How Prolotherapy Cured My Chronic Back Pain

I have suffered from chronic back pain since I was in my early 30’s. Prolotherapy cured my back pain and gave me back my active lifestyle.

How Prolotherapy Cured My Chronic Back Pain

My first back injury occurred when I was hanging my mountain bike. I was in pain for days but my body healed itself with no treatment needed.

A few years passed by and all of a sudden my left hamstring was tight. Stretching didn’t help, so I visited my pt, Heather, who still treats me to this day.

My hamstring wasn’t the problem, it was my pelvis that had shifted out of place causing the hamstring pain. It took a few months of pt for my pelvis to finally stay in place.

This cycle continued and Heather finally suggested that I get prolotherapy which worked wonderfully. Three sessions of prolotherapy later, I was back to normal.

Things were great until 2017 when I started my cancer treatment. A chemo drug caused my muscles to seize and my pain came back with a vengeance. I was afraid to get prolotherapy because I was scared that it would exacerbate my cancer.

This summer I changed my mind and had prolotherapy and I am back to normal!

What is Prolotherapy?

Prolotherapy is a procedure where a natural irritant is injected into the soft tissue of an injured joint.  This results in long-term, often permanent pain relief by stimulating the body’s ability to repair itself

What do They Inject in Prolotherapy?

A solution of concentrated dextrose and local anesthetic is injected into the affected ligaments, tendons, or joint capsules.

What is the Average Cost of Prolotherapy?

One prolotherapy injection can cost about $300 to $1000, depending on the area being treated.

What is the Average Success Rate of Prolotherapy?

Studies suggest a success rate (“greater than 50% improvement in pain level”) of 80-90% for all patients.

What are the Side Effects?

These are a few of the potential side effects a patient can experience after prolotherapy:

  • Swelling and inflammation around the injection site.
  • Pain and stiffness.
  • Headaches.
  • Allergic reaction to the injected solution.
  • Nerve related issues

If you suffer from back pain, I highly suggest that you check out prolotherapy.

28 Comments

  1. Where did you have this done in Lynchburg? I’m wondering if it would help me. I think mine is more soft tissue damage.

  2. Thanks for this info, I’ve been suffering from lower back pain since right after the birth of my second son. I’m currently getting “trigger point injections” at UVA Spine center, but it hasn’t helped so far. I have even told by my PT that my pelvis is also out of alignment. I’ll have to ask my doctor about this!

  3. I’ve never heard of this before! I’ve had back problems for years and my hips and thighs are sooo tight all the time! I roll them but they continue to be tight. I will have to check this out!

    Karin

  4. You just might have answered my prayers Paula. I’ll be checking out if this is available in my area. Thank you for sharing. I’m so glad your back pain is gone. It’s so draining living with constant pain.

  5. Wow, I will be sharing this post with a family member who is suffering from back pain and can barely get out of bed. Thank you for sharing!

  6. Thanks, Paula … I’ve never heard of prolotherapy. I feel incredibly fortunate to not suffer any serious back issues. But, my husband does and I’m forwarding this information to him to look into. I’m so glad you were able o resume this treatment and it’s helping. Please give Sherman a stretch behind the ears from me. xo

  7. Hi Paula,
    15 years ago, I had Prolotherapy on my neck after a car accident where I was hit from behind. It took about 5 or 6 monthly treatments of injections in the back of my neck basically killing all the damaged ligaments & promoting new growth. And, it worked! I highly recommend it! At that time it cost $500 per treatment.
    I’m so glad you mentioned your treatment in your post. Currently I’m suffering with my SI Joint. You have reminded me of Prolotherapy & I’m wondering if it could help me again, allowing me to avoid back surgery!!! Thank You! I’ll definitely be talking with my doctors about it.

    1. I am so glad that prolotherapy helped you and I hope you’ll make an appointment soon to get your SI joint treated.

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