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Column Treatment Progress No.46 A patient who improved through rehabilitation at home


Male in his 50s

Treated in February 2023. About 8 months have passed since the treatment at the time of this interview

Symptoms and treatment

The patient had an intervertebral disc herniation in the L2/3 intervertebral disc that can be seen in the red rectangle above.

In addition, L3/4 and 4/5 show signs of intervertebral disc degeneration.

Evolution prior to treatment

15 years ago: Developed a herniated disc. Recovered with medication

In 2020: He felt numbness in his buttocks and visited an orthopedic clinic. He was diagnosed with stenosis of the intervertebral disc and spinal canal.

December 2022: His buttock and right lower leg hurt. Symptoms are alleviated slightly by block injection

He decided to visit our clinic for treatment.  

He was able to walk normally.

The treatment at our clinic

The treatment was performed on a total of three intervertebral discs, L2/3, 3/4, and 4/5, using the cellgel method.

Evolution consecutive to treatment

The following is a chart in which the patient herself rated the pain value of each area on a scale of 0 to 10.

No pain at all is rated as 0, and the maximum possible pain is rated as 10.

Lower backLower limbsNumbnessButtocks
Before treatment6667
One week after treatment5445
1 month after treatment3332
3 months after treatment2222
6 months after treatment1111

The following comments were obtained from the patient when contacted for follow-up.

After one week, there’s no pain if he takes painkillers, but it hurts if he doesn’t.

After 1 month, he continued to do the exercises he learned at rehabilitation daily and his symptoms were gradually getting better.

After 3 months, his lower back doesn’t bother him much, but he still has numbness below the knees and pain in his buttocks.

After 6 months, his symptoms have improved to the point where it they are almost unnoticeable.

The patient this time had high levels of pain before the treatment, but saw an improvement almost immediately.

About a month after the treatment, the patient went to the rehabilitation facility affiliated with our clinic.

He implemented what he had been taught during rehabilitation every day, and gradually, he was able to alleviate his symptoms.

Our rehabilitation clinic specializes in lower back pain, so if you are interested, please contact us.

※ The effect of the treatment varies from person to person. Please be aware that there is a possibility that the same effect may not be obtained.

Our clinic’s treatment method

Additional information about the Cellgel method we have introduced in this column.

Cost of the Cellgel method: 1,420,000 yen per area (including tax) to 1,860,000 yen per 5 areas (including tax)

Risks and side effects of the Cellgel method: Transient pain may occur after treatment. Nerve damage is not a zero possibility due to the very nature of the treatment, but there have been no reports of damage so far in either report cases or publications. There is a very small possibility of allergic reactions to local anesthetics. Symptoms may temporarily worsen during the first week or two after treatment. This is believed to be due to the decompression effect of the implant, which retracts the surrounding tissues. In addition, if the disc is almost completely collapsed, treatment may be difficult. The doctor hold a consultation with you during your visit to the clinic to determine the best treatment option for your condition.

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