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Are you experiencing sciatica pain going down your leg? The pain may have begun years ago with aggravating pain in the gluts or the back of the thigh. Are you noticing new symptoms of tingling down to the calf and toes? Sciatica pain and symptoms may occur with sitting, standing, and walking; and may be relieved with lying down.

Chiropractors should be your first physician to see about sciatica pain as this is an area they treat all of the time. But if the pain continues after giving chiropractic a chance (several or more treatments are usually needed), and then also trying other various treatment modalities, like acupuncture, massage, and physical therapy, the next step would be Regenerative Orthopedics as a solution for this persistent pain.

Did you receive an MRI with a report revealing some type of encroachment on a nerve root in the lower back area, which is pinching the nerve, and possibly some displacement and/or degeneration in the vertebrae of the lower back? These are not uncommon on MRI reports when experiencing sciatica pain. The displacement mentioned on the report may include forward or backward movement of the vertebrae which pinches the nerve root due to instability in the lumbar spine caused by ligament laxity.

How Do Ligaments Become Lax?

Ligaments are a type of connective tissue that connect bone to bone and help stabilize the spine and other joints. Injured ligaments have difficulty healing because they have a pretty poor blood supply. Regenerative Orthopedics stimulates the body to boost the blood supply and fibroblasts at the injured areas, resulting in repair of the injured ligaments. The fibroblasts are the cells through which collagen is made and by which tendons and ligaments repair.

Regenerative Orthopedics helps strengthen and tighten the ligaments thereby stabilizing the joints of the lumbar spine which then stops the pinching of the nerve.

Cortisone vs Dextrose Caudal Epidural

A lumbar epidural is an injection into the epidural space of the lumbar spine. When patients are having referred pain, a cortisone (steroid) or dextrose injection can be used. Steroids are strong anti-inflammatories and must be limited to no more that 3-4 injections each year in order to prevent thinning of the bone and connective tissue damage.

At OrthoRegen®, we endeavor to build up the soft tissue and joint structures, and do not use substances like cortisone, which cause degeneration and inhibit healing. Instead, the dextrose solution can be used to reduce the swelling of the nerve without the anti-inflammatory effect and the steroid side effects.

Regenerative Orthopedics eliminate or reduce pain, numbness, and tingling, enabling the former sciatica sufferer to be able to sit, stand, and walk without any pain or annoying symptoms. The treatment is very effective at achieving symptom resolution and pain-free living.

Here at OrthoRegen®, we practice a comprehensive approach to Regenerative Orthopedics as an alternative to surgery and joint replacement in order to help regenerate connective soft tissues and accelerate recovery. Lumbar instability can cause an array of symptoms including sacroiliac pain, lower back pain, sciatic symptoms, and referred leg pain. All can be treated effectively with Regenerative Orthopedics.  If you are suffering from any of the symptoms listed above and would like to learn more, you can give us a call at (310)453-1234. We’d love to help you eliminate your sciatica symptoms.

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