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Old 01-10-2003, 07:43 PM   #1
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I a 37 year old male who wore himself out with relentless sports and activity. Three years ago, I just feel apart. My hip, knee, and feet all began hurting ALOT. Over time, I couldn't work a desk job more than 4 hours a day since my hip really really hurt. Tons of the typical treatments (physical therapy, massage therapy, knee operation, cortisone shots, vioxx, celebrex, orhtodics, etc) hardly helped.

Finally, my massage therapist told me about "prolotherapy" and recommended that I go see this certain doctor. That was a year ago, and now I am 95% better. Not "cured", but my range of motion is way better and the pain is markedly reduced.

If you search around for prolotherapy on the internet, you'll find it. I saw Dr. Milne Ongley--he is the BEST doctor I've ever seen by far.

My dad was going to get a knee replacement but had Dr. Ongley perform the prolotherapy on his knee. (He had tried Synvisc with no effect.) He is now off of Celebrex and can walk pretty well for a 76 year old guy.

I no longer take any pills or wear orthodics.

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Old 01-11-2003, 03:27 PM   #2
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I had prolotherapy treatments a few years back for arthritic/bad knees.
Treatments did nothing.

 
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Old 01-11-2003, 06:19 PM   #3
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Prolotherapy is a wonderful treatment but I understand it to be for the repair of ligaments? Arthritis is not a ligamentous problem?

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Old 01-20-2003, 07:54 PM   #4
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The theory behind it is that if you inject ligaments, they grow nice, stong, and tighten up - the joint will then be able to heal itself given that things are working correctly in proper balance on and on....
sounds good in theory

 
Old 01-20-2003, 09:08 PM   #5
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Prolotherapy doesn't just heal ligament weakness, but all types of cartilage-related problems, including tendonitis.

It works great. I've undergone it for close to a year now for my knees after being disabled by patellar tendonitis. I'm close 100% now and should be able to run again sometime in the near future.

 
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How painful are the shots? A TMJ DDS recommended that I get them in my neck, but my insur. won't pay for Prolotherapy and I've read that it's very expensive. I get some relief from Acupuncture instead.

 
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Dr. Onlgey's shots don't hurt hardly at all.

I've had people who have both Dr. Ongley's and other doctor's shots tell me that Dr. Ongley's shots hurt about 1/10th as much as the other doctors.

When I was at his clinic, I did meet a person who had their TMJ worked out with exceptional results (after ineffectively spending thousands with TMJ specialists).

 
Old 05-04-2003, 02:43 AM   #8
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Prolotherapy shots can be extremely painful. The shots themselves can be very painful, and the two days following a treatment aren't fun either because of swelling.

The pain is bad, but it's definitely tolerable.

I've had treatments for over a year now, so my pain tolerance for the shots and swelling have grown incredibly high.

No pain, no gain.

 
Old 05-04-2003, 06:30 AM   #9
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This does sound good in theory. Does anyone know if it would be effective even in advanced arthritic cases where there is already joint deformation and nerve damage?

 
Old 05-16-2003, 08:01 AM   #10
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Hi, all.

I'm going in for my first prolo treatment next week, on my right knee. I hurt it about 10 months ago when I hyperextended it while jumping on a trampolene. The MRI shows a partial ACL tear, but the two surgeons I've been to don't think it's a big deal. The knee is stable when they tug on it, and the meniscus seems to be intact, too. I can still do everything with the knee, but it feels "loose" and slightly painfull when I put weight on it, which has scared me off of my favorite activity: distance running.

The prolo doctor I saw suspects that I damaged my posterior joint capsule, and plans to inject all of the ligaments of my knee. I've read all about this treatment, and the doctor even put me in touch with 2 of her other knee patients. I've made the decision to go through with the prolotherapy, but as the day nears, I'm a little scared of the pain. How bad (and how long) will it hurt? I'm also afraid of it making things worse somehow. I'm hoping that I'm nipping future knee-problems in the bud by tightening up the ligaments, since I'm only 26 and need my joints to last. Any comments would be great. Thanks!

 
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Re: Has anyone tried Prolotherapy?

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Originally Posted by steveforest
I a 37 year old male who wore himself out with relentless sports and activity. Three years ago, I just feel apart. My hip, knee, and feet all began hurting ALOT. Over time, I couldn't work a desk job more than 4 hours a day since my hip really really hurt. Tons of the typical treatments (physical therapy, massage therapy, knee operation, cortisone shots, vioxx, celebrex, orhtodics, etc) hardly helped.

Finally, my massage therapist told me about "prolotherapy" and recommended that I go see this certain doctor. That was a year ago, and now I am 95% better. Not "cured", but my range of motion is way better and the pain is markedly reduced.

If you search around for prolotherapy on the internet, you'll find it. I saw Dr. Milne Ongley--he is the BEST doctor I've ever seen by far.

My dad was going to get a knee replacement but had Dr. Ongley perform the prolotherapy on his knee. (He had tried Synvisc with no effect.) He is now off of Celebrex and can walk pretty well for a 76 year old guy.

I no longer take any pills or wear orthodics.

Check it out...
Re: Dr.Ongley Steve, I am VERY interested in talking to you about your visits to Dr. Ongley. A friend of mine here in Jackson has been seeing him for a long time for many different issues and she recommended him to me. Her whole family goes to visit his clinic in Ensenada, but I was looking for an outside, more objective, impression of what it is that he does and how much better than other prolotherapists he really is. Also, how many visits did you have to make, how long did you have to stay each time, and what would you say your total out-of-pocket expenses were for the whole deal? I have a really bad shoulder (no cartilage left, confirmed by arthroscopic exploratory surgery ), and a hip, knee, and elbow beginning to give me relatively rough time. Too many years kayaking, guiding rafts, skiing, biking, etc. and not ready to give any of it up yet. Would sincerely appreciate hearing from you. [ removed ] Thanks.

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Old 07-08-2004, 01:50 PM   #12
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Can you tell me anything more about your experiences with Dr. Ongley? I am very interested in learning more about what success people have had with him regarding joint pain, loss of cartilage, etc. I have shoulder, hip, knee issues that are on the increase as the years pass. Will look for your reply. Thanks.

 
Old 07-08-2004, 04:14 PM   #13
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Hey Guys, sorry to just "jump in" on this thread, but I have a question?

I have SI Joint Disfuction- get adjusted at the Chiropractor at least once and I used to get adjusted twice a week. My sacrim keeps turning, so I have to get adjusted and I feel better for a day and then POP! Im out of place again.

Would Prolotheraphy injections be beneficial to me?

Does a Orthop. Surgen have to inject them?

Sorry again for jumping in this thread. It just caught my eye. I was in gymnastics for 10 years, swim coach, runner in high school, played volley ball, very athletic. Then when I had my 2nd child.. POOF. I was in pain and out of commission overnight.

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