Back pain is considered one of the most common diseases around the world. So much that the WHO's statistics show that more than 85% of people suffer from back pain at least once in their life. Fortunately, in most cases, back pain is self-limited or can be treated with over-the-counter painkillers and postural modifications. However, some people experience chronic back pain and need other treatments to relieve the pain.
Over the years, specialists in this area have been looking for new non-invasive treatments to treat chronic back pain and avoid recurrences. Among the most innovative, common and successful treatments for chronic back pain, prolotherapy is one of the best.
It a new treatment for the connective tissue and musculoskeletal system injuries by using some injections that help to promote the soft tissues healing (including ligaments, foot pain ie bunion surgery, tendons, muscles, fascia and joint capsule). This procedure is also called proliferative injection therapy, sclerotherapy, sclerosant therapy, regenerative injection therapy and nonsurgical ligament reconstruction.
Prolotherapy is highly recommended for those patients whose musculoskeletal injuries have not healed by either resting or other nonsurgical therapies. For example, prolotherapy shoulder is highly recommended for people who have suffered a rotator cuff injury, small tears of the shoulder ligaments or weakened tissues.
The prolotherapy injections are made of natural irritant agents like Dextrose, Glucose and Sodium morrhuate (a derivate of cod liver oil) combined with some local anesthetics like lidocaine or procaine. So, the prolotherapy injections work by causing a controlled inflammatory response at the injection site which leads to the formation of new blood vessels and other natural healing processes. After that, the injured soft tissues get strengthened and the pain reduces.
Prolotherapy injections work when they are used in a range between 3 and 30 according to the degree of damage and the patient's general health condition. For example, prolotherapy shoulder to treat moderate damages of the rotator cuff include between 4 and 10 injections that must be applied within 2 and 3 weeks of interval.
However, it is important to know that only a qualified doctor can determine if the patient can benefit from prolotherapy injections and the best plan of treatment for each patient according to his/her particular needs.
The cost of prolotherapy will vary according to the urgency with which the treatment must be performed, the degree of pain the patient has, the need for additional treatments (like physical therapies), if the patient needs to undergo sedation or general anesthesia during the procedure, the patient’s age and general health condition, among others.