Fig. 1: The generated disc has a reduced volume. The height of the disc space is reduced. This causes increasing strain on the vertebral body and the facet joints (vertebral joints), resulting in pain. Injecting the hydrophylic Hydrogel draws fluid back into the disc. The volume, thus the height of the disc space, increases. Disc function increases again. © www.arthrovision.de
Back pain can have a number of different causes.
One common cause is degeneration of the disc. Wear or loss of disc tissue is a normal part of ageing. The loss of fluid, loss of protein structure over the course of life cause the disc to change. It becomes less and less elastic, fragile and its height decreases.
Increasing the disc volume with Hydrogel
Using the Hydrogel injection method we’d like to illustrate how we can counteract the loss in height in the degenerated disc: By injecting the highly expansive polymer substance Hydrogel considerably increases water retention in the viscid core of the disc. The highly water-binding, expansive Hydrogel increases the disc diameter in the long term again. This effect lasts for years.