The sacroiliac (SI) joint consists of the ilium of the pelvis and the bony sacrum, which are held together by strong, ligamentous tissue.
Online PR News – 11-November-2012 – Los Angeles – November 9th, 2012 — The SI joint is considered a synarthrotic joint, which sees little movement between bones. Though devoid of a large range of motion, some shifting occurs between the ilium bones and the sacrum; too much or too little leads to pain and localized swelling. Standard treatments include steroid injections around the affected join; however, the amount of steroid injections per year is limited due to side effects. Fortunately, prolotherapy injections work as effectively, last longer and can be used more often.
Healing begins with inflammation, a process that causes an influx of regenerative cells, fibers and growth factors into an affected area. Prolotherapy injections consist of a solution, which is largely dextrose, that enhances the body’s own ability to heal itself.
Prolotherapy triggers the inflammation response. The inflammation that results from the needle insertions as well as the solution promote self-healing in the area. As a result, patients can experience relief from pain and strengthening of ligaments and tendons in the area.
A 2010 study published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine compared prolotherapy injections to steroid injections in patients with SI joint pain. Both types of injections reduced pain in the majority of patients; prolotherapy’s pain relief lasted longer, however.
The fact that prolotherapy injections consist of natural substances and work with the body’s natural processes are important considerations for physicians offering non-surgical traditional and alternative treatment methods.
At the Orthohealing Center in Los Angeles, California, doctors utilize prolotherapy as well as other injections to manage pain, inflammation and injury. These therapies can be used in conjunction with standard treatments and surgeries to enhance patient results.
About the Orthohealing Center
Founded by Steven Sampson, D.O., the Orthohealing Center is a comprehensive Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation facility specializing in non-surgical orthopedics and sports medicine. The facility’s three doctors are leaders in orthopedic medicine, providing patients with the most advanced natural treatment options available.