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Prolo therapy

Posted: Thu May 27, 2010 2:04 pm
by Jbbutler
I continue to read about this on this webite but really don't know what it is. Can somebody explain? Does it work for SI joint and sacral pain?

Posted: Tue Jun 01, 2010 5:42 am
by TBone
Prolotherapy is a term that means proliferation therapy. It is basically the opposite of what most doctors prescribe for pain. Most doctors will prescribe anti-inflammatory drugs to mask your pain. Prolotherapy is actually a series of shots (usually 20 to 50) that are injected where ligament meets bone. The solution is usually sugar water! The idea is to create an inflammatory response to get your body to heal the area.

The belief is that some pain is caused by weak ligaments that can't support the bigger structures of your body anymore...your pelvis for example. Prolo is supposed to strengthen the ligaments over time.

If your pain is from weak ligaments in the SI joint and sacral area, then prolotherapy would likely be a good route to go. I got prolo in 2002 in that area and it really helped me. It is not a "catch all" or panacea however. You have to help the area along if you do decide to get prolotherapy. You should do some strengthening and mild stretching (never stretch to the point of pain) along with the prolo if you want to get better.

You will also need to manage your expectations before and while doing the treatments. The treatments are usually given at 6 week intervals to allow for the tissues to repair...the literature says that you need 4 to 6 treatments in general, but sometimes it takes more than that. So, you are looking at a good chunk of time if you do the math.

Also, you will want to find a good prolotherapist...there are some very good ones and some very poor ones. Some guidelines on how to find a good one can be found at a site called "Caring Medical". There is a ton of literature on the subject on that site. Dr. Hauser is probably the best, as he trained under the father of prolotherapy. The problem is that you'll have to travel and the treatment is usually not covered by insurance companies...the price for lower back area is usually around $500, but it does vary. Just make sure that you ask for a price rundown before you commit.

You can also find prolotherapists on a site called "Get Prolo"...but again, be aware that there are some good ones and not so good ones. I can tell you that Ross Hauser (Chicago) and Tim Speciale (Buffalo, New York) are both very good...I have been treated by both. I have also heard great things about Mark Wheaton in Minnesota.

I hope that helps. I for one am a believer as I was healed in 2002, however, everyone's situation is different. It took 13 months for me, but my injury was nasty. Also, I reinjured my low back in 2007 and I am just now getting back to activity. In my case, I was too stubborn to "lay off" the sports. I tried to play through pain in 2001 and in 2007 and both times I got burned.

Good luck

Posted: Tue Jun 01, 2010 12:40 pm
by Jbbutler
Wow, thank you so much for the thorough response. I'm glad to hear it worked for you. I too, am not so great at the resting aspect. I did check out the websites you mentioned and will certainly consider prolo. I hope you have a very speedy recovery and back being as active as you'd like.
Thanks again.

Posted: Tue Jun 22, 2010 9:36 am
by Jbbutler
Do the RYB exercises help at all with SI joint dysfunction/pain?

Posted: Fri Jul 02, 2010 1:44 pm
by Jbbutler
Can anyone recommend a good Prolotherapist in the Baltimore/DC area?

yes it will

Posted: Fri Aug 13, 2010 12:18 pm
by yannick35
Jbbutler wrote:Wow, thank you so much for the thorough response. I'm glad to hear it worked for you. I too, am not so great at the resting aspect. I did check out the websites you mentioned and will certainly consider prolo. I hope you have a very speedy recovery and back being as active as you'd like.
Thanks again.
But you will still need prolotherapy, i have been treated for 2 years now with prolo and my life is so much better.

My sport doctor went to Italy recently and brought back tones of new info, cut out the xylocaine, get more dextrose and the inflammation will be out of this world, adding another product called Guna to heal everything up.

Prolo will definitly help you out with your SI joint issue, it did wonders for mine.

Looking for an excellent prolotherapist

Posted: Sat Nov 12, 2011 10:44 pm
by CPback
TBone wrote: You can also find prolotherapists on a site called "Get Prolo"...but again, be aware that there are some good ones and not so good ones. I can tell you that Ross Hauser (Chicago) and Tim Speciale (Buffalo, New York) are both very good...I have been treated by both. I have also heard great things about Mark Wheaton in Minnesota.
Hello, I'm looking for a good prolotherapist on the east coast or ontario. I've found Tim Speciale in Buffalo, and I am looking to discuss with someone about there experience with him (or other excellent prolotherapist). But, it will require extensive travelling and $$$, so I'd like to get more info before I go through with it.

Thanks!

Posted: Thu Jan 05, 2012 9:16 am
by swifty2shoes
I was going to get prolotherapy, but I would recommend going for an MRI scan if you can first... I was told I had a slack SI ligament after having an anteriorly tilted pelvis for a long time by an osteopath. I had booked for prolo treatment and then had an MRI scan which showed I have a prolapsed disc. The prolotherapist I was going to go to said he didnt need the scan as you cant see ligament damage on the scans. I would have wasted a lot of money if i hadnt had the scan. Sometimes symptoms from different things overlap and can confuse professionals. When there are images there in black and white, a proper plan can be made. Get a professional opinion and definitely try an MRI scan first.

Hope you get yourself sorted, best wishes.