Author: Sonja N. Fung, ND
Do you dread waking up every morning and taking that first step out of bed?
Do you have to think about every movement you make throughout the day? According to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, musculoskeletal injuries cost the US close to $850 billion dollars in 2008. It is the #2 reason for doctor’s visits.
Musculoskeletal pain typically stems from sports, motor vehicle accidents, or over-use injuries; however, pain can arise from other not-so-obvious sources such as nutrient/mineral depletion, and even food sensitivities leading to chronic inflammation. It is important to find and treat the root cause of your pain instead of just masking the symptoms with steroids and stronger and stronger pain medication. Cortisone (steroid) injections only temporarily mask the pain while causing tissue and bone breakdown, and oral pain medications have significant side effects. Healing the injured joint, removing food sensitivities, and replenishing your body’s nutrients, is a whole body approach to resolving pain.
The latest in pain management medicine focuses on promoting the body’s natural healing process before turning to surgical repair or pain medications. The treatment is called prolotherapy. The origin of the word “prolotherapy” refers to the therapeutic effect of promoting the proliferation (growth, formation) of new tissue in areas of damage and pain. By stimulating a localized inflammatory response around the injury, the body’s natural healing process is re-engaged. One therapeutic effect is creation of new collagen, the material that strengthens ligaments and tendons. New collagen shrinks as it matures. The shrinking collagen fortifies ligaments or tendons, making them stronger. Pain relief, stability, and increased range of motion are also benefits of this treatment.
Prolotherapy is an appropriate treatment for ligaments, cartilage, tendons and disks that are torn or degenerated. Prolotherapy is not only for recent injuries either. Injuries over a decade old can be helped with prolotherapy by allowing the injured joint and connective tissue to heal in a more complete manner than they initially did. The technique involves 3-6 rounds of injections. The injections consist of a 100% natural substance that facilitates growth and repair. The side effects are minimal, and most commonly manifests in soreness in the joint for 24-48 hours post treatment.
Prolotherapy has been proven effective for most joint injuries. The Mayo Clinic and other major institutions have recently recognized their benefit. If you would like to read more studies on this innovative alternative treatment for joint pain and injury, go to www.getprolo.com. Locally, the doctors at Live Well Clinic offer prolotherapy and specialized food sensitivity and nutrient testing. You really have NO REASON TO LIVE WITH PAIN.
For over 6 years, Dr. Sonja Fung and Dr. Nicole Ortiz have successfully treated joint and muscle pain using prolotherapy and other natural pain management techniques. For more information about non-drug approaches to pain management and prolotherapy call 760-771-5970 or visit www.imdonewithpain.com.