All About Sciatica
The term ‘Sciatica’ is often confused with generalized lower back pain. Sciatica refers to the pain that arises when the sciatic nerve gets irritated.
The Sciatic nerve is one of the longest nerves in your body. It starts at the lower back, runs through your buttocks, goes down your legs, and ends just below your knees. It controls the muscles of your lower leg and sensation in most of your legs and feet.
According to the Harvard school of medicine, at least 40 percent of individuals get sciatica during their lifetime.
What are the symptoms of sciatica?
Common symptoms of sciatica include:
What causes sciatica?
Sciatica is usually caused by lower back problems, particularly by disorders of the spine, such as a bulging or herniated disc, intervertebral disc degeneration, displacement of vertebral bones, bone spurs, joint cysts, or narrowing of the spaces between vertebral bones. These disorders can cause the compression the sciatic nerve, leading to inflammation, pain and numbness in the affected leg.
The common causes of Sciatica are:
Regenerative Medicine Treatments for Sciatica
Many patients are turning to non-surgical regenerative medicine treatments for their Sciatica and back pain because of the poor success rates of conventional treatments for sciatica, including surgical options, which can be as low as 50 percent. Regenerative Medicine treatments for Sciatica include Intradiscal Bone Marrow Aspirate and Intradiscal Fibrin (The Discseel® Procedure).
Intradiscal Bone Marrow Aspirate (BMA)
This procedure includes injecting Bone Marrow Aspirate (BMA) into the damaged intervertebral discs. As part of a cell-based treatment, regenerative cells can be collected from bone marrow and blood with minimal discomfort. These cells can then be processed in a state-of-the-art laboratory utilizing the latest technology. Finally, the regenerative cells, in combination with natural growth and healing factors, can be injected into the intervertebral discs.
Intradiscal Fibrin the discseel® procedure
Fibrin is one of the main proteins in the intervertebral discs. Intradiscal fibrin therapy (Discseel®) injects fibrin into the damaged intervertebral discs. This provides support to the discs and boosts their regeneration. This can repair your damaged disc. If needed, we can add bone marrow aspirate into the disc.