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.
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.
I was surprised. All the other times I have had prolotherapy, I have had a considerable amount of stiffness in the are on the following day. The day after shots in my neck, I felt no such stiffness. In fact, other than where the needles went in, I felt very little pain or stiffness in the area.
What was apparent though is that the neck is indeed connected to all the other areas. I found that my middle back had much more movement of vertebrae than I had previously experienced while stretching. By movement I mean those little cracks or adjustments that you can feel as you stretch or twist.
n short, I was surprised at how much the neck affected the rest of the back and the shoulders. It has now been almost a week and I have definitely noticed a difference, an improvement in my back and shoulders as a result of the prolotherapy shots on my neck.
I haven’t posted for several weeks, but that does not mean I haven’t been getting injections. I feel like the bionic man in some ways, with the goal of rebuilding myself to be better than before. I have now had prolotherapy several times each in my lower back, both shoulders, upper back, and now the area that ties it all together, the neck.
Today was my first treatment on the neck, and it will be my last. It is not that it is more painful than the others, but the idea and execution of large needles going into that area is not just not pleasant, it strikes fear into me, and there are few things I fear. But recently I have come to way risks and benefits much more closely than I have in the past, and I am just not in enough pain to justify having that area treated again. The odds of a mistake are very low, but the consequences when poking around the neck just seem too high to justify even the tiny risk. That said, I did do it.
It has been less than an hour and I have not experienced any dizziness or vertigo which the doctor told me I might. This is good. The novacain is starting to wear off and I can feel where the needles went in. I’m sitting on the couch, not lying down, and am not uncomfortable.
The prolotherapy shots themselves where no different than in other areas. Some of them I felt the needle go in and others I felt the fluid being injected. Probably a dozen or fifteen shots in total to stabilize the area, and while the doctor always tells me to leave the dressing on for 2 days, I will take it off as I shower tomorrow.
One thing that I have found, especially from the shots in the lower back, is that the prolotherapy definitely stabilizes and tightens up an area. By tightens up, I don’t mean making it harder to stretch. Before prolo I would lie on my back,lift one leg and move it across my body touching my toe to the floor. That would often “crack” my back and I would feel better as the vertebrae moved back into alignment. Now that rarely happens as the vertebrae don’t move out of alignment and the area feels much better. I expect a similar effect with the prolotherapy on my neck.
Stay tuned. We shall see.
Yesterday afternoon I had another prolotherapy treatment. It was supposed to be a second treatment of Subcutaneous Prolotherapy (smaller needles, injections into the nerves rather than the ligaments) for my left shoulder and the left upper back. But last Friday i overdid the exercise again and my lower back went into spasm again. So, even though it has only been less than 3 weeks since the first lower back prolotherapy into the ligaments, we decided to treat the area again, but this time the nerves instead of the ligaments directly.
The subcutaneous injections hurt much less than the injections into the ligaments. The needles are much smaller and go much less deep. In fact, no lidacain is used to even numb the area. The needles are probably the same size s those that would be used to inject the lidacain. Still, injections into that sensitive an area are not without their pain.
But the great thing about injections into the nerves is that they take away virtually all the pain for a day or two. I went out last night, watched a baseball game and then had a picnic and my back felt better than it had all week. It wasn’t until tonight that the pain started to come back.
So the challenge of the subcutaneous prolotherapy is how long it lasts and how often it needs to be repeated. Right now, I’m leaning toward the ligament shots as being more effective, but have not yet had multiple treatments into the same area of either type of prolotherapy.
Stay tuned for more as my treatments progress.