As we’ve discussed in previous articles, prolotherapy is a regenerative medicine treatment that involves injecting a sugar solution into a patient’s body to rebuild tissue and reduce pain. While prolotherapy is a great and effective treatment for many conditions, it isn’t the best fit for every patient. In this article, we are going to talk about what makes a good candidate for prolotherapy, and whether prolotherapy injections can help treat your pain.
Who is a Good Candidate for Prolotherapy?
Prolotherapy is most effective at treating joint injuries and conditions that cause pain. So any patient who has suffered a joint injury may be a good candidate. More specifically, prolotherapy may be right for you if you experience any of the following:
- Damaged or lost tissue, especially surrounding the joints
- A clicking noise in the joint
- Muscle spasms in addition to the pain
- An inconclusive MRI or CT scan
- Pain that improves with rest
These are just a few of the most common characteristics that make up a good prolotherapy candidate. You should always see a qualified regenerative medicine doctor before you undergo prolotherapy or any other pain management treatment.
Who is Not a Good Candidate for Prolotherapy?
Prolotherapy is not an appropriate treatment approach for every patient in pain. If you experience any of the following, prolotherapy is likely not a good treatment option:
- Loss of feeling in the area
- Bladder or bowel control issues
- Severe loss of range of motion
These characteristics often indicate an underlying element that is best treated with other methods.
The experienced regenerative medicine specialists at Advanced Spine & Pain Clinics of MN have been treating Minnesotans in the Twin Cities metro area for a combined two decades. Our providers are trained in prolotherapy and other regenerative techniques and can guide you through your pain and find the best treatment for your situation. Contact us today to set up your appointment with one of our Minnesota pain management doctors.