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Regenexx® Non-Surgical Procedures for Spine-Related Conditions.

Help Your Body Heal Itself

The board-certified, highly skilled physicians who are part of the Regenexx Network have a range of procedures developed to help reduce pain, improve function and avoid spine surgery and the damaging side effects of epidural steroid injections. These highly specific, precise image-guided injection procedures use the healing agents from your own body to promote the body’s natural healing ability in treating bulging or herniated discs, degenerative conditions in the spine, and other back and neck conditions.

The origin of spine pain is often misidentified which can lead to inappropriate treatment and unnecessary surgery. Being the pioneers of the field of Interventional Orthobiologics, and more than a decade and a half of experience in using these advanced Interventional Orthobiologics procedures for spine pain, our highly-skilled board-certified physicians are able to identify the most probable sources of pain and select the most appropriate non-surgical minimally-invasive treatment options available.

Quick Links: Bulging & Herniated Discs | Collapsed & Degenerative Discs | Torn & Painful Discs

This is not a complete list of conditions treated and some of these conditions may not be treated by our doctors, so please contact us or complete the Regenexx Candidate Form if you have questions about whether you or your condition can be treated with these non-surgical procedures.

  • Annular Tear
  • Arthritis of the Spine
  • Back Pain
  • Bone Spurs
  • Bulging Disc
  • Canal Stenosis
  • Collapsed Disc
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Degenerative Spine
  • Disc Extrusion / Protrusion
  • Facet Joint Syndrome
  • Failed Back Surgery Syndrome
  • Foraminal Stenosis
  • Herniated Disc
  • Herniated Nucleus Pulposus (HNP)
  • Neck Pain
  • Nerve Pain
  • Pinched Nerves
  • Radiculitis
  • Radiating Nerve Pain
  • Ruptured Disc
  • Sciatica
  • SI Joint Syndrome
  • Slipped Disc
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spondylosis
  • Torn Disc
  • Radiculopathy



Regenexx® Procedures provide non-surgical treatment options for those suffering from pain related to osteoarthritis, joint injuries, spine pain, overuse conditions, and common sports injuries. These medical procedures are only performed by highly-skilled doctors and are used to help reduce pain and improve function. Regenexx procedures have helped thousands of patients improve their quality of life, return to the activities they enjoy, and avoid the need for surgery or joint replacement*.

Regenexx Physicians represent a very selective, highly-skilled, interventional orthobiologics network that is 100% focused on orthopedic conditions. All Regenexx physicians are musculoskeletal experts with extensive training and experience in the diagnosis and treatment of musculoskeletal conditions, as well as complex, image-guided injections of your body's own healing agents to treat orthopedic issues. Regenexx patient outcomes are tracked in a registry and with that information, we provide transparent outcome data (below) for those who may be considering this treatment option.

Want to find out if you are a Regenexx Candidate? Complete the Candidate Form.
Javier Leos
9 months ago
Definitely have an amazing staff here. Very thorough and very helpful. Felt terrible that I was a little late to my appointment…read more
Kevin Menendez
11 months ago
Dr Tambar and all of his team members are very kind and helpful! I will highly recommend to anyone.…read more
Allen Reed
11 months ago
Dr. Tambar was great. I was experiencing pain in my lower back and hamstring. I felt comfortable opting to have the stem…read more
Rachael Martinez
9 months ago
Chicago Arthtitis was a wonderful experience there extremely knowledgeable and professional, I’ve completed several treatments Platelet rich plasma injections and reduce my…read more

Regenexx Alternative to Spine Surgery or Steroid Epidural Injections

A steroid epidural is an injection that places steroid medication around irritated or inflamed nerves in the spine. While they do help patients avoid surgery, epidurals use very high-dose steroids that can cause severe side effects and actually reduce the body’s ability to heal.

Regenexx offers a variety of minimally invasive procedures that deliver ultra-precise spinal injections of platelet lysates (or in fewer cases, bone marrow concentrate) where needed, utilizing advanced imaging guidance to ensure precise placement into the injured area.

