The process starts with a complete workup and diagnosis, often using laboratory tests, an MRI, a physical exam and your medical history. Once we know exactly what we’re dealing with, our doctors will prepare a special solution of dextrose and other sugars. They will then precisely and carefully inject that solution into the source of your pain. Their expertise is what leads to our high success rates.
Your body responds to the injection by inflaming the area. You might experience mild swelling or stiffness that can easily be treated with pain relievers like acetaminophen (Tylenol). Please don’t take anti-inflammatory medications like ibuprofen (Advil) and aspirin, because they can interfere with the inflammation that is part of the treatment.
Your treatment will be gradual; we will often have to perform multiple injections in order to achieve full healing. However, the good news is that the treatments themselves are simple and shouldn’t interfere with your day-to-day life.
Here’s another thing to consider: this treatment has been around a long time. As far back as 500 BC, ancient Roman doctors used hot branding irons to treat soldiers healing from shoulder dislocations. Thankfully, we’ve come a long way from those days. The modern treatment began to be developed in the 1920s and continued through the 1950s to today.
But what’s most important is that the treatment is astoundingly successful. As many as 85%-95% of patients are soon pain-free! Our patients enjoy success rates of 92%, which is on the high end of that range. Compare that to disc surgery, which only works about half the time.