When you struggle with chronic back pain, the impact it has on your overall well-being can be quite serious. From missing work to decreasing your overall mobility, back pain can impact almost every aspect of your life. Least invasive treatments like prolotherapy may provide significant pain relief and help you to live a fuller, happier life. However, it’s important to speak with a spine specialist at the Spine Institute of North America so you can know what to expect and to find out if you are a candidate for this therapeutic technique.
What is Prolotherapy?
Prolotherapy is a type of regenerative medicine procedure which involves injecting a natural irritant into the soft tissue of the injured or affected area of your back. The irritant is used to kick-start your body’s immune response and promote natural healing.
Because prolotherapy is not a surgical procedure, the treatment improves painful back symptoms quickly and doesn’t require hospitalization or a lengthy recovery.
How Prolotherapy Works?
Prolotherapy is a treatment that involves repeated injections containing a potential irritant, usually a sugar solution. The irritant solution is injected into your affected joint’s interior, such as the supporting tendon or ligament. The irritant is thought to activate your body’s healing response so that it will begin to naturally repair and strengthen the damage or injury to your back. Over time, prolotherapy injections can lead to more stable joints. Once the affected joint has better support, the pain may fade.
If your doctor recommends prolotherapy, the treatment usually requires several shots to the injured or weakened area of your back to be effective. Precision is key when it comes to placing the injection in the correct area to ensure successful treatment, which is why it’s essential to see a doctor who has extensive experience with this treatment option.
You can expect anywhere from four to 15 shots per session. Most patients usually have several sessions over the course of three to six months.
What do we do?
Providing a thorough diagnosis to know the cause of your pain
Using the least invasive procedure that will relieve your pain quickly
Providing effective follow-up to ensure fast recovery
Ensuring that you remain fit so that you can enjoy long-term relief from pain
Doctors mainly use prolotherapy to treat injuries to the joints or ligaments. While it is usually used as a treatment for back pain, doctors can also use prolotherapy on other areas of the body, like the neck, hips, knees and shoulders.
If you struggle with a chronic condition such as arthritis, osteoarthritis, sacroiliac joint instability/dysfunction or degenerative disc disease, prolotherapy can be used to help ease your pain. However, it is not a cure.
Are You a Good Candidate for Prolotherapy?
Some back pain cannot be treated with prolotherapy. So, it’s important to be evaluated by a trained physician with experience in this therapeutic option so that you can receive an accurate assessment and treatment plan. It may be that prolotherapy could be a safe, least-invasive treatment option for your back and joint pain.
To find out if you are a good candidate for prolotherapy, we invite you to fill out or pain evaluation form. You can also schedule your appointment to meet with one of our skilled physicians at the Spine Institute of North America.