Where Opioids Fall Short, Prolotherapy Safely & Effectively Addresses Low Back Pain & SI Joint Pain
In the United States, 25% of adults reported having low back pain, while many have come to the conclusion that back pain is untreatable and unavoidable. Nearly 14% of patients who looked for care for their low back pain experience were prescribed opioids. There is a better way to help heal the body, through the use of regenerative injection therapies. Prolotherapy can address low back pain and sacroiliac (SI) joint pain issues at the source and have you back to your regular skiing, CrossFit, or biking days with only a few treatments.
Active adults who experience back pain regularly encounter reduced overall function and a diminishing overall health-related quality of life. Prolotherapy aids in a reduction of work disability by healing the ligaments and tendons that support the joints. As a result, patients can return to work sooner and have fewer episodes of back pain or increase the time between episodes without the adverse effects of opioid pain medication. Issues addressed include:
- Tendon injuries that can hamper pain-free movement
- SI joint pain that is often unaddressed by chiropractic treatments
- Joint degeneration
- SI joint problems that send pain down the legs
- Acute, subacute, or chronic low back pain
Prolotherapy for low back pain has a history of high patient satisfaction and longer-lasting benefits.
Prolotherapy introduces a treatment to areas of the body that have limited blood supply, and as a result, their limit means reduced access to factors that promote healing. The treatment stimulates the body to repair painful ligaments, muscles, joints, and tendons. The immune system responds with a healing reaction that causes strains and tears to recover. Ligament laxity can exacerbate disc degeneration, and the bones are missing the support needed. Getting rid of instability with a safe and non-surgical option is invaluable to millions.
Long-Lasting Back Pain Relief with Prolotherapy
In applying prolotherapy for 25 patients who reported sacroiliac joint (SI) injury, 76% of patients continued to show positive clinical outcomes at 24 months from the time of administering the treatment, which cannot be said for many other treatments. Unfortunately, a persistent issue with back pain sufferers is that the medication treatments they receive just numb the pain, but the problems return quickly and are lasting.
Since prolotherapy aims to treat the ligaments and tendons of the joints to promote healing, the results arefar longer lasting. Skiers, snowboarders, and runners all may find relief that allows a sense of normalcy again, and it lasts. The sciatica issues that athletes report often turn out to be sacroiliac injuries that would otherwise go untreated if not for a prolotherapy intervention.
Reducing Re-injury Means Restoring your Active Lifestyle
Athletes with unstable joints are often caught in the cycle of costly pain management that can even have adverse effects. Prolotherapy helps to stabilize joints and, in doing so, improves the coordinator and balance of active people. As a result, fewer accidents relating to limited mobility help reduce the overall likelihood of re-injury. In addition, joint instability caused by sacroiliac ligament injury is treatable through natural means. Consequently, patients have greater peace of mind with prolotherapy over synthetic approaches.
Degenerative Disc Disease and Prolotherapy
Degenerative disc disease can bring debilitating pain that reduces health-related quality of life. It has been described that 40% of people over age 40 have degenerative disc disease, and the number only climbs with age. This disease responds well to prolotherapy treatments, and the muscles of the lateral sacroiliac area do as well. The piriformis attaches in this region as well as the gluteus maximus muscles. Because the treatment can be done in-office and without a need for x-rays, it helps keep costs down for patients, especially considering the long-lasting relief prolotherapy often provides.
Athletes and workers being on their feet most of the day know how pain can diminish energy levels and move comfortably. Prolotherapy can treat this and other back pain that can plague active adults.
Cortisone can lead to progressive arthritic changes that no sufferer can afford to see exacerbated. While a quick fix might relieve the initial pain, the more meaningful approach will allow people to return to daily activities without fear of reinjuring themselves. Accelerating the degeneration of cartilage is not a concern with Prolotherapy. Pain has a purpose in the body, and masking it increases the potential that overuse will worsen the injury.
If you have any questions about Prolotherapy or if it is a good fit for you, please reach out to our team at Prolotherapy of Denver.