A 64 year old female, came to Caring Medical because of constant incapacitating low back pain she had been experiencing. She reportedly sustained a back injury while on vacation a couple of weeks prior to seeing us. She described the injury as her back “snapping.” Her pain level prior to initiating treatment was a 10 out of 10. She was taking Narcotic medications for the pain, but she still was unable to function in her daily activities. She wanted to be able to care for and ride her horses, but she was unable to even bend over to care for them, let alone ride them. Interestingly, this patient was also taking immunosuppressive medications which were necessary because of a stem cell transplant.
We generally encourage patients to stop medications such as Prednisone, since they are anti-inflammatories and immunosuppressives and would be contraindicated with Prolotherapy, since the desired effect is Inflammation and healing.
Due to the patient’s condition, she needed to stay on the Prednisone. She did, however, stop taking the narcotics. After only three treatments given at 4-week intervals, the patient reported a 75% improvement. She was able to lie on her back to sleep again, and could walk without pain. She no longer had constant severe pain, however, she still noted some aching while sitting. Best of all, she was able to not only care for her horses, but was also able to ride them!