Dr. Kaliq Chang offers his recommendations on treatment choices for Sciatica.
To answer this question there are a few things you should understand first. What is a vertebral disc, how does it become herniated, and what type of symptoms would you feel if you suffered from a herniated disc in the lower back.
There are two major parts of a vertebral disc that should be considered when thinking about a herniated disc. The inner part of the disc, known as the nucleus, is a soft gel like material that is contained by the outer shell of the disc, known as the annulus.
A herniated disc develops when the outer shell of a vertebral disc weakens enough to cause a tear or weak point that allows the inner material of the disc to break or seep through it. When this occurs the material can cause a chemical reaction that leads to inflammation and pain in the surrounding area. The material may as well come into contact with nerves roots exiting the spinal canal and cause pain and other symptoms in the buttocks, legs, and feet.
Endoscopic spine procedures can be used to correct many of the conditions that cause chronic back pain or to repair failed previous surgeries.- Kaixuan Liu, MD, PhD President, Atlantic Spine Center Read More about Dr.Liu