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Prolotherapy and Back Pain

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Prolotherapy, the Original Regenerative Pain Medicine Procedure

Prolotherapy and Spine Ligaments

Spinal diseases, such as spondylolisthesis or spinal stenosis, can be debilitating, often affecting your ability to perform daily activities. Many treatment options are available, including steroids, surgery, medication, and physical therapy, but these treatments often only mask the symptoms, not addressing the underlying issues. If you're looking for a more comprehensive and effective treatment option, prolotherapy may provide the solution you need.

There are many ligaments in the body which may become inflammed, irritated or damaged through years of activity or trauma.  While prolotherapy has a great trach record with tendons and ligaments in the arms and legs, not all practitioners are offering spine prolotherapy.

The Iliolumbar Ligament's Role in Spinal Health

The iliolumbar ligament, located at the base of the spine, is a key component in supporting the vertebrae and maintaining overall spinal health. This ligament connects the sacrum and the iliac crest of the pelvis, providing critical support and stability. When the iliolumbar ligament becomes weakened or damaged, patients may experience pain, sciatica, or other symptoms related to spinal diseases.

How Prolotherapy at the Iliolumbar Ligament Works

Prolotherapy is a non-invasive treatment option that stimulates the body's natural healing process by injecting a solution of dextrose and lidocaine directly into the damaged tissue. This solution triggers a natural inflammatory response, leading to an increase in blood flow and the production of collagen, the protein responsible for the strength and integrity of connective tissue.

By targeting the iliolumbar ligament, prolotherapy promotes the growth of new, healthy tissue and strengthens the ligament, effectively restoring stability to the spine. Patients may begin to notice a decrease in pain and an increase in mobility after the first few treatments, and full results typically occur after three to four treatments.

Benefits of Prolotherapy at the Iliolumbar Ligament

One of the primary benefits of prolotherapy is that it offers a low-risk alternative to surgery. The procedure is minimally invasive and does not require general anesthesia, making it a safer option for patients who may not be able to tolerate surgery.  

For more information, listen to Long Island Pain Physician, Dr. Rosenblum's Podcast to understand prolotherapy and the evidence supporting it.https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/painexam-podcast/id958652026

The overall success rate of prolotherapy at the iliolumbar ligament is high, with up to 85% of patients achieving significant pain relief. This form of treatment is also cost-effective compared to surgery, and patients can expect to return to work and other activities much sooner than after surgery.

When it comes to spinal diseases, there are several treatment options available, but not all may be right for you. By promoting natural healing and restoring spinal stability, prolotherapy can enhance your overall physical and mental well-being, significantly improving your quality of life. Talk to your healthcare provider today to determine if this treatment is right for you.  Prolotherapy is not typically covered by most insurers.  Schedule an appointment with one of our physicians to find out if you are a candidate.