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
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Millions suffer from joint or back injuries and live with chronic pain. But relief is possible, and Dr Joseph Valdez can show them how to achieve it. By carefully analysing a wide range of treatment options and focusing on prolotherapy, this book offers hope for permanent healing. For many people with soft tissue injuries (eg: ligament and tendon injuries), the best solution is prolotherapy, a series of drug free injections into and around injured joints to stimulate the body's natural healing response and repair and strengthen tendons and ligaments. Dr Valdez explains prolotherapy in detail and also discusses other modern, safe, and effective treatments that have helped thousands of patients live pain free lives. With a sympathetic tone and a conversational style well-suited to the layperson, the book guides readers through the process of understanding their bodies, their injuries, their pain, and their treatment options, including physical therapy, acupuncture, massage therapy, platelet-rich plasma injections, surgery, and others. With its balanced, integrative approach, this book will tap into the massive audience of those who wish to explore the most promising new therapies in their 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.


What It Means to Be Injured
Understanding Your Pain
Taking the First Steps Toward Healing
Tests What Do They Really Show?
Options for Treating Pain
Noninvasive Options for Treating the Injury
Regenerative Injection Therapies
The Prolotherapy Path
How Prolotherapy Can Treat Specific Conditions
Finding a Prolotherapy Provider
Why News of Prolotherapy Hasnt Spread
Letter from C Everett Koop

Surgery The Option of Last Resort

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About the author (2009)

Dr. Valdez is a native of Houston, Texas, and has been practicing medicine in the area since 1992. He is a member of the American Medical Association and the American Academy of Family Physicians and has a master's degree in exercise physiology. He has a strong commitment to preventative medicine in an effort to maintain his patients' health and well-being. He devotes his free time to his community and four children.

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