We recently received an email from a patient who had received fusion surgery in her back due to scoliosis as a child…she is now suffering with pain that she feels is coming from her SI joint and wonders if Prolotherapy would help her.
Dr. Ross Hauser responds…
As you know I am not a big fan of fusions unless absolutely necessary. The problem with a surgical fusion is that once the two, three or in your case 8 vertebrae are fused, the forces get transmitted above and below the fusion. Eventually these vertebral segments or in your case sacroiliac joints break down and start causing pain. Let me preface this all by saying there are times, like in scoliosis (especially childhood), where fusion is necessary (to stop the scoliosis from restricting breathing for instance). So what can Prolotherapy do in your case, Pam?
You feel the pain is coming from your sacroiliac joint and I suspect you are right. Prolotherapy works great for sacroiliac pain, dysfunction or ligament laxity. Degenerative low backs from degenerative arthritis, spondylisthesis, spinal stenosis,spondylosis, spondylolysis all typically respond great to Prolotherapy. I would add that Prolotherapy I believe is the best alternative treatment for low back pain. As a Prolotherapy Doctor, chronic low back pain is one of the conditions that responds the best to Prolotherapy.
Prolotherapy for post-fusion pain has a high success rate. Anyone who has had a fusion and then subsequently had either low back, thoracic or neck pain, most likely has had the weight transfer or force transfer to the areas below or above the level of the fusion. These are the typical areas treated with Prolotherapy.
Pam, if you want to get rid of your pain, I recommend you come to Caring Medical in Oak Park Illinois for Prolotherapy. If you have any questions or concerns, please email me at email@example.com.