Prolotherapy for Scoliosis
An estimated 500,000 adults in the United States have scoliosis, an abnormal lateral curvature of the spine of 11 degrees or more. About 4 percent of all children between the ages of 10 and 14 have scoliosis. It is usually diagnosed during adolescence, with 60 to 80 percent of the cases occurring in girls.
How does scoliosis develop?
Ligament laxity is most likely at the root of scoliosis and its associated pain and discomfort. Sometimes it is the result of a birth defect. Scoliosis occasionally develops later in life. One fourth of such cases are caused by polio, cerebral palsy, juvenile osteoporosis or other diseases. No cause for the ligament laxity can be found in the other 75 percent of cases of late development of scoliosis.
Solving Scoliosis pain
Scoliosis, or a spine curved 11 degrees or more, is typically treated through observation, bracing and surgery, particularly in adolescents. Although bracing has been shown to decrease the progression of mild scoliosis, it does nothing to strengthen the weakened ligaments in the back and, thus, does not alleviate the chronic pain that people with this condition experience.
Another standard practice of modern medicine is to inject steroids or prescribe anti-inflammatory medications. However, in the long run, these treatments do more damage than good. 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.
Surgery is generally the option for severe scoliosis when bracing has failed to stop the progression of the condition. Unfortunately, surgery often makes the problem worse. Surgeons will use x-ray technology as a diagnostic tool, which does not always properly diagnose the pain source.
The regenerative medicine approach to Scoliosis pain
Since the chronic pain and spinal curvatures associated with scoliosis are due to ligament laxity, a better approach to treating scoliosis is to strengthen the weakened ligaments with Prolotherapy. If the scoliosis is progressing quickly, bracing also may be necessary. Prolotherapy is the safest and most effective natural medicine treatment for repairing tendon, ligament and cartilage damage. 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 byProlotherapy is permanent!