Anyone who has suffered from sciatica knows all about the searing pain it can inflict. Sciatica is usually caused by pressure on the sciatic nerve, a major nerve leading away from the lower spine, and extending to the ankle. Sitting, standing, or sleeping for any length of time becomes painful, even unbearable. Sciatica can even cause leg weakness and a sensation of “pins and needles” in the leg or the foot.
It may be possible to manage the pain of sciatica with exercises and pain relievers. While this might make the condition go away for a while, sciatica is likely to return to limit one’s activities again in the future. Some medical doctors will recommend cortisone injections or even surgery. When the body can be helped to really and truly heal, sciatica can be overcome without drugs or surgery. That’s the best, healthiest, and safest way to recover. And that’s where Physical Medicine of Oklahoma excels.
True Healing for the Pain of Sciatica
At Physical Medicine of Oklahoma, we have developed a wide range of pain relief treatments that all employ, support, and directly activate your own body’s ability to heal. These range from injections of the most active form of cells possible to lifestyle and exercise modifications to keep you healthy.
We first must determine the correct cause of sciatica. If it’s a herniated disc applying pressure on the sciatic nerve, a spasm of the piriformis muscle deep inside the body, or a narrowing of one of the spine's nerve channels, the right treatment must be matched to the cause.
One this determination is made, we will know if we will use chiropractic adjustments to restore the correct shape to the spine, or ultrasound and cryotherapy to reduce inflammation. We can also utilize nutrition to support drug-less healing, or the alternative treatments we offer like Platelet-rich plasma therapy and injections containing Wharton's Jelly*, that we help many patients with pain, injuries and degenerative conditions.
Alternative Treatment Options for Sciatic Nerve Pain
Our alternative treatment options assist one’s own body to help decrease pain and inflammation. Cortisone or steroid injections can cause their own injuries to human tissue, but our injections work with the body to reduce pain and eliminate the need for pain relievers that could end up being addictive.
By concentrating a patient’s own platelets — the most actively healing of our blood cells — and injecting them into an injured area, the body has a greater ability to normalize and repair tissues in that part of the body. This treatment is called platelet-rich plasma.
We also offer treatments containing Wharton's jelly*. This non-surgical treatment has shown to improve capacity for daily activities by decreasing pain and inflammation, all by improving soft tissue strength and integrity. It contains a high concentration of growth factors, proteins, and cytokines that contribute to the regenerative process by signaling the body’s own cells to the site of the defect.
Wharton’s jelly* acts as a structural tissue supplement to cushion and support the damaged tissue and provides a natural scaffold for cellular attachment in the body. By supplementing the defect with Wharton’s jelly*, our goal is to use this structural tissue supplement as a non-invasive alternative to surgery.
We are very pleased to offer all these treatment forms for patients suffering from sciatic nerve damage and other painful conditions.
If you or a loved one suffer from sciatica in Oklahoma City, Edmond, or any nearby area, call us today at (405) 726-2727 to schedule a free consultation.
*The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has defined this product as being regulated by the FDA as a human tissue product subject to Section 361 of the Public Health Service Act and 21 CFR 1271. The product is a minimally manipulated umbilical cord allograft that is intended for homologous use only. CMS has described muscle and cartilage tears as examples of homologous use.