Prolotherapy for back pain usually involves treating ligaments and joint spaces in the spine and/or hip by injecting small amounts of a medicated solution.
There are a lot of options, and thus a lot of choices and decisions, when it comes to choosing pain injections. Epidural Steroid Injections. Medial branch nerve blocks. Radiofrequency neurotomy. Prolotherapy. It can be confusing. Each have their own purposes, risks, benefits, and side-effects. Knowing how each works gives you an advantage against your pain.
Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA)
Radiofrequency ablation (RFA) is a minimally invasive procedure that is performed at a doctor’s office or a hospital. Pain relief after RFA is typically experienced 1 to 3 weeks after the injection.
A medial branch nerve block can help relieve pain from facet joint nerves, but there are risks, possible complications, and other positive and negative factors with the injection.
Sacroiliac (SI) Joint Injections
A sacroiliac (SI) joint injection is used to diagnose and treat pain stemming from the SI joint. These injections may be given around the joint or within the joint.
A sacroiliac joint injection is used either to diagnose or treat low back and/or leg pain associated with sacroiliac joint dysfunction.
Learn about the possible side effects and risks of a sacroiliac joint injection procedure.