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Prolotherapy vs. Epidural Steroid Injections

Nov
28
2011

Epidural Steroid Injections for Back Pain

Epidural steroid injections are another option for people with neck pain, thoracic pain, and low back pain. The goal of this injection is pain relief through a reduction ofinflammation and swelling in the epidural space. The injection consists of inserting a needle into the epidural space of the spine and injecting a long lasting steroid. Many health professionals agree that the results are temporary and have no long-lasting effect. Pain relief may last a few weeks to a few months and in some cases provide just enough pain relief to participate in physical therapy for recovery.

Prolotherapy for Back Pain

Temporary pain relief is not what pain patients should be seeking. Permanent healing and pain relief should be the goal. Maybe pain patients don’t believe there is a cure for their pain, so they seek as many pain relief options as possible. The problem is that many pain relief treatments include steroids and anti-inflammatory agents that can make the injury even worse. As the injury gets worse, a person is forced to look for stronger and more complex pain relief. It’s a vicuous cycle.

Prolotherapy is the opposite of epidural steroid injections that contain steroids. Prolotherapycreates inflammation to bring blood flow and healing factors to the injured tissue. Any neck or back pain that is related to joint degeneration or ligament injury can be treated effectively with Prolotherapy.

If you are stuck in a cycle of pain relief treatments and recurring pain, Prolotherapy may be your stopping point. Call us today at 708-848-7789 or email us ay drhauser@caringmedical.com for more information.

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