Discogenic pain, also known as disc-related pain, is typically a condition seen in healthy young individuals, often athletes. It does not necessarily require a herniated disc; it is often associated with an injury to the fibrous ring of the disc, causing pain on its own. While an MRI often shows an annular tear, the report may not always include a description. However, the symptoms of the patient speak for themselves.

These patients usually struggle to sit for extended periods. Standing may be uncomfortable but is generally easier than sitting. Walking, and especially lying down, tends to alleviate their symptoms.
The pain from cervical disc herniation can manifest as neck pain or headache. Spontaneous improvement is common, but complaints may recur. In such cases, their condition can be improved in the long term with stem cell or PRP (platelet-rich plasma) therapy. In the production of stem cells and PRP, the patient’s own blood or bone marrow is selectively extracted and prepared using a special method (centrifugation), and these cells are then reintroduced into the damaged areas of the spine, including the disc. 1-3 Certain elements (platelets, growth factors, and proteins) in the blood are responsible for the body’s healing capabilities, and we harness this ability for spinal healing.

Before considering such minimally invasive methods, physical therapy is always recommended, although caution must be exercised in the case of disc-related conditions. Surgical intervention is not recommended for this condition unless it is an absolute last resort.


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