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Prolotherapy in the Treatment of Chronic Rotator Cuff Pain

Prolotherapy is an injection-based treatment used for chronic musculoskeletal conditions as well as for bodily pains. Research studies also suggest that prolotherapy can be an effective treatment option for conditions that can cause movement dysfunction such as rotator cuff lesions. Rotator cuff lesions are one of the major causes of dysfunction and chronic shoulder pain in patients. A study published in the Journal of Orthopedics & Traumatology: Surgery & Research, aimed to explore the effectiveness of using prolotherapy to treat patients suffering from rotator cuff lesions. The study used 120 patients suffering from chronic rotator cuff lesions for a period longer than six months. The patients were divided into two groups: the control group which was treated only with exercise, and the treatment group which was treated with ultra-sound guided prolotherapy injections. The study lasted a period of twelve weeks. Both the control as well as well as the treatment group were instructed to perform an assigned set of physical exercises at home in addition to receiving their respective in-clinic treatments. The study used Visual Analog Scale, Shoulder Pain and Disability Index, Western Ontario Rotator Cuff Index, and shoulder range of motion tests to asses all participants shoulder levels of functionality prior to beginning the study, at the third week mark, sixth-week mark, twelve-week mark, and after one-year follow-up.  Out of the initial 120 participants that were recruited and approved for the study, only 101 completed all the treatments and protocols instructed and were included as part of the results. The study used a within-group comparison method to asses the results of both control and treatment groups and found that overall, both groups reported significant improvements of shoulder mobility and decrease of pain. The study also found significant differences in the Shoulder Pain and Disability Index, Western Ontario Rotator Cuff Index, and Range of motion tests results between both groups at the sixth and twelve-week assessments, with the prolotherapy group having better scores and less pain. The study concluded that prolotherapy is an effective treatment option for patients suffering from chronic rotator cuff lesions.

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Source: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1877056817300452

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Can Prolotherapy help me more than it can hurt me?

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.


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