When you’ve been dealing with chronic pain in your back, neck, shoulders, hips or knees and over-the-counter pain relievers don’t do the trick, your body may be telling you that a more prominent problem exists that requires the diagnosis of a medical professional.
No one should have to live with chronic or acute pain. Whether as a result of a sports injury or as a result of daily life activity, chronic and acute pain has many causes from disc ruptures in the spine to minor ligament tears in your shoulder or knees. While surgery might be top-of-mind, new advancements in spine and sports medicine have uncovered many minimally invasive techniques to relieve patients of chronic pain without the costly and physically demanding requirements of surgery.
One form of minimally invasive therapy that has quickly gained popularity in the medical community is prolotherapy, an injection procedure that stimulates the body’s natural healing mechanisms to repair chronically damaged connective tissues such as ligaments and tendons.
Prolotherapy has been in practice as early as 1950 when Dr. George S. Hackett began performing injections of irritant solutions in an effort to repair joints and hernias, and has historically been used to treat professional athletes. By injecting an irritant such as dextrose, a form of sugar that the body uses for energy, into the affected area, an inflammatory response is produced that triggers the body’s natural repair process to strengthen the existing tissue and enhance the growth of new tissue in the area.
An out-patient procedure that generally takes no more than 30 minutes to an hour to perform, prolotherapy has been proven to create a noticeable reduction in pain and increased range of motion within the span of a few weeks. Because it uses natural substances, the side effects and risks associated are extremely low.
If chronic or acute pain has plagued your daily life, call me to find out if prolotherapy or other minimally invasive methods can alleviate your pain to get you back to enjoying life. Call me today at (713) 590-2700 or visit our website at www.TheSpineAndSportsCenter.com for more information.