Steve Gebson* was a 63 year old male presenting with shoulder, elbow, wrist, and finger pain. He wanted to find out if prolotherapy can help. He has been multiple doctors, done numerous lab tests and imaging. Steve has seen a rheumatologist and was given the diagnosis of osetoarthritis. He was told that that there is nothing they could do to help. He was been on Naproxen for 20 plus years and was advised to continue.
Steve’s shoulder pain all started about 5 years ago when he had ruptured his bicep tendon of his left shoulder. However, his pain substantially worsen about 6 months ago. There was no new changes about 6 months ago or new injuries. He was experiencing pain with lifting and even with brushing his teeth. He was also feeling hand and arm weakness, sharp and stabbing pain with elbows and fingers.
Steve rated his pain was worst on shoulders, then wrist and fingers, and finally the elbows. His shoulder pain was 6/10 (10 being worst and reports that he has a high pain tolerance).
After initial intake, it was found that Steve was on a pretty good supplementation regimen. He takes fish oil, glucosamine and chondroitin, vitamin D, vitamin E, and a combo of calcium, magnesium, zinc and has been taking them for numerous years.
Changes were made to his supplementation protocol to tailor to his needs by the end of the visit. Prolotherapy was also performed on both shoulders.
Steve returned for a follow up visit five days later. He reported a 60% improvement with his shoulder pain. There was no pain with brushing his teeth in the morning. He was eager to try prolotherapy for his wrist and finger pain.
* Name changed for confidentially reasons.
For more information about prolotherapy or would like to schedule an appointment with Dr. Lee, please visit Seattle Naturopathic and Acupuncture Center or 206-319-5322