Busing the Bay: Fighting Sciatic Pain

Four years ago I experienced my first sciatic nerve issue which lasted two weeks. Two years later, diagnostics and a medical in Calgary revealed I would eventually require a hip replacement. They offered cortisone shots; I declined, they only mask the pain. I went to two Chiropractors and they eventually provided relief.

Last year, after my second sciatic attack that year, I decided to listen to my wife, a solution she advises I should follow more often, and seek options other than yoga exercises and chiro.

Anyone in Vallarta requiring medical resources should check with Pam Thompson, who coordinates people with medical specialists. Pam writes a weekly column for the Tribune and you can find her contact info in this very paper.

I had appointments for hip X-Rays and an orthopedic surgeon within the week. Dr. Jose Manual Hernandez ruled out a hip replacement anytime soon. He scheduled an MRI and additional X-Rays. Within a week, I had the MRI and X-Rays and revisited the doctor. I had several herniated discs; causing sciatic pain. We all know how men feel about pain!

Here is where things get interesting.

Dr Hernandez performs a minimally invasive stem cell treatment and ozone therapy procedure in a local hospital under a mild anesthetic, as well as office visits for additional ozone injections. The treatment works in two ways.

First, ozone is injected to provide anti-inflammatory agents and to provide ambience for the nerve, as well as extra oxygen to decrease the herniated discs, relieving the pressure on the sciatic nerve. Secondly, your stem cells are injected into the discs, and work as an anti-inflammatory, while providing the native cells with a boost to rehydrate and restore them.

I received daily ozone injections in the doctor’s office for two weeks (excluding Sunday) after the surgery, then weekly and biweekly injections and finally a monthly visit.

The procedure is successful in 80% of patients, unfortunately, there are no advance tests to indicate success but there are boosters available to assist in recovery.

For myself, the pain is currently gone and I was playing Pickleball three weeks after the procedure. Anyone looking for a game of singles, I have access to a court.

If the pain does not return, the treatment was a success. I will wait and see.  For me, an 80% chance to banish sciatic pain are worthy odds. It was a decision to keep the kid’s inheritance intact or bid the pain adios. We all know how men feel about pain!

The procedure is not free, and pricing is based on how many discs’ require restoration. The cost is generally 20,000 pesos per disc.

Ozone and stem cells work for arthritic knees, back, hips, and shoulders, the rate of success depends on the degree of arthritis.

Dr. Manuel Hernandez has performed this procedure for three years, training in Cuba for ozone therapy, and stem cell training in Mexico, Dominican Republic and the USA. As well as the current president of PV Orthopedics Association, he is a member of national and international medical associations.

Unfortunately, the procedure was unable to improve my moves on the dance floor, so beware, it does not perform miracles!

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Bruce Howells
Bruce es un canadiense jubilado, que junto con su esposa Velma, tomó una "mulligan" en la vida y escapó del frío de Canadá y se instaló en Vallartazona. Cumpliendo un retirosueño de no conducir más, Bruce utilizará transportatio públicon para recorrer la bahía y contar sus historias aquí. Consejos e itinerarios bienvenidos. Correo electrónico: busbanderasbay