Prolotherapy: The All-Natural Solution for Chronic Back Pain You Haven’t Tried

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If you suffer from chronic back pain — back pain that lasts for 12 weeks or longer — you understand the negative impact it can have on your life. From family obligations to the ability to do your job, chronic back pain can make everyday tasks miserable.

Among the many treatment options for chronic back pain — including massage, chiropractic therapy, and surgery — you may feel like you’ve tried them all. But there’s one minimally invasive solution you might not be familiar with: prolotherapy.   

Dr. Todd Koppel has over 20 years of experience in treating chronic back pain, including the latest minimally invasive therapeutic approaches. His thorough evaluation process, diagnostic expertise, and comprehensive treatment plans have helped over 90% of his patients improve dramatically while avoiding surgery.

Take a moment to learn more about prolotherapy, the all-natural solution for chronic back pain you probably haven’t tried.

What is prolotherapy?

An innovation in regenerative medicine and pain treatment, prolotherapy is a minimally invasive procedure in which an all-natural solution is injected into the soft tissue of the affected area to stimulate healing.

The name prolotherapy derives from the word proliferation, meaning to grow rapidly by producing new tissue, cells, or offspring. In prolotherapy, the all-natural solution acts as an irritant that creates a small injury to the area experiencing pain.  

This “smart injury” stimulates your body’s natural healing process by triggering localized inflammation. As your body repairs the inflamed tissue, it’s also spurring new tissue growth, and the chronically afflicted area heals.

The components in the prolotherapy solution are natural substances. There are several to choose from, and providers select the solution they believe will work best. The most common is dextrose, a simple sugar. Other common ingredients include saline, stem cells, platelet-rich plasma (PRP), and sarapin.

How does it help chronic back pain?

Chronic back pain is one of the leading causes of disability worldwide. While many treatment options, such as muscle relaxers and pain medication, lessen your discomfort temporarily, they don’t treat the underlying cause. They can also come with unwanted side effects.

Prolotherapy, on the other hand, stimulates the production of new tissue, permanently strengthening the damaged ligaments, tendons, and bone that caused your chronic back pain in the first place. And it does so without the risks associated with medications or surgery.

It’s important to note that prolotherapy typically works best as part of a comprehensive treatment plan rather than as an isolated solution. Dr. Koppel evaluates your unique needs and comes up with a holistic plan to ensure optimal results.  

What should I expect?

In most cases, the affected area is first prepped with a topical anesthetic to reduce discomfort. Multiple courses of treatment are common, though the exact number depends on your unique situation. Each prolotherapy session encourages new growth that will help restore and heal your back.

Prolotherapy sessions are typically short and are completed on an outpatient basis. Recovery time is brief, with most patients returning to normal activities the same day.

With successful prolotherapy treatments, you’ll experience long-term relief from chronic back pain. In fact, recent research supports its use for treatment in alleviating back pain and other chronic conditions.  

If you’re experiencing chronic back pain, Dr. Koppel’s skill and experience will help you find relief through an effective, comprehensive treatment plan. Call Garden State Pain Management today, or book your appointment online.

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