Prolotherapy can be incredibly effective in treating various pain conditions. But is prolotherapy a “cure-all” that can help treat all types of pain and related conditions? That’s our question for this article, in which we discuss what specific injuries and conditions prolotherapy can help treat and when other treatment options are more beneficial.
The Myth of the Cure-all
There have always been snake oil salesmen who tout a specific medication, procedure, or treatment as the cure-all for any condition. The truth of the matter is that pain is complex, and requires a strategic approach to treatment that often incorporates multiple methods.
There is no treatment option on the planet that works for every condition. Each patient experiences pain differently, and a patient’s entire situation (medical history, pre-existing conditions, etc.) needs to be taken into account. A skilled pain medicine physician can weigh all of these factors and work with the patient to develop a nuanced treatment plan that will actually work.
Prolotherapy Best Practices
So what can prolotherapy treat? Prolotherapy is a regenerative medicine technique that dates back a long time (more on the history of prolotherapy here). It is best used to treat injuries involving the soft tissues of the body. Conditions like arthritis, tendonitis, bursitis, and facet joint syndrome can all benefit from prolotherapy. Multiple prolotherapy injections help tissue regenerate and grow over time, which can in turn, decrease pain.
The regenerative medicine specialists at Advanced Spine & Pain Clinics of MN have been performing prolotherapy injections for the past two decades. Our pain care physicians have the knowledge and experience needed to help you achieve the pain relief you’re looking for. Contact our Edina clinic today to see if you are a good candidate for prolotherapy or another regenerative medicine procedure. Our doctors treat patients throughout the Minneapolis / St. Paul Metro, as well as greater Minnesota.