I am new to this forum and I have been looking for answers regarding the effectiveness of bulging disc and prolotherapy/PRP/regenerative medicine. Since i could not find many sources which do not look sketchy I make one about myself.
I am at 24 year old male and have been having chronic pain in the spine for about 3 years after a squatting incident in the gym. And i will be having platelet lysate injection into my L5-S1 disc and will be also having some injected into surrounding structures i.e. facet joints + ligaments + surround musculature.
-Chronic lower back pain with a dull ache centralized in the spine and right adjacent to them. 3/10 Baseline pain, can go to 5-6/10 pain when I do an activity which aggravates it.
-Pain possibly radiating to tailbone/buttocks area. Doctors unsure whether its a nerve down there or ligament damage sustain near spine.
-Sitting too long
-Sitting with poor posture
-Standing too long
-Taking a dump/bearing down
-Muscle Relaxants (baclofen)
NSAID therapy, Physical therapy with exercises + traction, PRP into surround ligaments, Inversion therapy, Muscle Relaxants
MRI of thoracic--Normal
MRI of Lumber--L5-S1 3mm broadbased posterior facing disc protrusion with an annular tear.
So my Physicians told me that they are unsure whether or not the disc or the annular tear is the one causing my pain. They stated the only way to actually know if it is the bulge or the tear is to find out with a discogram. Which is not recommended due to the damage inflicted on the disc. I will let you guys know all about the procedure and most importantly how it effects my pain.
Using the search facility and PRP as the search, there are pages and pages of detailed medical articles discussing this along with a number of patient threads/posts. Normally, I would list some of them here, but there are too many. For platelet lysate , still use the search facility. There are a few articles, but many member threads about this.
-- Ron DiLauro, Spine-Health System Moderator 12/14/15