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What is the difference between trigger point therapy and prolotherapy exactly?

What is the difference between trigger point therapy and prolotherapy exactly?

Location: In trigger point therapy, the physician finds tender points in the muscle and injects them. In prolotherapy, the physician injects around ligaments to strengthen them. ...Read more

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I have shoulder instability, will prolotherapy help in addition to physical therapy?

I have shoulder instability, will prolotherapy help in addition to physical therapy?

Unclear : Prolo is a type of treatment that has some strong advocates, but i'm skeptical about its benefits in this situation and many others for which it is offered. The important thing is to understand the 'why' behind your instability and to address that directly. ...Read more

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Prolotherapy, prolozone, or platelet rich plasma during physical therapy? Which best odds for mild but troublesome bulging cervical disc?

Get another opinion: As a mild bulging disc in your neck is not the issue nor are the treatments your are mentioning other than some short term pt. Time is the best healer as is the judicious use of some medications and other possible pain management techniques but get an opinion from an orthopedic spine surgeon or neurosurgeon first. ...Read more

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Will prp plus stem cell therapy to injured/ strained si ligaments work? Will it cause scar tissue or normal tissue? Is it better than prolotherapy?

Will prp plus stem cell therapy to injured/ strained si ligaments work? Will it cause scar tissue or normal tissue? Is it better than prolotherapy?

Platelet Rich Plasma: There is not much good data that I am aware of showing that prolotherapy is effective. PRP or platelet rich plasma is showing effectiveness in small studies for several indications. These include: Facial rejuvenation, hair regrowth, sexual rejuvenation, arthritis and musculoskeletal injuries, and more. Based on my experience, I recommend PRP therapy. ...Read more

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Have bump on back of my at. Dr. Thinks may be tendinopathy. Have tendonitis & calcaneal spur. What r treatment 4 tendinopathy? I get prolotherapy now

Have bump on back of my at. Dr. Thinks may be tendinopathy.  Have tendonitis & calcaneal spur. What r treatment 4 tendinopathy? I get prolotherapy now

PRP unreliable data: Although it's popular, the prp injections may not do any benefit. For other treatments, ultrasound therapy, shockwave therapy, continued physical therapy all provide some relief. Lastly, removal of spur and tendon repair is an option if chronically painful without relief. Hope this helps. Good luck. ...Read more

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Question regarding prolotherapy and prolozone treatment for ligament / tendon / cartilage injuries ? What are some doctor opinions on these treatments

Question regarding prolotherapy and prolozone treatment for ligament / tendon / cartilage injuries ? What are some doctor opinions on these treatments

Prolozone: Prolozone is injection of ozone and nutrients into the joint space. I have found it very effective in my practice as a natural option to avoid drugs and surgery. If injections are not successful surgery is still an option. I always try to avoid surgical intervention if possible. ...Read more

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Multiple shoulder dislocations and inherent ligament laxity. Physical therapy for a year, but still sublaxating. Surgery or prolotherapy?

Multiple shoulder dislocations and inherent ligament laxity.  Physical therapy for a year, but still sublaxating.  Surgery or prolotherapy?

Surgery: I would go with the surgery at this point. Your main concern is lack of stability which drives your pain. Once your shoulders are stable, there will be a lot easier to control pain, which would be the main reason for prolotherapy. ...Read more

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Does prolotherapy cause scar tissue or new tissue?

Does prolotherapy cause scar tissue or new tissue?

New tissue: Good question. The point of prolotherapy is to create new tissue within ligaments. When a ligament has been strained it's like a rubber band that's lost its spring ; no longer effectively holds our bones together. Prolotherapy stimulates regeneration of the ligaments- not scar tissue! see http://www.Caringmedical.Com/prolotherapyblog/todays-vlog-does-prolotherapy-cause-scar-tissue/. ...Read more

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Is platelet rich plasma and prolotherapy the same thing?

Is platelet rich plasma and prolotherapy the same thing?

No: You are comparing two "alternative" treatments in which stuff is injected into the insertions of ligaments / tendons. In prolotherapy, the operator injects sugar, glycerine, or some other simple substance. Injecting platelet-rich plasma is a whole new level of things. Caveat emptor. ...Read more

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Can prolotherapy make you worse or cause harm? Is it safe for the lower back?

Can prolotherapy make you worse or cause harm? Is it safe for the lower back?

