Prolotherapy Basics and Complications
A procedure to help bone joints, ligaments, tendons, and cartilages get back in shape after deterioration due to disease, injury, or aging, prolotherapy has many good things about it. However, it comes with its own share of disadvantages.
Greatness of prolotherapy
In the lives of many chronic pain sufferers, prolotherapy can prove to be an absolute blessing.
The fact of the matter is that living with chronic pain is one of the most physically and mentally crushing things one can go through. A chronic pain sufferer not only finds it difficult to sleep at night, but also notices significant decrease in his, or her, ability to work. That aside, chronic pain can make it nearly impossible for the patient to do even the simplest of movements like walking and jogging. While it may be difficult to believe, over the past decade or so, many marriages have collapsed due to one of the spouses going through chronic pain.
Due to the above reasons and many more, when prolotherapy is successful in eliminating chronic pain, it can almost totally turn around the life of a patient in a positive way.
Approaching the treatment
As is the case with most medical procedures, prolotherapy can be approached both in the right way, and the wrong way.
On the most basic level, the right way of approaching prolotherapy involves picking a qualified physician. This is because, when it comes to making prolotherapy effective, professionals who have a lengthy experience usually do a far better job compared to those who do not.
In addition, it is important to do things carefully once the treatment is underway, and complete. This is to say that a patient must watch his, or her, eating habits during, and after, the therapy. Drinking caffeine during the treatment phase may make it hard for the body to heal. The same holds true for non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and alcoholic stuff.
A respected and relatively safer procedure in many regards, prolotherapy is not devoid of cons.
At worst, it can cause skin infections that can make things very difficult for the patient. However, statistically, only about 1 among 10,000 patients seems to face this risk.
On the milder spectrum, the therapy may lead to issues such as pain, bleeding, effusion, swelling, stiffness, and bruising.
Some other possible side-effects are nerve injury, tendon injury, ligament injury, spinal headache, and lung puncture.
Prolotherapy is not a hundred percent safe therapy by any means. Yet, it is far safer compared to its popular alternatives.