You never know where inspiration will come from!
A hidden gem sat nestled on a shelf in the health section of a trendy bookstore. Desperately searching for advice on how to relieve my chronic back pain this blue, dated and gently worn medical textbook didn’t belong.
Intrigued, I paged through and landed on a treatment called Sclerotherapy. Traced back to ancient times, Sclerotherapy comes from the Greek word “hardening” and involves injecting a stimulant into vein walls causing them to shrink.
This treatment was also given to elite Olympic athletes to heal soft tissue injuries. It struck a cord. Instinctively I felt this could help my unstable spine.
Leaving the book behind, I rushed home to research more.
There was only one article online, referring to the treatment as Prolotherapy: an injection based non-surgical treatment for weak ligaments and musculoskeletal pain.
Despite a paucity of information, and only one trained doctor in the tri-state area, I wanted in. My only question to the needle-happy practitioner was, “how’s your aim, sir?” He replied, “haven’t missed yet.” The rest is history.
Prolotherapy helped stabilize my joints for over a decade. It improved my functioning, lessened my pain and kept me working for years. It provided a road map and gave me comfort beyond the physical.
So…whatever happened to that mysterious textbook? Gone! I went back to the bookstore the next day and asked the saleswoman where I might find this treasure. She said, “there is no such book, we wouldn’t carry something like that here.” The Universe clearly had my back!
Note: While I wouldn’t advise indiscriminately choosing an invasive treatment, “Prolo” was the right choice at the right time for me. It was not a magic bullet but a great bridge to recovery.
Disclaimer: Sharing my personal experience with Prolotherapy is not meant as an endorsement either way. I am not authorized to give medical advice.
- Have you tried non-traditional treatments?
- How do you decide what’s right for you?