I know that it seems like I spend a lot of time here but I am sitting here reading newspapers from other countries about our government. Fascinating stuff,
I did it three times. I had a work injury and it tore my ligament. I had pain from my SI to my front groin. There was a time that I considered suicide. That song from the TV show, Suicide is Painless became very appealing to me at one point.
The Prolo is very painful, but maybe that is because opiates don't work for me and they offered no alternatives. I did it w/o pain meds. I did take Xanax before going in.
Each session was one month apart. The doctor told me that he had had it done, himself, but I think that it was a sales pitch.
At one point I would have told you that I am a success story but in the past week or two, I am reconsidering that stance. I have three synovial cysts in the area where the Prolo was done. They hurt. The doctors have said that they were the result of an injury. I am not sure if they were caused by the Prolo or the initial injury.
I had lax ligaments due to the injury (push/twist of 2000 immovable pounds of equipment). I did everything I could to remedy this before going for Prolo. That was my last hope short of surgery to tighten them up. My pelvis was constantly out of alignment, causing me pain. It felt like a sharp knife jabbing in my SI, spine, hip and groin.
When I was done, the ligaments were tight. They do both sides for symetry (sp?).
But, my primary seems to think that they overtightened my right side, the side that was injured.
The recovery was pure he**. They prescribed pain killers but they didn't work. I tend to believe the primary because I do get relief when I take muscle relaxers. I try not to take them because I don't want to become addicted.
I can't say that I would suggest Prolo to anyone at this point. There is a lot of hype out there about it and I have met a lot of people who swear by it, but I am still iffy on it.
Like I said, I came away with tight ligaments but maybe too tight on one side and now I have these cysts that I didn't have before. They just found a new one on the last visit to the PT. They are right in the line of the Prolo shots.
If your children are seriously considering having it done, I would not choose anyone unless they have years and years of experience. Since it is rather an old technique, there have to be doctors out there who have more experience than the one who did my back.
My doctor is a spine specialist. I thought that that meant something. I found out that it means that he had a sign made up and that any one can hang that name out on a shingle and do Prolo if they are an MD or DO.
What it means to me is, they figured out that the number one problem in medicine these days, the number one health problem that is breaking the economy, the biggest reason for people calling in sick or going to emergency rooms, back pain. The doctors who do this, usually do this, exclusively and study under the same doctor. He wrote, Pain, Pain, Go Away, and Back Pain No More.
There is big bucks to be made in Prolo. People, such as myself are willing to go to any lengths to put an end to back pain. I am not sure if I was a sucker or not. The jury is still out on that one.
I have read that some people go for as many as 60 visits. They cost upwards of $400 per visit. Insurance doesn't cover it. I had to pay cash and then I found out that he billed my insurance and collected on it as Trigger Point Injections. Shady?
Be really careful. If it sounds too good to be true, it must be.
Research, research, research. Find out if most of the doctor's patients are car accident cases. Ask to see his medical records if he/she says that they speak from personal experience. And, don't be as naive as I was and sign a waiver. I can't believe that I signed one. But, I did.
He hit a nerve. I jumped off of the table. I am not sure if that nerve will ever heal. I can only hope.
Alll of this sounds so pessimistic, but I wish that I had read more negative experiences before I did it. I read for days and days.
All I can say is *do your homework*.
Once your ligaments become lax, there is not much you can do short of fusion, surgery to pull them together and cut out the slack and Prolo. Get a lot of opinions. Most doctors have never heard of it.
My doctor did not tell me that you have to do extensive PT while undergoing the therapy so that you don't heal in the wrong alignment. Once you heal, that is it. I now have scolliosis. I pull to the right. It was like dominioes falling. I was favoring the right side because of the injury, the cysts hurt on the right side and I healed too tight on that side. My other doctor explained it to me like tightening the lug bolts on your tires. I needed to have PT at the same time. No one mentioned this to me.
If you have any more questions feel free to ask. Today, I would say no to Prolo. Yesterday, I would have said yes. Who knows what tomorrow will bring. I am still trying to figure it out.