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Prolotherapy

Posted by Sylvia on October 23, 1998 at 13:16:41:

Dear Walt,
Have you ever heard of a Dr. William J. Faber who has written a book called "Pain,Pain,Go Away"? I would like to know if you have knowledge about Prolotherapy. I found an article by this doctor on the web. http://www.prolotherapy.com/articles/fabernstljr.htm. The title is Non-Surgical Tendon, Ligament and Joint Reconstruction.
I am interested because I have low back pain. (I have your book and still have not found a consistant time to do relaxation.) The jist of the prolotherapy is that the ligaments are tightened up so the bones of the joint are held in place so they don't grind so much.

There are very few doctors who have been trained in this method. I guess this is why not much is known about prolotherapy.

Sylvia


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Re: Prolotherapy

Posted by trish on October 23, 1998 at 18:09:14:

In Reply to: Prolotherapy posted by Sylvia on October 23, 1998 at 13:16:41:

Hi, Sylvia.

My doctor specializes in Prolotherapy. He is in the Chicago area and has a web page at http://www.caringmedical.com/
There is some info on his page about it. He, too has written a book called "Prolo your Pain Away" and is, I believe working on another book specifically targeted toward sports injuries.

I have not needed that type of help, luckily, so don't know too much about it... but thought I'd let you know about my doc...

be well,
trish


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Re: Prolotherapy

Posted by Irene in TX on October 23, 1998 at 20:22:18:

In Reply to: Prolotherapy posted by Sylvia on October 23, 1998 at 13:16:41:

Sylvia,
I read that book too, and I was so excited by it that I tried prolotherapy for my own chronic pain. I had a set of treatments by two different doctors, both supposedly experts in the field.
The injections were painful, expensive, and time-consuming, and they didn't help me at all. Each of the two doctors suggested a boggling array of supplements to help with the healing process, which were also very expensive.
I do believe some people have been helped by prolotherapy, but it isn't a cure-all by any means. I know one person who claims the injections made her condition even worse.
Best of luck to you.
Irene



Re: Prolotherapy

Posted by Walt Stoll on October 24, 1998 at 12:12:46:

In Reply to: Prolotherapy posted by Sylvia on October 23, 1998 at 13:16:41:

Dear Sylvia,

Even if Prolotherapy worked for you, without the relaxation, it would likely recur---------one of the problems with ALL surgical approaches to this problem (make no mistake, Prolotherapy IS a surgical approach by definition).

Prolotherapy has been around for at least 40 years since I was taught about it in medical school. It is less traumatic than the conventional surgical approach but has many of the same complications & % results.

We just had a long discussion, on this BB this month, about people avoiding the most important approach to wellness (for them) until the very last. You seem to fit that pattern.

Walt




Re: Prolotherapy

Posted by Sylvia on October 25, 1998 at 07:15:52:

In Reply to: Re: Prolotherapy posted by trish on October 23, 1998 at 18:09:14:

My thanks to Walt, Irene and Trish. I really appreciate the feedback. The author makes the treatment sound so great and doesn't talk about the negative aspects. This is a very informative BB.
Sylvia



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