Prolotherapy or Corticosteroids Injections for Pain? – My Personal Experience

Ultrasound[1]It is been two weeks already since Dr. Hal Brown performed my last PROLOTHERAPY treatment at the Naturopathic Healing Arts in Vancouver. And I feel better. Not completely healed but better in a sense that the pain was reduced substantially. But this time was different. During my Prolotherapy injections treatment, Dr. Hal Brown with the assistance of two other experts used a new ultrasound device, to reach for difficult to access areas, such as the deep injections into my groin that connected the ligaments to my lower back areas of my chronic injuries.

In the past I found that PROLOTHERAPY regenerative injections, was a remarkable treatment for my lower back injury. Although not completely healed, the effect of injections lasted for about 18 month. This is why in 2012, I was able to get back on shape, and at the age of 50 to compete in the BC Karate Provincial Championship, with great results. By competing, I was also able to raise funds, and help some desperate kids in need for food and medical attention.

Unfortunately, the discomfort returned last year, while driving extended hours (as a park ranger). Sitting and not exercising to maintain my core strength, progressively increased my pain. But the real aching returned after two years; when in October of 2013, by sneezing several times, cut me down again with a sharp pain to my lower back.

Dr.Brown5[1]This time I was referred by my family doctor to see Dr. Macki – a sport medicine expert-and to consider the corticosteroids injections. But Dr. Macki, after a thorough examination, advised not to consider at all cortisone injections for my lower back or neck, as some of his patients get complications such as thinning of skin and soft tissue around the injection site and in some cases also rupture of nearby tendon or bone due to increased osteoporosis.

He mention that unlike cortisone injections which are effective to reduce pain, but weaken the collagen structures, PROLOTHERAPY fundamentally supports the body by stimulating the its inflammatory and recovery process so that new collagen and tissue repair can occur. As the prolotherapy regenerative injections proved to be a longer term (but still temporary) relief from pain, he advised me to do more sessions of prolotherapy, additionally to spinal manipulations and some specific physiotherapy exercises recommended to strengthen my core and to stretch and relieve pain to my groin area, which is connected by ligaments to my injured lower back.

So, back again to Dr. Hal Brown and his Prolotherapy regenerative injections. For my lower back treatment, Dr. Brown used a mixed solution of glucose, anaesthesia and Traumel – a homeopathic medicine of 14 botanical and mineral ingredients, proved in clinical trials to reduce pain and to provide specific therapeutic action and to support different phases of the healing process. AND Dr. Brown also mention that for best results, Prolotherapy works better in conjunction with core exercises, regular spinal adjustments and massage.

For some of his patients, the prolotherapy treatment was a permanent healing, while for other a temporarily, but long term pain relief and better regeneration.  Since prolotherapy uses natural substances to stimulate the “rehabilitation” of an incompetent structure by the generation of new cellular tissue, time will tell if the healing will be complete, or just temporarily.

Anyway, if someone was referred to consider corticosteroids injections for pain do your own research (by comparison) and check again with your doctor to see if this is really what you need.

Take care of yourself.


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