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Prolotherapy, Plaelet Rick Plasma Therapy or Stem Cell for Facet Joints

joeyfinojjoeyfino Posts: 1
edited 03/28/2015 - 8:58 AM in Lower Back Pain
Has anyone had any of these treatments for facet Joint issues? I am mulling it over and looking into Dr's at the moment but would love to hear anyone's experience with this treatement for facet joints. Did it help? Was it a waste of time and money? I really don't want to waste a lot of money on some of these procedures and I have a feeling that they will always say that they can help you even if they aren't quite sure that it will work. I haven't had an appointment yet but that is just what I think will happen. Much rather hear from peoples experience.
Joey Fino


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  • Hi, I have had prolotherapy, PRP and intradiscal stem cells. I did the physical therapy for two months and prolotherapy - three times - first (to stabilize the muscles and ligaments of the spine), then I did prp on those same ligaments. And just two days ago I did PRP around the outside of the painful disc and in the facet joints. I also had BMAC stem cells (bone marrow) injected into my L3/4 disc. So far so good on that. I can say I definitely noticed a positive difference from the prolotherapy too. But, I believe success on all of these things is practitioner dependent - how they prepare the solutions, the techniques they use, etc. I researched it like my life depended on it before doing any of this stuff.
  • dgreen1064ddgreen1064 Posts: 1
    edited 07/29/2015 - 2:38 AM
    I have a lot of chronic facet pain. I have had several prolotherapy sessions. I have received 1-12 months of relief depending on varying factors. I recommend someone who does comprehensive prolotherapy as technique makes a huge difference here.XXXX Medical is very good and if not close to you, they should be able to recommend someone. I had PRP injections from YYYYY hoping to get more consistent relief but PRP didn't work well for me. However, my wife has had PRP to neck and low back facets and has receiveved 4-12 months of 90% relief. Again, I recommend YYYYY as their PRP is 12-16X where most places are on 5-10X and contain red blood cells which are too inflamatory and can cause scarring to cartilage. I also had a same day stem cell injection to facets at 2 levels and got 1 year of 50%+ relief. But stem cells are really expensive - $5000 and you have to make sure the doctor really knows what they are doing. A lot of them just take a week end workshop on stem cells and then start treating. I had mine done at YYYYY. They have their own full time cell biologist on staff and verify stem cell counts and viability before injecting. If insurance was paying, I would go for the stem cells every time, but if you are paying cash, I would start with the prolo, then PRP, then stem cells if you don't get relief. Looking forward to stem cell treatments for arthritis coming out in the next 3-5 years. Lots of stem cell products on the horizon.

    5.10 You agree not to post specific physician names or health care facilities names on Spine-Health.com. Post edited... Ron DiLauro, Spine-Health System Moderator
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