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Prolothreapy for lumbar/sacral instability

Hey I am new to this forum and am here looking for advice as I am sure everyone else is also.
Long story short I'm a 29yr old male had a very active lifestyle until I suffered a herniated L5S1 3 years ago. Non invasive treatments were unsuccessful and I underwent a lumbar Discectomy. The operation totally relieved my leg pain but I have suffered terrible lumbar instability which is increasing ever since. I also have a pars defect and spondyloythesis at L5. I have tried a comprehensive pilates program, osteopathy, swimming etc still with increasing instability and episodes of SIJ slippages. I am about to under go 6 weeks of prolothreapy I was wondering if anyone had any experiences with this treatment and if unsuccessful I am staring down the barrel of a fusion which I have mixed thoughts about. Has anyone had a fusion for similar presentations and if so was it successful? Thanks for your time cheers!


  • have a slippage of one vertebre over another, then prolotherapy is not going to fix that since that is a mechanical/alignment problem. Fusion is the only way that I know of to repair that type of issue.
    Prolotherapy is injection of dextrose and water, to irritate the muscles around an area and there is no way that that option is going to work to treat an alignment problem. I'm sorry.
  • Just curious how you ended up and you mentioned you have SIJ slippages, how do you know that you have that? I have been fighting severe back "outages" I'll call them for almost 2 years.. had PT, Epidural Steroids, nerve blocks.. you name it.. but about every 4-6 weeks my back goes out and i can't walk for about 3 days, feels broken. all MRI and xrays dont really show anything horrible other than some herniated discs, partial congenital fusion and 15degree or so levoscoliotic deformity..nothing "mind blowing" from what they say. One doc says i need 6 months of prolotherephy (15-30 injections every 4 weeks) to strengthen my ligaments ..he says my ligaments are not holding my spine together any longer but its not showing on films any misalignment??? curious about your conditions and diagnosis too.
  • Interesting, My son has chronic problems with his ligaments/tendons in his ankles, and I read they have been having success with it there, I am wondering about healing and scar tissue, I have had several "healing" procedures that have cause an increase in scar tissue and immobility.
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