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Is there a better option than back surgery?

Regenexx provides breakthrough, non-surgical treatments that use your body's own healing agents to treat back and neck pain due to common injuries including degenerative disc disease, stenosis, torn or painful discs, facet injuries, spondylolysis, and other degenerative problems related to the neck and spine. 

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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 platelets from 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. 

This page contains an extensive library of educational resources on spine conditions and our patented spine procedures created by Regenexx and our founder, Chris Centeno, M.D.. We encourage you to research your options.

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Chris Centeno, M.D.
"I've been doing orthopedic stem cell work longer than any other physician in the United States. I invented much of this field."

Chris Centeno, M.D., Regenexx Founder

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Eileen Wells
"I was able to walk up and down stairs within 10 days. Now I can do one-armed push-ups again."

Eileen Wells, IFBB Pro

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Jason Markle, M.D.
I confirmed with the contrast that I was in the Intra-Articular facet.

Jason Markle, M.D., Regenexx Physician

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John Pitts, M.D.
We are going to inject contrast dye as an additional safety measure to make sure we don't get our injectate in a blood vessel.

John Pitts, M.D., Regenexx Physician

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John Pitts, M.D.
With the traditional pain model you are injecting joints for only temporary relief.

John Pitts, M.D., Regenexx Physician

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John Pitts, M.D.
What separates us from other stem cell providers performing Intradiscal treatments is our ability to customize treatment for every patient.

John Pitts, M.D., Regenexx Physician

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Lolly
"It was a huge relief to have this procedure done. I felt like superwoman again."

Lolly, New Yorker

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Sonya
"Words can't express how wonderful it is to be able to do the things I love again."

Sonya, Special Needs Teacher

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Since 2005 we have conducted research, accumulated patient results data, and obtained direct feedback from our patients with one purpose in mind, to help you make an informed, confident decision about the treatment of your condition.

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