Lumbar disc protrusions can cause lower back and leg pain which can vary from mild to severe.
Today in clinic, I had the opportunity to followup with a patient who underwent autologous stem cell therapy using the Regenexx procedure. He has kindly allowed me to share his experience. Patient is a 37-year-old male with longstanding lower back and leg pain. The back pain was sharp in character, constant in duration, progressive in nature and aggravated by coughing, sneezing and flexion. He would experience episodic pain which would incapacitate him. Physical examination was significant for lower back pain aggravated by flexion, extension and straight leg raise.
Micro-discectomy and other surgical treatments were dismissed by the patient and his family.
4 weeks after having his own stem cells injected into the L5/S1 disc along with platelet derived growth factors, the patient had significant reduction in his back and leg pain. MRI prior to and after stem cell therapy was significant for a reduction in the L5/S1 protrusion which is illustrated below.