Monday, January 14, 2008

Southbay Girl goes to Prolotheraphy Appt #3

Prolotheraphy ROCKS! Don't get me wrong-there is slight discomfort involved in the actual injections and then slight residual pain afterwards-but you know what even the pain lessons after each appointment! If you notice, my foot isn't as swollen as it was on the past pictures~Not as many injections today. I'm absolutely thrilled with the results so far! I can't tell you what a feeling it is to go for a run and be out of breathe instead of being in tears because the pain in my foot is so bad! Each day gets better and better.

As for the burning in my arch and the blister-Dr. Fields thinks it might be because there are changes occurring in my foot~he gave me a very thin wrap to wrap around my foot in the arch area and that should help. I won't know anything for a couple of days~not running tonight nor am I running tomorrow...must give my foot a rest! But I do have a pilates class tomorrow~no pressure on my foot there!

Thank you Dr Fields. You are a rockstar!

On a side note-yeah I know I have big feet! No telling anyone!

For all of you that are wondering...what the hell Prolotheraphy is:

The treatment is useful for many different types of musculoskeletal pain, including arthritis, back pain, neck pain, fibromyalgia, sports injuries, unresolved whiplash injuries, carpal tunnel syndrome, chronic tendonitis, partially torn tendons, ligaments and cartilage, degenerated or herniated discs, TMJ and sciatica.

First, it is important to understand what the word prolotherapy itself means. "Prolo" is short for proliferation, because the treatment causes the proliferation (growth, formation) of new ligament tissue in areas where it has become weak.

Ligaments are the structural "rubber bands" that hold bones to bones in joints. Ligaments can become weak or injured and may not heal back to their original strength or endurance. This is largely because the blood supply to ligaments is limited, and therefore healing is slow and not always complete. To further complicate this, ligaments also have many nerve endings and therefore the person will feel pain at the areas where the ligaments are damaged or loose.

Tendons are the name given to tissue which connects muscles to bones, and in the same manner tendons may also become injured, and cause pain.

Prolotherapy uses a dextrose (sugar water) solution, which is injected into the ligament or tendon where it attaches to the bone. This causes a localized inflammation in these weak areas which then increases the blood supply and flow of nutrients and stimulates the tissue to repair itself.

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