Neural Prolotherapy – Treatment for Low Back Pain
Low back pain can be caused by a number of reasons. The lumbar spine, or low back, is a remarkably well-engineered structure of interconnecting bones, joints, nerves, ligaments, and muscles all working together to provide support, strength, and flexibility. However, this complex structure also leaves the low back susceptible to injury and pain.
The low back supports the weight of the upper body and provides mobility for everyday motions such as bending and twisting. Muscles in the low back are responsible for flexing and rotating the hips while walking, as well as supporting the spinal column. Nerves in the low back supply sensation and power the muscles in the pelvis, legs, and feet.
Most acute low back pain results from injury to the muscles, ligaments, joints, or discs. The body also reacts to injury by mobilizing an inflammatory healing response. While inflammation sounds minor, it can cause severe pain.
There is a significant overlap of nerve supply to many of the discs, muscles, ligaments, and other spinal structures, and it can be difficult for the brain to accurately sense which is the cause of the pain. For example, a degenerated or torn lumbar disc can feel the same as a pulled muscle – both creating inflammation and painful muscle spasm in the same area. Muscles and ligaments heal rapidly, while a torn disc may or may not. The time course of pain helps determine the cause.
What is Neural Prolotherapy
Neural prolotheraphy is a non-invasive treatment used to treat neuropathic (pain which is caused specifically by injury or dysfunction of the nerves or the nervous system). It promote healing of injured nerves and restoration of tissue function by injecting medical grade sugar just below the skin. Both traditional prolotherapy and neural prolotherapy promote healing and result in pain relief and function restoration, but each uses different concentrations of dextrose and different techniques for injections. Neural prolotherapy injections are applied at multiple points just below the surface of the skin to target subcutaneous nerves to reduce neurogenic inflammation.
If you are unsure if Neural Prolotherapy is right for you, call to schedule a consultation with one of our doctors. (855) 684-3740