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LA_runner_chickLLA_runner_chick Posts: 91
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:02 AM in Sacroiliac (SI) Joint Problems
According to my docs, my si joint is structurally in good shape. One says he thinks the pain I'm experiencing is coming from my spondi, but I've had an SI joint block that worked like a miracle. Chiros tell me the problem is structural and mechanical -- and frankly, I'd rather try anything else before signing up for the lumbar fusion my one doc recommended.

I love the NY Times' coverage of health issues, and I found this article on prolotherapy (see below). It looks like yet another promising treatment that the traditional medical establishment is poo-pooing, much to the detriment of all of us. One of the experts the Times quoted practices in my area, so I figured I'd give it a shot. My first appt. is Friday, May 4. Anyone got experience they can share?



  • Prolo helped me with joint instability so I was not flipping out of alignment when I went to pt. After the 7th round I had an inflammatory type response so my doc didn't want to try anymore.

    I have seen the most success with other people who have had it done with flouroscope guidance. This does increase the cost. I am a mod of a large SI FB group for SIJD with 500+ members.

    Also have done SI fusion/fixation which I do NOT recommend to anyone. I had one small pain in the tush that has now tuned into 30 other areas of pain. Locking down the SIJs is a terrible idea.

    I hope you have good results with prolo. Be prepared for PS prolo if you have any type of groin pain. The pelvis is a ring shape that so if any place in that ring changes (think of a ruined or bent hula hoop that no longer spins) another spot may hurt. My prolo doc has another doc work on alignment before trying to "glue" into place. If it works for you then you can avoid fusion.
  • It's really encouraging to hear that you got some results and know others in the same boats. How was your pain through all of this -- did the shots reduce, and if so, after how long?
    Also, what is the aftercare like?

    Thanks so much!
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  • Thinking about prolotherapy. Live in NJ. Any advice? Is this not covered by most insurance?
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  • Hi,

    I have had years of prolotherapy (under a fluoroscoup and not). I did not have good results. It has been probably 8 years since my last injection. I hear it has changed but don't know how it could as the premise is the same.

    Most insurance does not cover it and is isn't cheap.

    Good luck.

    L4/L5 laminectomy, L4/L5 360 fusion with instrumentation, L1 to L5 fusion, L5/S1 fusion w/ disc replacement, left and right SI joints fused.
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  • Thanks for the response. I am a bit skeptical, and agree that it is too expensive. Sure hope I get some relief from the injection I'm getting next week. Mixed results with it, and costs me a $150 copay, but I'm getting desperate.
  • Different things work for different people. Good luck!! Its worth the expense if it works.

    L4/L5 laminectomy, L4/L5 360 fusion with instrumentation, L1 to L5 fusion, L5/S1 fusion w/ disc replacement, left and right SI joints fused.
  • I know a gal who tried it and loved it.. it really helped her immensely!! let us know how you do!
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