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Prolotherapy - for those who are curious

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5 years 1 month ago #13092 by Oxytotem
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Anyone had prolothearpy?its meant to be a combination of some alternative styles of treatment,which includes dextrose injections in order to get the affected tissues to start producing new growth..

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5 years 1 month ago #13095 by grappers
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Oxy there have been a few posts on this treatment, medically the tribunal is still sitting on the effectiveness of this type of treatment, multiple injections into the one site to promote a reaction so the body heals itself, do your research and ask as many questions, like with all treatments before jumping in. But at the end of the day it's your choice and your body.

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5 years 1 month ago #13097 by Oxytotem
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I'm willing to consider anything that may helps but if its going to cost hundreds of dollars for a sugar injection I'd rather just go to the chemist and Kmart and get the syringe and dextrose myself haha.that was a joke btw.nah the risk of nerve damage and whatnot is too much I thnk,but will have a listen to what this other doc has to say...I've done a bit of research about it and my doc even said that a pain specialist wouldn't use this form of therapy...

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5 years 1 month ago #13144 by Brook
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Hi there!
I'm off to start prolotherapy myself next week for Sacroiliac joint pain & dysfuntion.
It was suggested by the doctor at the spine clinic I go to, and I figured why not?!
I haven't really looked all that much in to it, I don't have high hopes but I'm getting a little tired of getting confused looks because I'm not responding to "traditional" treatments. I don't want to take tablets for the rest of my life and I need to try new things now before I lose the condition I have left! I'm going to take a punt on it.
Haven't heard anything about nerve damage, so going to do a little googling. The info I've had to date is that it'll either help or do nothing. As for the expense, I'm lucky enough to have private health cover and the clinic is registered as a preferred provider so it maximises my rebates.
My biggest concern is how to make sure I'm going to get the best chance of getting some good healing happening. I've made a bit of a promise to myself to make the healthiest decisions I can while I'm having the therapy - pleanty of good food, sleep, regular exercise etc. I figure no good forcing my body to heal up but not supporting it.
I'll let u know how I go!
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5 years 1 week ago #13926 by Brook
Brook replied the topic: Prolotherapy - for those who are curious
As promised, better late then never!
Here's the background- the procedure was bilateral sacro-iliac joint prolotherapy, on the day because I was tender in the joints in the front as well, I also elected to have injections in my pubic symphasis joint as well. In laymans terms, the injections were in both joints in the back of my hips and in my pubic bone at the front.
I have 2 more rounds of injections to go, the literature I have indicated it takes 6-8 weeks to fully resolve.
For anyone that doesn't know, the theory behind Prolotherapy is that the dodgy tissues (ligaments etc.) are injected with a glucose solution that irritates the tissues into going through the inflammation process & repairing themselves.
It was done 10 days ago, and I have certainly noticed a real difference. It took a week for the stiffness in the joints to settle to some degree and I'm still lame and sore on waking, however I've noticed and the nature of my pain has changed so much. I'm pretty confident now that the pain I'm expereinceing is from the procedure alone, not caused by the sacroilitis. I can sneeze and cough without flinching from stabbing pain in my back - that's been a constant for over a year now, and I still find myself bracing unneccessarily if I think I'm going to sneeze! lol. I still have referred pain in my legs but it isn't as bad as normal and I have a better range of movement in my hips without pain.
The proceedure is done under light anaestetic (I was awake for the cortisone injections a while ago and that hurt enough, so I was happy to snooze through this lot) with x-ray guidance to locate the sites for the injections. It took around 20mins plus time in recovery.
Pain maagement after was left to me, you take your normal medication (I think If I didn't have that coverred already the doc would have sorted it out) minus any anti-inflammatories because they interrupt the inflammation process. I took a couple of Endone the first night. Unfortunately It made me really sick so I only took a half dose the next night and haven't had any since. I'm able to move around during the day which helps keep the pain levels down so I only really need panadol, and I have even had a couple of days where I've not taken panadol- I was in pain those days but only about a 2 or 3.
Now, here's the downside - no-one knows if this will last, and if I will be pain free at the end of the healing time.
The jury is out on how effective this treatment is. Dr Wiki tells me that there isn't enough evidence to confirm it as an effective therapy, but I noted in the evidence based study that it was more succcessful in conjunction with rehab, I've started clinical pilates at the same time so I hope I have the best chance. I do go to an evidence based clinic, I'm sure if I asked they'd be able to give me some stats, but I'm not overly concerned about that because I've tried all the traditional treatments without sucess so if it doesn't work, I haven't got anything to lose.
Anywhooo, I'm sure I missed heaps in this post so If you have any questions, ask away.
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5 years 1 week ago #13980 by Oxytotem
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I am booked in to see the prolotherapy doctor on Wednesday and am going to try to go in with an open mind.i look forward to hearing how you go over the coming weeks Brook.when I have heard what has been said I shall report back with the results and let everyone know whether I decide to go with it or not.im quite worried about the initial inflammation though as I'm still working...

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