Healing Back and Joint Injuries: A Proven Approach to Ending Chronic Pain and Avoiding Unnecessary Surgery

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Greenleaf Book Group, 2009 - Health & Fitness - 258 pages
If you have a soft tissue injury, you face a confusing array of choices for your treatment, including the possibility of surgery. By carefully analyzing the treatments available to you, Healing Joint and Back Injuries offers hope for permanent healing. This book will guide you through the process of understanding your inquiries, your pain, and your options. And if you've tried a variety of treatments and haven't found relief, prolotherapy may be your best choice.

With its balances, integrative approach, Healing Back and Joint Injuries will help you explore the most promising new therapies in your search for true healing and lasting relief from chronic pain.

 

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"Healing Back and Joint Injuries" by Joseph Valdez, MD
Review by Kathie Albertson, L. Ac.
Dr. Valdez discusses the effectiveness of prolo therapy- a natural healing method used via injection of natural substances to support and rebuild ligaments and tissue.
Prolo therapy has been around since the 1940's. Wikipedia states: "Proliferative Injection Therapy involves injecting an otherwise non-pharmacological and non-active irritant solution into the body, generally in the region of tendons or ligaments for the purpose of strengthening weakened connective tissue and alleviating musculoskeletal pain. It is also known as "proliferation therapy" or "regenerative injection therapy." As of 2005, the Mayo Clinic began supporting prolotherapy. They first learned of prolotherapy through C. Everett Koop's interest in the treatment. Mayo Clinic doctors list the areas that are most likely to benefit from prolotherapy treatment: ankles, knees, elbows, and the sacroiliac joint located in the lower back. They report that "unlike corticosteroid injections -- which may provide temporary relief -- prolotherapy involves improving the injected tissue by stimulating tissue growth."
This book encourages use of natural healing methods. It describes what pain and injury does to the body and how we can permanently heal this damage.
Why isn't it used by modern medicine? It's simple--- it is cheap and effective! Pharmaceutical companies, orthopedic, or physical therapy offices don't profit as much from using this therapy.
As a practitioner of acupuncture and holistic medicine, I personally used it and it worked unbelievably well on pain I had from 3 degenerated discs. It worked better for me than disc decompression. Does it work for everybody...of course not... I know of nothing that works for everyone, but I feel it should be incorporated along with, or before steroid injections, which are hard on your liver and kidneys.
This book will better help you understand your options. I was thrilled to see it on the book shelves.
Prolo has no knows side effects. I encourage you to learn more about it from this book and to seek out those doctors that use it. Avoid unnecessary surgery! And get back the quality of life you deserve.
I received a complimentary copy for review.
 

Contents

What It Means to Be Injured
11
Understanding Your Pain
43
Taking the First Steps Toward Healing
59
Tests What Do They Really Show?
79
Options for Treating Pain
97
Noninvasive Options for Treating the Injury
113
Regenerative Injection Therapies
129
The Prolotherapy Path
143
How Prolotherapy Can Treat Specific Conditions
191
Finding a Prolotherapy Provider
215
Why News of Prolotherapy Hasnt Spread
217
Letter from C Everett Koop
232
GLOSSARY
233
REFERENCES
247
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
251
INDEX
253

Surgery The Option of Last Resort
165

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