Treatment of Post-Fracture Pain
Fractures, or broken bones, are the common result of falls, motor vehicles accidents, direct blows and recurrent forces. They are particular frequent among athletes who participate in high-velocity sports such as football, rugby and soccer. While casting and immobilization help the bones heal, injured tendons and ligaments may not have healed at the same time, resulting in pain.
How does post-fracture pain develop?
When a bone sustains enough force to be fractured, it is quite likely that ligaments and tendons are damaged as well. And while bones generally heal quite well on their own with the help of a cast, ligaments and tendons usually do not heal completely. In addition, post-fracture pain may be due to the fact that the outside of the bone, or the periosteum, hasn’t completely healed, something that would not show up on an X-ray. The inside of a bone does not contain nerve endings and therefore cannot feel pain, the outside of the bone does.
Modern Medicine’s Response to Post-Fracture Pain
Cortisone and anti-inflammatories
A common practice of modern medicine is to inject steroids into the painful area or to prescribe anti-inflammatory medications. However, in the long run, these treatments do more damage than good. Although cortisone shots and anti-inflammatory drugs have been shown to produce short-term pain benefit, but both result in long-term loss of function and even more chronic pain by actually inhibiting the healing process of soft tissues and accelerating cartilage degeneration. Plus, long-term use of these drugs can lead to other sources of chronic pain, allergies and leaky gut syndrome.
Prolotherapy for post fracture pain
A better approach is to stimulate ligament and tendon strengthening and repair with Prolotherapy once the cast has been removed. This will help ensure the complete healing of the injury so there are no long-term sequelae such as arthritis. If post-fracture pain is due to the outside of the bone not having completely healed, Prolotherapy can be used to strengthen the fibro-osseous junction near the source of the pain, which will cause the nerve endings in the periosteum to stop firing. Prolotherapy will also speed up the recovery process, and has even been known to make the injured side stronger than the uninjured one, a benefit highly valued by many athletes, who are always eager to return to their activities as soon as possible. Each Caring Medical patient receives a thorough examination to determine the root cause of pain and the correct course of treatment. Our Prolotherapy practitioners are passionate about healing people of their pain and allowing them to return to a normal life.
Chronic pain is most commonly due to tendon and ligament weakness, as is the case for post-fracture pain, or cartilage deterioration. The safest and most effective natural medicine treatment for repairing tendon, ligament and cartilage damage is Prolotherapy. In simple terms, Prolotherapy stimulates the body to repair painful areas. It does so by inducing a mild inflammatory reaction in the weakened ligaments and cartilage. Since the body heals by inflammation, Prolotherapy stimulates healing.
Prolotherapy offers the most curative results in treating chronic pain. It effectively eliminates pain because it attacks the source: the fibro-osseous junction, an area rich in sensory nerves. What’s more, the tissue strengthening and pain relief stimulated by Prolotherapy is permanent!