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Prolotherapy
« on: 14/02/2004 22:40:46 »
Does anyone have any information or experience with prolotherapy?


 

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Re: Prolotherapy
« Reply #1 on: 18/02/2004 00:16:34 »
I think the theory on prolotherapy is similar to that of the ossitron, that the podiatrists as work use.  The local irritation is supposed to stimulate circulation, growth, and healing.  The podiatrists tell me they get good results with the ossitron.
 

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Re: Prolotherapy
« Reply #2 on: 01/03/2004 00:07:45 »
Hi Bezoar,

I'm wondering if you could elucidate on what an Ossitron is and what it is used for?  Thanks in advance,

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Re: Prolotherapy
« Reply #3 on: 06/03/2004 20:46:10 »
Welcome White Eagle!

Is the ossitron an instrument used to increase bone?
 

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Re: Prolotherapy
« Reply #4 on: 07/03/2004 16:16:33 »
Oops, forgot to answer.  You may know the ossitron as ESWT or extracorporeal shock wave therapy.  It was discovered while they were developing the lithotriptor for kidney stones.  It's a pulse of ultrasound waves, much stronger than a run of the mill ultrasound treatment.  I was told it creates an irritation if not minor injury to the tissues which promotes the development of new blood vessels, which promotes healing.  The tissue is supposed to heal stronger than before.  Now why this works on heel spurs, I don't know, because it all sounds like soft tissue healing to me, but that's why the docs used it.  Actually, it's cheaper in Canada than here, and a lot of people go to Canada to get it done if their insurance doesn't pay for it.
 

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Re: Prolotherapy
« Reply #5 on: 02/04/2004 19:30:55 »
I had ossitron therapy on my strained arch once.  It really seemed to help.  Unfortunately, then I had o go back to colleger (this was over christmas break) and no one in that city had ever heard of it, and its kind of something you need to do several treatments of.

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Re: Prolotherapy
« Reply #6 on: 04/04/2004 14:34:54 »
Ah Mayo, you have to come to New Orleans.  Our podiatrists here have heard of it.
 

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Re: Prolotherapy
« Reply #7 on: 09/04/2004 22:54:49 »
quote:
Originally posted by Donnah

Does anyone have any information or experience with prolotherapy?



Hi there. I got a prolotherapy treatment about 8 weeks ago. I am due for a second treatment, but it is $100/per so i'm putting it off (really shouldn't). I sprained my ankle in December skydiving, and I continued to skydive even though I knew I needed to let it rest. Additionally, I took anti-inflammatory drugs, which are really counter-productive in a case such as this. After experiencing pain pretty regularly, I finally went to the Orthopedic doctor and got this done. It worked great! I was very very happy with the treatment, and continued jumping every weekend and not experiencing pain. Presently, I still have stiffness in the mornings and I think that another treatment would do me well. But, I absolutely know that the first treatment helped tremendously!

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Re: Prolotherapy
« Reply #8 on: 09/04/2004 23:21:33 »
Thanks Angela.  Please let us know how the second treatment works for you.
 

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Re: Prolotherapy
« Reply #9 on: 10/04/2004 05:42:52 »
I was under the impression that anti-inflamitories actually helped muscle/joint injuries heal faster.  The problem was just that their pain killing properties caused people to use the injured body part before it was ready to.  Is this what you were referring to or am I wrong?

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Re: Prolotherapy
« Reply #10 on: 13/04/2004 04:21:18 »
I wonder if this could help me. I have very weak ankles from busting them up so many times and find I tend to get pain for no particular reason. I have exercises to help keep their strength up but if I get slack or forget to do them for a while I tend to injure them again even when wearing my super dooper braces. God bless ultimate frisbee!

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Re: Prolotherapy
« Reply #11 on: 13/04/2004 06:55:12 »
I'm not sure how well it would work for preventing injuries, but I think that it really speeds you inrecovering form them.

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Re: Prolotherapy
« Reply #12 on: 14/04/2004 00:17:17 »
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Originally posted by MayoFlyFarmer

I'm not sure how well it would work for preventing injuries, but I think that it really speeds you inrecovering form them.

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My understanding is that it promotes the growth/expansion/strength? of existing tendons & ligaments. By 'irritating' the area with what I believe is a saline solution(?), effectively you are promoting blood flow to an area that doesn't see much of it. Possibly, the nutrients and properties of the blood that goes through the area cause growth/expansion of existing tissue?

I was told NOT to use anti-inflammatories. It made sense once I thought about it. Your body naturally sends blood/fluids to the area of injury. There must be a reason for this. Probably helps promote healing/regrowth/binding of torn/stretched ligaments and tendons.

Seemed to me that the whole point of the procedure was to promote bloodflow, what the body's natural reation to injury is, initially. I, too, have considered having this done in my knees to prevent injury, but I have have some hesitation about this. What if the tissue created is LESS flexible than the existing tissue, thereby easier/more prone to tear? It is said that the tissue/tendons are supposed to be just like they were, not "scar" tissue... but, i'm not fully convinced that this is the case. Where is the data?

I hope I don't come off as too uninformed. These are my thoughts based on the (small amount of) information I currently have. I am certainly not telling anyone that what I have said here is truth. Please do your own research and consult an Orthapedist.

Donnah, I will absolutely let you know if/when I get my next shot how it goes. It would be after my trip to California in the beginning of May.

