Prolo in Shoulder Follow Up

Five days since prolo therapy injections in my right shoulder and there is little pain and full range of motion. Prior to the injections I could not sleep lying on my right side, either with my arm up or tucked under as the pain in the shoulder was too great. Already I am sleeping on my right side with arm raised.

It is pretty impressive how quickly the injections can work. He did at least 6 shots in the front of my shoulder and another 6 in the back with an additional one right into the joint. For two days the inflammation prevented full range of motion and now in the fifth day motion is not only restored but already greater than before the shots.

The prolotherapy injections may not be pleasant, given the size of the needles and the fact that the protocal calls for the needle to be touching the bone, but it is certainly effective. I can’t recommend it enough. I have had bad pain in my shoulder for at least 4-5 months and within 5 days it is gone. I don’t care how painful the treatment for shoulder tendonitis is, and it was not that painful, it is certainly worth a half hour of pain for such a quick cure.

Prolotherapy on Right Shoulder

Yesterday morning I had shots in my right shoulder which had been bothering me for months. I don’t recall how I hurt it, possibly from the car accident over a year ago for which I have been being treated. But with all the other major pains in the neck and the lower back from the accident, i hadn’t really noticed the shoulder that much until a few months ago. It was painful enough that I could not sleep on my right side.

As with all shots of dep prolotherapy, the Dr started by pressing to identify the injured areas. Pain when pressed indicates a damaged ligament and a spot for a shot. In addition to the shot right into the joint, he did a half dozen spots on the back of the shoulder and about a half dozen on the front.

After identifying the spots for the shots, the Dr cleans the area with antiseptic and then shoots the area with several shots of lidacain to numb the area. The numbness will not remove all the pain from the shots, but it will dull the pain and limit it substantially.

Last month the Dr. gave me a single shot in my heel without numbing the area first. I can assure you that numbing is preferred. This time the numbing makes the shots in and around the shoulder easy to tolerate. Only when the Dr has to switch syringes and forgot which of two spots he did and so redid them both, did I feel a shot of real pain as he shot the medicine into an area he had just shot. Also, one of the shots hit a capillary just below the surface of the skin and there was a good amount of blood, or so he told me. I did not look and it stopped with pressure after a few minutes.

Overall, the shots are worth the half hour of pain getting them and the 36-48 hours of stiffness that will ensue as the body goes to work healing the shoulder ligaments. Coming up on 36 hours, it already is feeling better.

Prolotherapy for Achilles Heel

My heel had been killing me for months. So many pains throughout my body had come from my car accident and early on the doctor had treated my foot. I was a bit surprised that foot pain could have been caused by the accident, but when he explained the impact of a foot on the floor of a car and the frame being hit at 30mph or so, it became clear that easily could have caused it. As the spasms in my neck released and my back began to heal, other pains in my body became much too prominent.

An achilles tendon injury can also be caused in exercise or sports. Too often the tendon is strained and ligaments injured. Prolotherapy helps the body strengthen the weakened or injured ligaments and tendons using the body’s own repair mechanisms. If the damage is severe enough, such as the tendon separating from the bone, only surgery can repair it. But most injuries in this area are strains and can be helped dramatically with Prolotherapy.

At this point I have had two treatments, a month apart. The first consisted of several shots on either side of the achilles tendon. A month later the doctor increased the potency of the “medicine” from 15% glucose to 25% glucose and injected directly into the insertion point at the back bottom of the heel. Since that was a single shot, and he had just given me shots elsewhere complete with numbing with lidocaine, he did that single shot without anesthetic. It was not pleasant. Still, I would do it again, for the pain has subsided substantially. I’m looking forward to one more shot in that area to complete the treatment as it appears to be one of the more stubborn injuries. I’ve felt the imporvement, but it is not yet healed.

Prolotherapy for Plantar Fasciitis

Within the first few weeks of my car accident, my feet were hurting me badly. So badly that I had trouble walking down stairs and in fact slipped on a stair and fell hard on my back as I bounced down the remaining few. That did not help my back, but I digress. On one visit to the doctor I told him of the pain in my feet and he did some manual adjustments on my knee and legs. In fact it did help alleviate some of the pain.

However, after he finally released the whiplash and pain in my back started to subside, the pains in my feet became more noticeable and bothersome again. I was surprised that the feet could have been hurt in the accident, but the doctor pointed out that they were in contact with the floor of the car and the frame did get hit at about 20 or more mph. That is trauma!.

After squeezing my feet in different places the doctor noted that I had Plantar Fasciitis. The plantar fascia is the connective tissue on the bottom of the foot that supports the arch and connects the whole bottom of the foot from heel all the way to the toes. I was surprised when the doctor squeezed the sides of my feet and I jumped through the roof. Clearly treatments were going to be necessary.

I have seen videos of some doctors giving prolotherapy shots in the bottom of the foot to treat this disorder. However, my doctor said he won’t do shots there because of the plethora of nerves in the area. He noted that the shots from the top of the foot, near the base of the toes, could easily reach the ligaments in the area that needed to be strengthened.

I had both feet treated with more than a dozen injections, and within a month of the shots virtually all my foot pain was gone. There was still some pain in the heel and achilles area which will need more treatments, but I could not have been more pleased with the results of these prolotherapy treatment for plantar fasciitis.

Prolotherapy on Elbow

Almost three years ago, my aikido teacher called me up in front of a seminar to do a demonstration of a throw preceded by an elbow lock. Normally in aikido, when you want someone to stop applying pressure you tap the mat or slap yourself indicating that you and your joints have gotten a good stretch but that they are at their limit and further pressure will cause injury. This time I did not slap and he applied more pressure expecting me to. That is when my elbow popped, and you could hear the pop across the very large room. That afternoon I managed to have it put back in place, but the elbow never quite heeled fully. The pain, not unlike tennis elbow, would return intermittently.

This treatment was one of the shortest the doctor has done on me. After the normal marking, cleaning, and numbing of the area, the doctor gave me four shots into the elbow and surrounding area. It is now two months later and I am not sure that he treated the area aggressively enough and will be returning for more treatments.  Of course it is possible that he did all he could do and that the elbow or my injury in particular is more difficult to stimulate healing and needs multiple treatments. I clearly feel an improvement at this point, however it is also clear that I can benefit from more.