Lumbar discs remain a major source of pain and disability. When a disc protrudes outwardly it commonly affects one or more nerve roots with resultant leg pain. Therapies for lumbar disc protrusions include physical therapy, traction, anti-inflammatory agents and steroids.
If symptoms don’t improve many patients are referred to surgery. Common surgeries include lumbar discectomies where the protruding disc is surgically trimmed.
A new therapy utilizing a patient’s own stem cells has demonstrated very exciting and promising results. Below are the MRI’s of a patient who had debilitating lower back and leg pain despite conservative therapies. Patient underwent the Regenexx procedure with dramatic results.