Are you considering surgery to manage your chronic pain? Does your chronic pain have you resorting to maintenance painkillers?
Unlike surgery, injection therapy is minimally-invasive and doesn’t limit your mobility. Instead of experiencing the potentially negative side effects of pain medications, a series of small injection therapy treatments over time work to alleviate pain.
If you're looking for relief from chronic pain, it's time to explore a new alternative.
01 / PROLOTHERAPY CAN HELP
Prolotherapy is the practice of using small injections of natural solutions that helps the body to heal and repair painful and injured joints, ligaments and cartilage. By injecting a safe solution to the affected area(s), controlled local inflammation restarts the body's own healing processes. This leads to growth of normal collagen, rebuilding as well as stabilizing painful injured joints and other musculoskeletal structures. Included in all of the solutions injected, is a local anesthetic that makes the injections easier and immediately more comfortable. Treatments are usually given at 4-6 week intervals over several months or until the problem has resolved. Typically, a solution of 10-15% dextrose and 1% procaine plus other options is used, but PRP is another option that offers even more healing potential.
RECENT PROLOTHERAPY STUDIES
02 / ACCELERATED HEALING WITH PRP THERAPY
As a more advanced form of prolotherapy, PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) uses a portion of a patient's own blood to stimulate wound healing. Platelets, a type of blood cell, contain a large amount of growth factors that when applied to joints, ligaments and other connective tissues, increase tissue repair dramatically, resulting in improvement of musculoskeletal function and the reduction of pain.
03 / NERVE RESTORATION THROUGH PRI
Nerve damage and nerve entrapment, usually caused by injury, are the source of many painful conditions. A perineural regenerative injection, or PRI, is an extremely well-tolerated and effective treatment in which a 5% dextrose solution is injected just below the skin. Targeting swollen nerves as they pass through the dense tissue surrounding your muscles, the injection works to shrink the swelling. Once this constriction is relieved, the nerves can return to their normal size and function, which improves the health of the tissues they serve.
04 / ERASING MUSCLE TRIGGER POINTS
Trigger points are found within muscles and can be the cause of sudden and chronic pain. These points are anatomically different than their surrounding muscle and can be identified through their ability to produce a “local twitch response.” Once identified, Trigger Point Therapy includes treatments such as massage therapy, acupuncture, and for more resistant trigger points, local injections. These localized treatments help to relax trigger points, allowing them to disappear and break the pain spasm cycle.
KEVIN WILSON ND, DAAPM
For more than thirty years, Kevin Wilson, ND has been practicing naturopathic medicine while working to expand the understanding, recognition, and rights of the profession.
He is a graduate of the National College of Naturopathic Medicine, a former board member of the Oregon Board of Naturopathic Examiners and current Chair of the Board's Formulary Council. As a member of the Oregon Pain Management Commission and a regular contributor to numerous ad hoc committees, Dr. Wilson remains committed to his volunteerism with the State of Oregon.
His work defending the practice rights of naturopathic doctors led to the passage of a 2009 law that grants full prescription rights to NDs in Oregon. He has been recognized by the Oregon Association of Naturopathic Physicians with the Centennial Award in 2009 and the Living Legend Award in 2012.