Dry needling (like acupuncture) or injection of medication into trigger points is a form of prolotherapy that can relieve pain, spasms, and dysfunction. These trigger points, also called trigger sites or muscle knots, are made up of sensitive, palpable lumps or bands of fibres in the muscles.
Prolotherapy treats musculoskeletal issues with injection treatments. These injections are administered to ligaments, tendons, and joints in order to strengthen the connective tissue and relieve pain. Other names for prolotherapy treatments include proliferation therapy, sclerotherapy, and regenerative injection therapy (RIT).
General Information About Prolotherapy
Prolotherapy: An Expert Interview with Paul H. Goodley, MD.http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/707539
Avoid Anti-Inflammatory Drugs During Prolotherapy
Ohlson, K; This is Your Body on Ibuprofen; Experience Life, June 2014.https://experiencelife.com/article/this-is-your-body-on-ibuprofen
Hauser, R, MD; Anti-Inflammatory Medications and Prolotherapy; www.GetProlo.com website (last accessed 24 June 2014).
Low Back Pain
Hauser, R, MD; Hauser, M, MS, RD; Dextrose Prolotherapy for Unresolved Low Back Pain: A Retrospective Case Series Study; Journal of Prolotherapy, 2009, 1(3): 145-55.
Sciatica/SI Joint Pain
Kim, WM; Lee, HG; Jeong, CW; Kim, CM; Yoon, MH; A randomized controlled trial of intra-articular prolotherapy versus steroid injection for sacroiliac joint pain; J Altern Complement Med, Dec. 2010, 16(12):1285-90.
Dextrose Prolotherapy is Effective for Osteoarthritis Pain
Rabago, D; Patterson, J; Mundt, M; Kijowski, R; Grettie, J; Segal, N; Zgierska, A; Dextrose Prolotherapy for Knee Osteoarthritis: A Randomized Controlled Trial; Annals of Family Medicine, May/Jun. 2013, 11(3): 229-37.
Prolotherapy is as Effective as Steroid Injections for Tennis Elbow
Carayannopoulous, A; Borg-Stein, J; Sokolof, J; Meleger, A; Rosenberg, D; Prolotherapy versus corticosteroid injections for the treatment of lateral epicondylosis: a randomized controlled trial; PM R, Aug. 2011, 3(8): 706-15. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21871414
Shin Splints/Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome (MTSS)
Curtin, M; Crisp, T; Malliaras, P; Padhiar, N; The effectiveness of prolotherapy in the management of recalcitrant medial tibial stress syndrome: a pilot study; British Journal of Sports Medicine, 2011, 45(2).
Prolotherapy is an Effective Treatment for Osteoarthritic Finger Joint Pain
Reeves, KD; Hassanein, K; Randomized, prospective, placebo-controlled double-blind study of dextrose prolotherapy for osteoarthritic thumb and finger (DIP, PIP, and trapeziometacarpal) joints: evidence of clinical efficacy; J Altern Complement Med, Aug. 2000, 6(4): 311-20.
I had tried acupuncture and physiotherapy, and I had looked into most other treatments for my pain, before finding out about the DRX 9000. Basically, I haven’t had leg or back pain since the second decompression treatment. I’d do it again in a heartbeat.
I ended up with 2 herniated discs, L4 & L5, and hadn’t worked for three months. It was very debilitating. Within two weeks of starting DRX treatments, I was doing really well. I am really tickled with the results.
Before I went to Alberta Back and Neck Rehab & Sports Injuries Clinic, I had low back pain and severe sciatica pain shooting down my leg, all the way to my calf. I went in to see Dr. Oliphant, and signed up for treatment on the DRX program. Within the first two treatments, my pain was immediately reduced to 3/10. By the time I was done the full 20 treatments, my pain was down between 0.5/10 and 0/10, and has remained. Now I do all the athletic activities I did before, but now I don’t take any of them for granted!