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Archive for the 'Injection (Prolotherapy)' Category

Treating tennis elbow with prolotherapy

Friday, September 2nd, 2011

Researchers at the Lahey Clinic, in Burlington, Massachusetts, compared prolotherapy vs corticosteroid injection to treat tennis elbow (chronic lateral epicondylosis).

Prolotherapy involves injecting an otherwise inactive irritant into the body to strengthen weakened connective tissue and alleviate pain. (more…)

Injection therapy for low back pain

Sunday, December 6th, 2009

This Cochrane review has received several comments and goes back to the top of the queue.

It covers injection therapy for patients with subacute or chronic low back pain. (more…)

CAM and diabetes: An update of recent studies

Saturday, November 1st, 2008

The World Health Organization has predicted a 39% rise in the worldwide prevalence of diabetes by 2030. And an article in The Lancet indicates this might be an underestimation.

Since November is Diabetes Month, here’s a round-up of CAM options for people with diabetes from 2006 through March 2007.

Cochrane reviews injection therapy for low back pain

Monday, July 28th, 2008

The reviewers conclude, “There is insufficient evidence to support the use of injection therapy in subacute and chronic low-back pain.” (more…)

Dolly Parton has back pain

Tuesday, February 12th, 2008

It’s so bad that she canceled her concert tour.

Here’s the state-of-the-art (not including pharmacology and surgery) for treating lower back pain (LBP) from the North American Spine Society. (more…)

Treating chronic low back pain with prolotherapy

Sunday, January 6th, 2008

Prolotherapy involves injecting an otherwise non-pharmacological and non-active irritant solution into the body — generally in the region of tendons or ligaments — to strengthen weakened connective tissue and alleviate musculoskeletal pain.

A group of American researchers reviewed the evidence and found it lacking. (more…)

Prolotherapy and low-back pain

Saturday, July 14th, 2007

When combined with spinal manipulation, exercise, and other co-interventions, prolotherapy may improve chronic low-back pain and disability.

Think of it as complementary therapy for complementary therapy. (more…)

Using CAM to complement conventional pain treatments

Saturday, July 14th, 2007

Researchers from Bastyr University in Seattle, Washington survey the use of CAM among people with chronic pain and wonder “whether opioids can be reduced by introducing such therapies.” (more…)