A sugar water injection as a medical procedure may sound unusual to you, but this cutting-edge technique has already proven its efficiency by helping many patients with chronic pain. Prolotherapy, also known as sugar injections can relief the chronic pain, including arthritis and lower back pain as a substitute for extensive surgery.
This unique kind of pain management has helped millions of people around the world. Below you will find a list of reasons why you should try this revolutionary procedure to relieve the pain in your joints.
What is it about?
Sugar injections stimulate your body to improve the rate of production of collagen and cartilage for faster recovery of your joints. Prototherapy stimulates your immune system to deliver chondroblasts and fibroblasts to the injured areas.
For those who wish to avoid any type of surgery, it is a great alternative because it is not invasive. Professional athletes have found prolotherapy to be a good choice in place of surgery to be able to recover and get back in the game quickly so they never miss too much of the season.
NFL athlete, Brett Miller, has experienced multiple surgeries on his left knee including reconstruction but began prolotherapy treatments when the pain reoccurred and physical activity was limited. After receiving five prolotherapy injections, he discovered a considerable difference in physical mobility.
Studies have shown that an injection of liquid sugar into the painful area stimulates the healing process in your body. More and more physicians in America perform this procedure despite the fact that most of the insurance companies don’t cover it.
How does it work?
An injection of pharmaceutical-grade sugar water into the suffering area will cause a short-term inflammation followed by rapid production of collagen and cartilage. Your immune system responds quickly by boosting the healing mechanisms in your body. Increased amounts of cartilage and collagen rejuvenate and restore your painful areas.
The procedure can take 15 minutes to an hour depending on your injury. In some cases you may need to get six treatments over the period of several months. Every patient and injury is different. Therefore, it is difficult to predict how many injections you might need. The speed of healing differs for everyone.
Prior to the injection the doctor will use a local anesthetic, such as licodaine or a cold spray to numb the feeling around the area. A mild anesthetic is also mixed with the sugar fluid to reduce the pain from the procedure. A doctor will also use a X-ray or ultrasound to help guide them during the procedure, especially is multiple injections at the same time are necessary, feeling like multiple pinches.
After the doctor performs the procedure, you may feel stiffness for a while. Avoid extensive exercising, as your body would need some time to recover until your next doctor appointment. However, some people feel fine right after the procedure, others might experience some discomfort in the area. Soon enough your body will have adjusted the injections to heal your body.
You can press the painful area firmly to find out if prolotherapy worked for you. You are supposed to press the area without having any painful sensation. If you do feel any pain, be patient but if it continues, consult a physician.
There are various reasons to choose prolotherapy over surgery. First of all, this procedure stimulates your body to produce more collagen in a natural way without any surgical interference. Surgeons will cut damaged tissues out of your body. Surgical interference will not encourage any tissue growth.
Secondly, prolotherapy has almost no side effects and it is inexpensive compared to surgeries. This procedure also doesn’t require the long rehabilitation period – you can go back to work the next day after the procedure. Thirdly, prolotherapy doesn’t require general anesthesia.
Prolotherapy works well on patients with different areas of pain such as tendon issues and tennis elbow as well as the following areas of pain:
• lower back
• shoulder and neck
• foot, leg, and ankle
• hand and wrist
Lower back pain that is caused by loose ligaments by the sacroiliac joint or hip responds wonderfully to prolotherapy treatments.
You can set an appointment with a physician at Pain Management and Injury Relief Medical Center to schedule a prolotherapy. PMIR physician will help you in identifying the amount of injections you may need.