I had three x-rays done at the Hospitalito Lago Atitlan showing cartilage degeneration inside the cup of my left joint. Cost 45 USD here in Guatemala.
The round head at the top of my femur is in great condition.
I have cartilage degeneration as the result of two accidents:
1. I fell from 11 feet while pole vaulting in high school onto my hip joint causing swelling and a scar.
2. Motorcycle accident that broke my left femur at age 23, and my leg is crooked and shorter.
This is a real X-ray of my left femur done in Lorma Hospital near Bwang on the Island of Luzon in the Philippines for about 10-15 USD. They was able to make a digital file that I could send to a USA doctor for review.
This is an actual MRI of Sciatica of my back done at the Lorma Hospital for 150 USD in the city of San Fernando, near Bwang in the Philippines.
Generally a person could come to Lago Atitlan and a man by the name of James Easter could walk you through the whole process for a fee.
Here is his profile on HoboTraveler.com, I hope to convince him to finish:
In practice since 1980, speaks Spanish and English, specialities sciatica, candida
systemic yeast infections, life extension arts
Trick, learn the words on English on Wikipedia, then click on the Spanish link in the left column, than print and take into the Doctor or Pharmacy.
James has recommended: glucosamine / chondroitin sulfate / methylsulfonylmethane and can be purchased cheap at Costco or Walmart, but I purchased on Amazon.com.
Alexa, an English speaking therapist here in Panajachel recommends the same in conjunction with exercises, plus a Magnesium Oxide supplement.
The advantage of Guatemala is there is 3-4 hour plane trip from the USA, while the Philippines is about 12-13 with the best of luck. Anyone with Sciatica or who is in great pain may find the trip onerous.
One-Way to Guatemal about 200-400
One-Way to Philippines is about 600-850 USD