We’ve talked many times about the benefits of prolotherapy for treating your pain condition, but is it a good surgery alternative? In this article, we are going to discuss whether or not prolotherapy is a good alternative to surgery for pain conditions and injuries.
Prolotherapy as a Surgery Alternative
Prolotherapy, and other regenerative injection treatments, offer an excellent alternative to surgery for patients with chronic pain from tissue damage. Many patients understandably want to leave surgery as a last resort. Injections like prolotherapy, PRP, and nerve blocks offer pain relief with much less cost, and recovery than surgery.
When to Consider Surgery
In certain patient situations, surgery is the best (or only option). Severe injury or accident cases may require immediate surgery to prevent nerve damage and reconstruct damaged areas of the body. However, these are extreme cases. With most instances of chronic pain, patients have a choice between surgery and more conservative options. Generally, we recommend exploring your non-surgical options before making a decision to undergo surgery. Injections are much less invasive than surgery, and often work just as well in reducing pain. When you’ve exhausted all of your conservative treatment options with little success, then it may be time to consult with a surgeon.
At Advanced Spine & Pain Clinics of MN, we work with each patient to determine their unique needs and develop and individualized pain management strategy. Every patient’s circumstances are different, and require different care approaches. Some patients will benefit from prolotherapy, while others may respond better to surgery or other treatments. Whatever the case, our Edina pain physicians are prepared to help you with your pain. We have been helping Minnesotans in pain for over two decades. Give our clinic a call today to set up an appointment and see how we can help you return to a pain free life.