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Intradiscal Nucleolysis Treatment

What is Intradiscal Nucleolysis Treatment?

Intradiscal Nucleolysis treatment is a procedure in which chondrolytic substances such as ozone gas (or other substances) is injected into the center of a herniated disc called the nucleus pulposus in order to shrink the herniated disc and reduce the mechanical pressure on the spinal nerve causing a patient’s sciatic nerve pain. Intradiscal ozone is highly successful in helping patients with a large-herniated discs avoid surgery according to the scientific literature.

Keep in mind intradiscal nucleolysis is not a restorative disc healing treatment, but it is intended to shrink and reduce the size of the herniated disc compressing the spinal nerve root causing the patient’s sciatic leg pain. It is a non-surgical, injection-based treatment used to treat sciatic leg pain. This treatment is an excellent choice for any athlete or anyone that would like to restore their mobility and get pain relief from their herniated disc-related sciatic leg pain.

Intradiscal Nucelolysis treatment also provides many benefits for patients, including:

  • Reduced sciatic leg pain
  • Improved flexibility
  • Decreased inflammation
  • Reduced arthritis symptoms
  • Improved mobility
  • Shrink the size of the herniated disc

How Intradiscal Nucleolysis Treatment Treats Disc Herniations

Intradiscal Nucleolysis injections can be directly injected into the nucleus pulposus of the herniated spinal disc. This treatment may provide long term relief of a patient’s sciatic leg pain without the need for pain killers or surgery.

IIntradiscal Nucleolysis treatments usually involves a patient receiving one intradiscal ozone injection into the center of the disc where the disc herniation is causing the patient’s sciatic leg pain. For most patients this treatment takes 15 minutes to perform using fluoroscopic X-Ray to guide the needle precisely into the target disc using a small gauge needle to minimize the injection site pain.

Once the disc herniation size has been reduced and the mechanical pressure on the nerve has been relieved the patient will usually report less or no more sciatic leg pain. If the patient still suffers from the annular tear related back pain that lead to the disc herniation, the patient will be brought back to the procedure room within 4 to 6 weeks for Dr. Shiple to perform the SpineRenu procedure to treat the underlying annular tear. For most patients this helps the patient’s chronic back pain and may give the patient a sturdy disc they can rely on long term.

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If you have any other questions about Intradiscal Nucleolysis Treatment that haven’t been answered here, please reach out to us.

Whether you’re an elite athlete or just trying to get back to your active lifestyle, we want to provide you with the non-surgical orthopedic medicine that will get you back in the game.

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  • The Center for Sports Medicine
    Wilmington Pike, Suite 2000, Glen Mills, PA 19342 1788
  • 610-459-4200

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