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Video: Regenexx vs. Steroids or Surgery

Platelet Treatments for Pain from Bulging or Herniated Discs

Bulging & Herniated Discs Explained

A bulging disc is also called a disc protrusion or bulge. This means that the outer covering of the disc (annulus) is partially torn or damaged and the inner gel is causing the area to bulge. This can put pressure on a spinal nerve and cause numbness and tingling (sciatica).

A herniated disc is also called a disc extrusion, slipped disc, sequestration, or “HNP” (Herniated Nucleus Pulposis). This means that the outer covering of the disc (annulus) is completely torn or damaged and the inner gel squirts out. This can put pressure on a spinal nerve or cause severe swelling and lead to numbness and tingling (sciatica).

Treating Bulging and Herniated Discs

Platelet Lysate is often used in the treatment of Bulging and Herniated Discs. This very specialized Regenexx-developed procedure utilizes natural growth factors from the patient’s own blood platelets. Regenexx’s extensive experience in Platelet Lysate, Platelet-Rich Plasma, and Bone marrow Concentrate from the patient’s own body, enables us to determine the best treatment options to address your source of pain.

Platelet Lysate Spinal procedures are administered with precise imaging guidance to target the specific areas needing treatment and may offer relief from lower back or neck pain, buttock and leg pain, or numbness and tingling in the arms, hands, legs, or feet. It’s a highly specific, precise image-guided non-surgical treatment alternative for patients suffering from bulging discs and herniated cervical, thoracic, or lumbar disc-related problems, performed only by specially trained Regenexx Physicians.

A Better Option than Steroid Epidurals

A steroid epidural is an injection that places steroid medication around irritated or inflamed nerves in the spine. While they may help patients avoid surgery and can provide pain relief temporarily, epidurals use very high-dose steroids which can reduce the body’s ability to heal and can lead to severe side effects.

Regenexx Platelet Lysate is a very specific, precise image-guided injection-based alternative to a steroid epidural injection. It uses natural growth factors from the patient’s own body, derived from their own blood platelets, helping patients avoid surgery and the negative side effects of steroids.

Using Your Body’s Own Healing Agents for Degenerated Disc Pain: Bone Marrow Concentrate and Platelets

Advanced Treatments for Degenerative Discs

Degenerated disc patients tend to lose disc height which can lead to a wide range of complications.

  • Compressed nerves (stenosis)
  • Facet joint overload leading to arthritis
  • Lax ligaments that result in overall spinal instability

Our advanced Interventional Orthobiologic treatment protocol focuses on Platelet and/or Bone Marrow Concentrate from the patient’s own body deployed to treat disc movement due to lax ligaments and arthritic facet joints.

Each of these critical areas above may benefit from different types of procedures.

Because Regenexx was the first to develop this type of treatment modality, we have the experience and the broad spectrum of procedures that allow for the treatment of all of these conditions. Regenexx procedures provide highly specific, precise image-guided, non-surgical treatment options using the healing agents from your own body for patients suffering from the complications associated with degenerative disc disease. Our highly skilled Physicians carefully target the right procedure to the impacted areas of the spine using precise imaging guidance, so that patients may avoid spinal fusion surgery or frequent high-dose steroid epidural injections and their associated side effects.

Advanced Treatments for Torn & Painful Discs

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Torn and Painful Discs

Disc tears are also called annular tears or HIZs (High-Intensity Zones) on MRI images. A patient with a painful and torn disc has “discogenic pain”. The outer covering of the disc can be torn due to injury and painful nerves can grow into the area, leading to low back pain, usually with sitting or activity. In addition, the tear in the disc may lead to noxious chemicals escaping and irritating the spinal nerve, which can lead to sciatica.

Patients with this type of disc damage and pain may benefit from a Regenexx Bone Marrow Concentrate injection procedure.

