What can I do for my aching back?

Back Pain
Male torso seen from behind.

About 80% of adults experience low back pain at some point in their lifetime. It is the leading cause of job related disability. The costs associated with low back pain, when accounting for lost wages, are in excess of $100 billion per year. Those statistics are astounding!

Chronic back pain is defined as pain that persists for 12 weeks or longer. A herniated disc is the protrusion of the disc nucleus through the annulus of the disc. Think of the jelly being squeezed out of a jelly donut. Fortunately, 9 out of 10 patients do not require surgery for a herniated disc. Spinal stenosis is a common degenerative process that results in narrowing of the canal through which the nerves travel. There are joints that line the spine, called facet joints. These can also degenerate and become inflamed much like other joints in the body.

Even after surgery, patients may continue to experience back and leg pain. This can be due to scar tissue or other levels of degeneration. This is seen commonly following spinal fusion surgery which uses hardware to connect 2 or more vertebral segments together and prevent motion at these levels. Ultimately, this places extra stress on structures above and below the fusion as they take on more movement than originally intended. As a result, people develop adjacent segment disease.

The good news is that there are non-surgical options besides steroid injections. Regenexx has cultivated cutting edge treatments for the spine using your own cells to heal and repair. Traditional platelet rich plasma (PRP) isolates platelets from the blood which slowly release growth factors into the site of injury. However, when addressing the nerves, we use platelet lysate (PL). This strips all of the growth factors out of platelets and makes them available for immediate release. All of our injections are performed under fluoroscopic guidance to ensure safe placement of the cells at the sites most needed for treatment. Typically, steroid injections just address one particular region. We can address the spine comprehensively with the platelets to provide healing and stability to the spine. In combination with a physical therapy program, patients go on to have long term pain relief and improved functional abilities. Isn’t it worth investing in your back?

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Knee

Regenexx® Procedures are non-surgical injection treatments that are intended to help reduce pain and improve function for those who are suffering from pain due to common injuries, arthritis, and overuse conditions. View Details About Knee Treatments >

Commonly Treated Conditions:

  • Arthritis
  • Meniscus Tears
  • Patellofemoral
  • Syndrome/Chondomalacia
  • ACL Tears + PCL, LCL & MCL Tears & Sprains
  • Patellar Tendonitis
  • Pes anersine bursitis
  • Baker’s cyst
  • Instability
  • Hamstrings Tendinopathy & Biceps Femoris Insertional Tendinopathy

Lower Spine

Regenexx® Procedures are non-surgical injection treatments that are intended to help reduce pain and improve function for those who are suffering from pain due to common injuries, arthritis, and overuse conditions. View Details About Spine Treatments >

Commonly Treated Conditions:

  • Lumbar Facet Injury
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Herniated or Bulging Disc
  • Radiculopathy (pinched nerve)
  • SI Joint Syndrome
  • Many More Disc and Low Back Issues

Foot & Ankle

Regenexx® Procedures are non-surgical injection treatments that are intended to help reduce pain and improve function for those who are suffering from pain due to common injuries, arthritis, and overuse conditions. View Details About Foot & Ankle Treatments >

Commonly Treated Conditions:

  • Arthritis
  • Ankle Instability
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Peroneal tendon tear or split
  • Ligament sprain or tear
  • Sub-talar arthritis or instability
  • Tarsal tunnel syndrome
  • Bunions

Cervical Spine

Regenexx® Procedures are non-surgical injection treatments that are intended to help reduce pain and improve function for those who are suffering from pain due to common injuries, arthritis, and overuse conditions. View Details About Spine Treatments >

Commonly Treated Conditions:

  • Cervical Instability
  • Cervical Facet Injury
  • Neck, Back or Rib Instability
  • Many More Disc and Cervical Issues Causing Pain

Shoulder

Regenexx® Procedures are non-surgical injection treatments that are intended to help reduce pain and improve function for those who are suffering from pain due to common injuries, arthritis, and overuse conditions. View Details About Shoulder Treatments >

Commonly Treated Conditions:

  • Rotator cuff tears
  • Arthritis of the shoulder joint
  • Thoracic outlet syndrome
  • Labral tears or degeneration
  • Rotator cuff tendonitis & tendonosis
  • AC Joint Separation
  • Recurrent shoulder dislocations

Elbow

Regenexx® Procedures are non-surgical injection treatments that are intended to help reduce pain and improve function for those who are suffering from pain due to common injuries, arthritis, and overuse conditions. View Details About Elbow Treatments >

Commonly Treated Conditions:

  • Arthritis
  • Instability
  • Tennis Elbow or Golfer’s Elbow
  • Nerve entrapment (ulnar nerve)

Hip

Regenexx® Procedures are non-surgical injection treatments that are intended to help reduce pain and improve function for those who are suffering from pain due to common injuries, arthritis, and overuse conditions. View Details About Hip Treatments >

Commonly Treated Conditions:

  • Arthritis
  • Osteonecrosis
  • Bursitis
  • Tendinopathy
  • Labral / Labrum Tear

Hand & Wrist

Regenexx® Procedures are non-surgical injection treatments that are intended to help reduce pain and improve function for those who are suffering from pain due to common injuries, arthritis, and overuse conditions. View Details About Hand & Wrist Treatments >

Commonly Treated Conditions:

  • Hand Arthritis
  • Basal Joint Arthritis or CMC / Carpometacarpal
  • Arthritis
  • Instability
  • TFCC Tear
  • Carpal Tunnel SyndromeTrigger Finger