Mon 16 Jul, 2012 07:12 pm
If my ligament laxity is caused by my age (menopausal), and if the prolotherapy should actually work, will it just be a matter of time before the ligaments loosen again? I am 53 and for the last year or so my joints are acting like they are held together by jello. So if I get prolotherapy in my joints and it works........will the ligaments eventually loosen up again because whatever caused them to become so loose in the first place (hormones?) are still there? Thank you for your answer.
I tried it 18 yrs ago and it wasted my money and did nothing for my back problems. Also, I no one that was helped by it. My advice is be very cautious.
"Prolotherapy is also known as "proliferation therapy," "regenerative injection therapy," or "proliferative injection therapy". It involves injecting an otherwise non-pharmacological and non-active irritant solution into the body, generally in the region of tendons or ligaments for the purpose of strengthening weakened connective tissue and alleviating musculoskeletal pain.
It is thought to do so by re-initiating the inflammatory process that deposits new additional fibers to repair a perceived injury. Once strengthened, the weak areas would no longer send pain signals. Three randomized controlled trials have shown that prolotherapy is not an effective monotherapy."
"Major medical insurance policies do not cover the treatment. The US Medicare system does not cover prolotherapy despite reviews of the policy which took place in September 1992 and September 1999, after practitioners demanded them. The reviewers determined that practitioners had not provided "any scientific evidence on which to base a [different] coverage decision," and so retained Medicare's current coverage policy, but expressed willingness to reconsider if presented with results of "further studies on the benefits of prolotherapy. "
Yah...thats what I say! What the heck is happening to me? I admit, having to sit at my job for 10 hours a day doesn't help. I do exercise (walk and weights) for an hour 4 days a week but its getting harder and harder to do. Anyway, thanks for the input.
Have you seen a rheumatologist? Or at least an internist?