KG is a now a 41 year old white female who had severe low back problems when she was seen two years ago, with nerve pain down the leg from a pinched S1 nerve in her low back due to a disc bulge at L5-S1. She had already failed low back surgery and also failed to respond long-term to steroid (cortisone) epidurals. She’s still doing well clinically after having her own stem cells injected into her low back disc bulge. I just reviewed two year follow-up films on that disc, showing several things. The good news is that even two years after the disc stem cell injection, she has no disc bulge pressing on an S1 nerve. In addition, it should be noted that this is one of the few patients we’ve treated where despite not having a disc bulge, her disc did loose a little bit of disc height (most patients do not have this finding). This may make sense, as she had “dead” vacuum areas in the disc when we began our treatment two years ago.
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About the Author
Christopher J. Centeno, M.D. is an international expert and specialist in regenerative medicine and the clinical use of mesenchymal stem cells in orthopedics. He is board certified in physical medicine as well as rehabilitation and in pain management through The American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.…