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Re: Prolotherapy
« Reply #13 on: 14/04/2004 00:23:16 »
Additionally, I was told to take MSM and Glucosamine/condroitin as supplements. I have kept up with the MSM. I am doing well, but I cannot say exactly what I attribute the extended relief to. I do know that healing was going nowhere before prolotherapy, though, and I had already been taking glucosamine at that point. I think that I could have healed without this therapy if I had done things right from the start. I should probably have :

a) not taken anti-inflammatory drugs to try to stop the fluids that my body was producing. We need to trust our bodies more.

b) taken some time off from the sport, and gone easy on it for at least a few weeks or a month. Not being completely lazy, though. We mustn't allow our tendons/ligaments to remain week, some physical therapy at home would have been good, imo.  

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Re: Prolotherapy
« Reply #14 on: 14/04/2004 04:22:00 »
I've often thought we need to trust our bodies more with certain things. However, if an injured area is becoming inflamed/swollen from blood filling the tissue due to broken blood vessels this isn't such a good thing and the reason why you are supposed to ice and elevate etc because you don't want it hanging around there. Well this is the kind of thing I've been led to believe anyway.

Having said that I do think anti-inflammatories can be dangerous if the person is as foolish as one of my friends who will soon be having a shoulder reconstruction as a result.

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Re: Prolotherapy
« Reply #15 on: 14/04/2004 05:52:32 »
Angela... i think we may be thinkning of different therapys.  The one I have in mind required no injection of saline into the area being stimulated.  I have no idea what the treatment i recieved was called... I was just going off of bezor's description above.
As for the anti-inflamitory issue I have learned more along the lines of what oldman just said in that inflamation comes from the damage caused to an area, and is not a defense mechanism to help cure it (hence why icing and elavating and area to stop blood flow is good).  So anti-inflamatories (by this logic) promote healing, not hamper it.  (but I for one am mor apt to go for the ice)

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Re: Prolotherapy
« Reply #16 on: 14/04/2004 21:51:48 »
Well, like I said, i'm no doctor and I certainly cannot say for sure what is good or bad. I do know that I was advised NOT to take AID's after I rec'd the prolotherapy injections, though. And, the only way that made sense to me was to assume that the reasoning behind it was to not hinder blood flow to the area. The injections basically make the area swell. So, someone must think it's a good idea or they wouldn't be doing it. :p

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Re: Prolotherapy
« Reply #17 on: 15/04/2004 01:39:38 »
Makes sense to me that if you want to increase blood supply to an area for healing then AIDs are a bad idea, but if you need to reduce swelling/pressure they could be beneficial.
 

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Re: Prolotherapy
« Reply #18 on: 15/04/2004 04:53:26 »
Yeah, the more I think about it, if you have an injury that is supposed to take a long time to heal you are only supposed to take anti-inlamitories for a few day (same with icing) then you are supposed to switch to heat.  Unless its an injury that you keep reagravating then you stick with the ice and anti-I's.... this makes sense my the logic brought up by all in this thread.

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Re: Prolotherapy
« Reply #19 on: 16/04/2004 03:03:12 »
My understanding of anti-inflammatories is that they supress the production of certain hormones, which slow the inflammatory response.  That is what they are supposed to do, but they also suppress the production of other similar hormones that the body needs to help in healing and other processes.  So, they are a tradeoff at best.  They are really good in the short term, but over longer time frames can lead to other problems.  But, I don't know the specifics.

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« Reply #20 on: 17/04/2004 09:20:00 »
Oh dear now I'm getting curious.... this is going to mean dragging out the old organic chemistry books.... do you know how long its been???  you people are truely EVIL!

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« Reply #21 on: 17/04/2004 14:37:50 »
The inflammatory response is necessary for wound healing.  That's why people on steroids take longer to heal -- the inflammatory response is suppressed.  But there can be too much of a good thing.  Since the prolotherapy is supposed to create and inflammatory response, it makes sense to me that you wouldn't follow with a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory.  The response will help bring more circulation to the area.
 

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Re: Prolotherapy
« Reply #22 on: 02/04/2004 19:30:55 »
I had ossitron therapy on my strained arch once.  It really seemed to help.  Unfortunately, then I had o go back to colleger (this was over christmas break) and no one in that city had ever heard of it, and its kind of something you need to do several treatments of.

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« Reply #23 on: 04/04/2004 14:34:54 »
Ah Mayo, you have to come to New Orleans.  Our podiatrists here have heard of it.
 

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Re: Prolotherapy
« Reply #24 on: 09/04/2004 22:54:49 »
quote:
Originally posted by Donnah

Does anyone have any information or experience with prolotherapy?



Hi there. I got a prolotherapy treatment about 8 weeks ago. I am due for a second treatment, but it is $100/per so i'm putting it off (really shouldn't). I sprained my ankle in December skydiving, and I continued to skydive even though I knew I needed to let it rest. Additionally, I took anti-inflammatory drugs, which are really counter-productive in a case such as this. After experiencing pain pretty regularly, I finally went to the Orthopedic doctor and got this done. It worked great! I was very very happy with the treatment, and continued jumping every weekend and not experiencing pain. Presently, I still have stiffness in the mornings and I think that another treatment would do me well. But, I absolutely know that the first treatment helped tremendously!

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