisms into the exact areas of damage around the break to promote natural healing. Best of all, your downtime will be a fraction of surgery, with little to no need for opioid pain medications or time off of work. Call our patient care coordinators today to get started on your path to recovery.

Avoid Back Surgery with Regenexx

In many cases, torn discs will heal on their own with rest and time, though the area will be more prone to repeat injury and degenerative disc disease. In the event that symptoms don’t lessen over time, however, the common orthopedic option is spinal fusion, a procedure in which two vertebrae are screwed or fused together. Spinal fusions have been shown over time to be no more effective than sham or placebo surgeries while complications occur in 25% of fusion patients.

During this outpatient procedure, our expert physicians use precise image guidance to inject custom concentrations of your body’s natural healing mechanisms into the exact areas of damage around the disc to promote natural healing of the tear. Best of all, your downtime will be a fraction of surgery, with little to no need for opioid pain medications or time off of work. Call our patient care coordinators today to get started on your path to recovery.