Prolotherapy As A Spinal Stenosis Treatment
Dr. Merson sees many patients who come in with a diagnosis of spinal stenosis. Their doctors have told them that they have a narrowing of the spinal column and that is causing pressure on the spinal cord, and/or a narrowing of the openings where spinal nerves leave the spinal column. Spinal stenosis usually occurs as a person ages and the discs become drier and start to shrink. At the same time, the bones and ligaments of the spine swell or grow larger due to arthritis or long-term swelling (inflammation).
Spinal Stenosis Symptoms
Often, symptoms will get worse slowly over time. Most often, symptoms will be on one side of the body or the other. These symptoms include:
- Cramping, or pain in the back, buttocks, thighs, or calves
- Tightness and pain in the neck, shoulders, or arms
- Weakness of part of a leg or arm
Symptoms are more likely to be present or get worse when a person stands or walks. They will often lessen or disappear when a person sits down or leans forward. Most people with spinal stenosis cannot walk for a long period of time.
The patient is convinced it is stenosis because they have an MRI that says so. However, a considerable proportion of patients may be classified incorrectly by MRI for HNP (herniated disc) and spinal stenosis.
When there is back pain, there is spinal instability. Spinal instability can be caused by weakened, loose ligaments and tendons that allow for excessive movement in the vertebrae.
Spinal Stenosis Treatment
Through the use of regenerative joint therapies, Dr. Merson rebuilds and restructures the damaged ligaments and tendons. These procedures include prolotherapy and platelet rich plasma (PRP). These techniques help stabilize the spine, which is imperative as unstable joints can lead to – or further exacerbate – the arthritis that causes spinal stenosis.
Additionally, by stabilizing the spine with these natural procedures, we reduce the symptoms and treat the underlying disease. Patients who were told that they would never be pain free without spinal fusion have successfully been treated with regenerative medicine techniques, and they’ve been pain free for a decade or more.
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