Answers to some of your questions regarding Proliferative therapy
1. I HAVE NOT HEARD OF PROLIFERATIVE THERAPY BEFORE. WHY? Answer: Proliferative therapy is not taught in most medical schools. Unless a doctor has taken the extra training required to be an effective proliferative therapy doctor they may not be aware of the beneficial effects of proliferative therapy. At times, one proliferative therapy procedure may take up to an hour and many clinics cannot afford to take this amount of time for one patient. They base their practice in volume and have to run as many patients as possible in and out of the office in any single day. At times you are treated by a physician extender and don’t even see the doctor at all. Also, many doctors and patients want a “quick fix” as provided with medications. Lastly, most insurance companies consider it “investigational” and “alternative”, and it is not covered by your policy.
2. WHAT SIDE EFFECTS CAN I EXPECT? Answer: Side effects of proliferative therapy injections are usually minimal and may include temporary soreness, stiffness and occasional bruising in the injection site. To relief the discomfort non-anti-inflammatory over the counter pain medication such as Tylenol may be taken as needed. Do not take Advil, Aleve, BC powder, Mobic, Celebrex and the like since these interfere with Proliferative therapy.
3. DOES PROLOTHERAPY HURT? Answer: The amount of discomfort varies. It depend upon each patient and their individual condition, Normally females are more tolerant to proliferative therapy injections than men.
4. CAN PROLIFERATIVE THERAPY CURE ALL ISSUES? Answer: Of course not. No single treatment modality is capable of treating all conditions and proliferative therpy is no exception. Additionally it is not an overnight cure.
5. IS PROLOTHERAPY THE SAME AS CORTISONE INJECTIONS? Answer: No it is not. Cortisone is a steroid and stops the inflammatory process and prevents tissue healing. Cortisone is not part of the proliferative therapy injection.
6. WHAT SOLUTIONS ARE USED? Answer: A typical proliferant solution consists of Lidocaine (an anesthetic), 50% dextrose (a sugar solution), and methycobalamine (B12). Sodium morrhuate may be added to increase the proliferative effects but this last ingredient increases the risks and we hardly use it.
7. IS PROLIFERATIVE THERAPY SAFE? Answer: Yes, is very, very safe when performed by an MD or DO trained in proliferative therapy. Procedures are always carried out using sterile techniques and either fluoroscopic or ultrasound guidance. Each patient’s condition is unique and individualized.
8. HOW MANY TREATMENTS ARE NEEDED? Answer: The number of treatments varies and will depend upon the severity of the problem and their unique condition. The average person usually receives 4-6 treatments, with some needing more and some needing less. Treatments are normally given every 3 to 4 weeks apart on a decreasing basis. Maintenance treatments may be needed from time to time.
References about Proliferative therapy
There will be those out there that will tell you that there are no references about proliferative therapy or that it is experimental or that it does not work. Those statements are due to the fact that they have no clue or experience with proliferative therapy because they have no training in it. Just pure ignorance. Here are just a few of the references available.
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