When pain in your back, shoulders and knees get to be too much, you may not be able to participate in your favorite activities. Joint pain from sports injuries, degenerative diseases or surgical aftereffects often feels like knives shooting through your limbs.
- Do you feel like you have limited options for pain relief: either medication or surgery? Would you prefer to avoid the consequences and side effects they bring? Consider natural treatments at ReBalance, such as prolotherapy. Discover how it works.
- Curious about regenerative joint medicine and its ability to treat pain naturally? Integrative medicine is gaining popularity amid great success in NYC. Learn more about it.
Are you ready to get back in the game and play better than ever? Can you visualize yourself pain-free? Want to run in Central Park again without having to lay up iced for a week? Check out the advantages of prolotherapy and what NY
Four in 20 Men
If you suffer from chronic back pain, you’re not alone. Close to 20 percent of men in the United States suffer from chronic pain. That figure includes those who’ve suffered sports injuries and the slowly progressive conditions such as chronic pain, arthritis and osteoporosis.
Prolotherapy is a procedure that uses injections to treat the damage in your tendons and ligaments. The “prolo” in prolotherapy stands for proliferation, which means the treatment gently encourages your own body’s tissues and cells to grow or proliferate to heal the damage and relieve your pain.
Prolotherapy Cost and Benefits
When tendons and ligaments in your joints become torn or stretched, the joint is destabilized and unable to support your movements with the ease you expect. The cost, besides the pain, is losing the ability to move that joint easily. Without proper treatment, you may eventually need surgery or even joint replacement.
Your doctor at ReBalance explain the prolotherapy cost in terms of getting your life back. We can work within your budget to provide the treatments, which are typically spread out over three to six months, depending on how many treatments you need. Prolotherapy cost varies, as many men average between four and 10 injections over two or three-week intervals.
How It Works
The ingredients in the prolotherapy injections are made with a special sauce we like to call your body’s natural healing juices. As you age, your body stops sending healing stem cells to the sites of your joint damage. The injections are designed to stir up your cells and make your natural healing cells take notice of the pain they’ve been missing.
Following an injection that’s composed of your own stem calls, painkillers and possibly platelet rich plasma, the area becomes irritated with a low-grade inflammatory condition. The healing properties then activate to do what they’re intended to do: create new collagen and connective tissue. Once the new growth is complete, your injury is healed and your pain subsides.
The Prolotherapy Process
During your initial visit, your doctor at ReBalance in NYC begins with standard medical questions to reveal your medical and lifestyle history. If you’ve joined the ReBalance 360 program, services designed to improve your overall health, you may qualify for a battery of tests that help your doctor determine the best prolotherapy ingredients for you. In addition to x-rays and blood tests, other options include:
- Total body assessments
- Genetic tests
- Brain and mind assessments
- Nutritional consult
- Weight assessment
Once the tests are complete and your doctor has a complete understanding of where it hurts most and what goals you hope to accomplish, the area meant for treatment is given a local anesthesia to numb it. A small needle is used to insert the unique, individually created prolotherapy ingredients next to your damaged joint.
Potential Side Effects
Compared to the pain you’ve been experiencing, the prolotherapy cost and side effects are minimal. Side effects may include:
- Mild pain for a couple days following an injection
- Allergic reaction or intense pain, which are very rare
- Swelling at the injection site
You can take steps to relieve the discomfort that can last up to two weeks after each injection. We’ll provide you with tips for dealing with specific reactions, such as:
- Use ice as needed for 20-minute intervals
- Avoid strenuous exercise
- Do some moderate walking
- Take over-the-counter pain relievers, but no anti-inflammatory medications
- Physical therapy
Expect results worth the prolotherapy cost that include:
- Stronger tendons and ligaments
- Elimination or drastic reduction in pain
- Less chance of injury recurrence
- Return to normal functions and activity, pain-free
- Ability to rely on prolotherapy for years, as needed