This highly specialized precise image-guided non-surgical procedure uses cells isolated from the patient’s own bone marrow. The bone marrow is collected using a special needle and advanced imaging guidance during an in-office procedure with your Regenexx Physician. The harvesting procedure is well tolerated by patients and many patients report experiencing no pain. After collection, the Bone Marrow is centrifuged to concentrate the healing cells, and unneeded cells are removed. These cells, along with a preparation of concentrated blood platelets, are injected the same day into the damaged disc, using precise advanced imaging guidance.

The Spine Owner’s Manual

Written by Dr. Chris Centeno, this e-book delves into the spine and how it functions within the human musculoskeletal system and the body as a whole. Everything within the body works together, like a precisely tuned symphony, to support our well-being, and a healthy spine and all of its component parts (e.g., spinal nerves, ligaments, muscles, etc.) are critical to full-body health. When a single component in the spinal chain is damaged, it can lead to a cascade of problems not only in the musculoskeletal system but throughout the body and even further spinal damage when it goes untreated. The result is chronic pain anywhere in the body that with the proper diagnostic approach can be traced back to the damage in the spine.

Using the Regenexx SANS approach, The Spine Owner’s Manual provides a series of tests and clearly defined exercises that you can do on your own to measure and monitor your own spinal health. It will allow you to investigate where your own body might be struggling to maintain proper stability, articulation, symmetry, and neuromuscular function and will help you make the connections between these deficiencies in other parts of the body and the spine.

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How Stem Cell Therapy & Platelet-Rich Plasma Injections Work

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Stem Cell Treatments

Elbow pain can prevent you from working, taking care of your family, or exercising to maintain good health. Pain and dysfunction of your elbow may be the result of injuries, overuse, or arthritis. Treatment for elbow problems was once limited to ice and rest, pain medications, physical therapy, and steroid injections; surgery was done in severe cases. Fortunately, advances in medical technology have improved treatments for elbow injuries, overuse, and arthritis. Stem cell therapy is perhaps the most innovative new treatments for elbow problems.

Stem cells are a special type of cells that can “differentiate,” or turn into other types of body cells. There are thousands of stem cells already present in your body; when you hurt bone or tissue in your elbow, nearby stem cells rush to the scene to create replacement tissue. The problem is that there isn’t always enough stem cells in the area to do the job well. What’s worse is that we lose stem cells as we age. Stem cell therapy for elbow problems involve taking out some of your stem cells, concentrating them and injecting them into your elbow, where they go to work repairing damaged tissue.

The elbow is a complex joint, consisting of three bones, muscles, tendons that connect the muscles to the bones, and ligaments that protect and hold the ends of the bones together. Elbow conditions affect these anatomical structures of the elbow to cause pain and dysfunction.

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Blood Platelet Treatments
(PRP Injections)

Chicago Arthritis and Regenerative Medicine uses the power of platelets or what’s known as PRP injections to heal elbow pain and dysfunction. Platelets clot blood to stop bleeding, of course, but they also contain growth factors that speed healing and stimulate stem cell activities. Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injection procedures involve gathering platelets from your blood, concentrating them in plasma (the watery portion of blood), and injecting the platelet-rich plasma directly into your elbow. PRP injection for elbow issues is fast, safe and effective. Patients swear by PRP for tennis elbow and other conditions.

PRP injections are regenerative treatments, which mean they boost the body’s own natural healing power. Our procedures provide the body with the stem cells and platelets it needs to heal a variety of elbow conditions.

Common elbow conditions include:

Golfer’s elbow (medial epicondylitis) – an overuse injury resulting from repetitive hand motion, such as swinging a golf club, using a hammer, or throwing a baseball; affects the tendons on the inside of the elbow

Tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis) – an overuse injury often experienced by those who play racquet sports, cooks, painters, carpenters and more

Osteoarthritis – a type of arthritis resulting from an elbow injury or wear and tear; the condition wears down and damages connective tissue in the elbow

Injuries – sprains and strains to the elbow joint can cause pain, joint instability, swelling, decreased range of motion

Regenexx® Patient Success Stories

*DISCLAIMER: Like all medical procedures, Regenexx® Procedures have a success and failure rate. Patient reviews and testimonials on this site should not be interpreted as a statement on the effectiveness of our treatments for anyone else.

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