Very safe: Prolotherapy is very safe and proven to help the vast majority who try it. It is common to have a temporary worsening of pain for a few days after treatment (though this is less or non-exisitent with prolozone). See http://www.Getprolo.Com/prolotherapy-safety/ ; http://www.Getprolo.Com/prolotherapy-research/. ...Read more

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Is prolotherapy proven to cause scar tissue or new healthy tissue? Need some clarification

Is prolotherapy proven to cause scar tissue or new healthy tissue? Need some clarification

Yes: After an injury occurs, ankle sprain or laceration, our body runs a healing program to remove the most damaged tissue and repair/regrow the injured parts. Prolotherapy involves creating a new injury with the point of the needle that will restart/rerun the body's healing program. Formula injected at the time will have some effect toward increasing the healing. www.blatmanhealthandwellness.com. ...Read more

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I have had problems with my sacroiliac ligament for 18 months. Nothing seems to make it better and am considering prolotherapy. Any thoughts?

I have had problems with my sacroiliac ligament for 18 months. Nothing seems to make it better and am considering prolotherapy. Any thoughts?

Try it: I would recommend a formal course of physical therapy along with anti-inflammatory medications. A subsequent pain management consultation is warranted. Possibly an si joint injection may help. Try prolotherapy and see if it works that could be another option for you. ...Read more

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Thankful to the doctor who suggested prolotherapy...Something that i've been researching here in canada. Where do I find out more about this? :)

Hackett Hemwall: The hacket hemwall foundation website (hackethemwall, org) is the leading authority in training prolotherapy techniques in the us. They have a list of prolotherapists. I perform this procedure as well: www.Totalcare-la.Com and i made a video explaining what is prolotherapy: http://otwithmd.Com/what-is-prolotherapy/ hope this helps! ...Read more

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Is inflammation good or bad for healing stretched ligaments? Conventional approach is that it is detrimental, but prolotherapy tries to activate it?

Is inflammation good or bad for healing stretched ligaments? Conventional approach is that it is detrimental, but prolotherapy tries to activate it?

inflam is part of he: Inflammation is part of healing. Treatment is empiracle - whatever works. However, blinded trials are necessary to see if an intervention works on its own or because of psychological effects. ...Read more

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Is prolotherapy worth trying for a cronic facet ligament injury that happened 7 months ago?

Is prolotherapy worth trying for a cronic facet ligament injury that happened 7 months ago?

Possibly: Prolotherapy is well researched and offered treatment that has shown good success. The basic theory is to strengthen the ligaments around the facet joint and therefore reducing stress on the joint by tightening them up. Pretty cool stuff. There are some other treatments like stem cell injections that can help as well. Neither of these treatments are covered by medical insurance though. ...Read more

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Is prp(platelet rich plasma) more effective than prolotherapy for si ligaments?

Is prp(platelet rich plasma) more effective than prolotherapy for si ligaments?

Platelet Rich Plasma: There is not much good data that I am aware of showing that prolotherapy is effective. PRP or platelet rich plasma is showing effectiveness in small studies for several indications. These include: Facial rejuvenation, hair regrowth, sexual rejuvenation, arthritis and musculoskeletal injuries, and more. Based on my experience, I recommend PRP therapy. ...Read more

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Doing prolotherapy on unstable si joints. What pt exercise can I do that won't stretch them to much and how much walking is ok?

Doing prolotherapy on unstable si joints. What pt exercise can I do that won't stretch them to much and how much walking is ok?

Hope this works well: Prolotherapy has great potential for stabilizing your si joints, and I have seen impressive results, far better than surgical stabilization. Usually, your exercise activity should be suspended for at least 3-4 days following injections, but most exercises should be ok afterwards. Your treating doctor can add a lot of advice regarding an appropriate fitness program. Have pt talk with your doc. ...Read more

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Does prolotherapy help lumbar bulge disc/sciatica?

Does prolotherapy help lumbar bulge disc/sciatica?

Possibly: Prolotherapy is well researched and offered treatment that has shown good success. The basic theory is to strengthen the ligaments around the facet joint and therefore reducing stress on the joint by tightening them up. Pretty cool stuff. There are some other treatments like stem cell injections that can help as well. Neither of these treatments are covered by medical insurance though. ...Read more

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What is better prolotherapy or steriod shot? I might need one in the pubic symphysis and si joint?

What is better prolotherapy or steriod shot? I might need one in the pubic symphysis and si joint?

Prolotherapy: Although a steroid injection may immediately alleviate the pain and inflammation. It does little to strengthen and stabilize the ligament across a joint. If you have chronic ligament sprain then prolotherapy is recommended to strengthen the ligament which would stabilize the joint and, thus, decrease pain. Also there are minimal side effects with prolo as compared to steroid injections. Good luck. ...Read more

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