Are You An Ideal Candidate For Prolotherapy?
Prolotherapy stimulates the body to repair the painful area. For the patient who has localized areas of pain or the person who has had a recent injury from an accident, Prolotherapy is a very effective treatment to strengthen those specific areas and eliminate the pain. Realize, however, that Prolotherapy starts the growth of new healthy, strong tissue. Your body--your own immune system--grows the tissue. For the person who has terrible digestion, chronic fatigue, irritable bowel; and a host of other chronic nutritional, hormonal, allergic problems, these deficiencies and illnesses should be corrected so the body will be able to respond to Prolotherapy.
The ideal Prolotherapy candidate has the following:
- Pain originating from a ligament or tendon
- Strong immune system
- Willingness to improve and receive follow-up visits
- Healthy diet
- Positive mental outlook
For Arthritis and Fibromyalgia
Most people who suffer from arthritis and Fibromyalgia will have a portion of their pain or even all of their pain be due to ligament and tendon injury. Most muscle spasms occur because the underlying ligaments are weakened and the muscles spasm to stabilize the joints, as occurs in Fibromyalgia. The same can be said for arthritis except the body is stabilizing the joints in this condition by overgrowing bone. This overgrowth of bone is called arthritis.
Prolotherapy allows the stabilizing of joints by causing a strengthening of ligaments, thereby eliminating the muscle spasms of Fibromyalgia and the need for the body to overgrow bones occurs in arthritis.
When Prolotherapy Does Not Work
At Caring Medical, Dr. Hauser treats the whole person and tries to address everything that is going on in their lives. We often see patients who come to see Dr. Hauser for a “second opinion” because they feel that they are not getting the results that they hoped for with their current Prolotherapy regime. We find that the most common reasons why a person may not attain 100 percent improvement with Prolotherapy are the following:
- Inadequate (depressed) immune system
- Nutritional deficiencies
- Hormonal deficiencies
- Other factors causing the pain that are not being addressed
- Correct area being treated but repair not yet complete
- Wrong area being treated
This last fact is often overlooked. A good example of this relates to patients with lower back pain. All that is typically needed for curing back pain is for the patients to receive Prolotherapy to the lower back at the sacroiliac joints. In a small percentage of the people, the sacroiliac joint remains weakened because the pelvic joint in the front (pubic symphysis) also needs to be treated. The sacroiliac ligaments, in this instance, will only maintain the strength that is attained with Prolotherapy if the pubic symphysis is also treated. It takes an experienced Prolotherapy doctor to know these types of situations and treat them appropriately.