Many people suffer daily with extreme pain in their legs and lower back, making it difficult to stand or sit, which means daily activities can be unbearably uncomfortable. This pain is often related to sciatica, a condition where the sciatic nerve in your lower back becomes inflamed.
Unfortunately, traditional treatments don’t necessarily get to the source of the pain, meaning they can sometimes create a bigger problem. Suppose you have tried other treatment options with little to no success and are in search of an alternative option.
Although most treatment options may seem invasive and leave patients with a level of uncertainty that they will even be successful, PRP treatments offer a natural solution without the unnecessary risks.
PRP Treatments to Relieve Pain
PRP (Platelet-Rich Plasma), an advanced biological treatment, uses the body’s natural ability to heal itself through the patient’s own blood. It is a relatively straightforward procedure.
First, a blood sample is collected, typically right there in your doctor’s office; after the sample is taken, it is spun through a centrifuge which separates the red blood cells and platelets. The substance that is left behind is a highly concentrated serum rich in healing properties. This serum is then injected into the injured area and encourages the body to heal at a more effective rate.
What is Sciatica?
The sciatic nerve is the longest nerve in the body and begins in the lower back and runs down each side of the body through the hips, buttocks, and calf area of the legs.
When an injury occurs, it can cause strain or pinching on the sciatic nerve or begins causing extreme discomfort, pain, and numbness to several areas of the body.
The pain associated with sciatica can range from mild to severe; while most people experience moderate levels of pain or discomfort, many suffer from excessive pain.
Sciatica symptoms may seem to have sudden flare-ups in some patient’s while others may experience them chronically.
These symptoms include:
- Limited range of motion
- Shooting pain while standing
- Throbbing pain in the legs or back
- Hip pain
- Weakness in the legs
- Chronic discomfort
- Swelling in the feet or ankles while sitting
- Hot or cold sensations in the legs
- Burning or tingling in the legs and feet
- Aches in your rear
- Increasing discomfort while sitting
- Discomfort that extends from your hips to your feet
Symptoms associated with sciatica can make routine activities unbearable and unmanageable.
If you have been dealing with chronic, unrelenting pain and discomfort from sciatica, advanced treatments such as Platelet Rich Plasma can provide a way to get to the source of the pain and effectively heal the damage while relieving the pain without the need for invasive, risky surgical procedures or symptom masking medications.