Frequently Asked Questions
Question: Does OMT hurt?
Question: How is osteopathic manipulative therapy similar to treatment options like prolotherapy?
Question: How is osteopathic manipulative therapy different from a massage or chiropractic procedures?
Question: Is Prolotherapy permanent?
Question: Is Prolotherapy the same as PRP?
Question: Is Prolotherapy safe?
Question: Is platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injection therapy affordable?
Question: What is platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy?
Question: What is platelet-rich plasma?
Platelet-rich plasma is blood with an increased concentration of platelets. Normally, blood contains equal amounts of platelets, red cells, and white cells. In this procedure, the platelets are separated from the red and white cells. Centrifugation then fills the plasma with platelets.
Platelets are used due to their role in blood clotting and ability to carry hundreds of growth factor proteins.
Blood is taken from the patient in order to reduce the possibility of rejection upon injection and infection.
Question: How does PRP therapy work?
Question: Is PRP therapy FDA approved?
Question: Is stem cell injection therapy FDA approved?
Question: Is stem cell injection therapy affordable?
Question: What are other regenerative injection options?
Question: What is stem cell injection therapy?
Question: What are stem cells?
Question: How does stem cell therapy work?
Question: Do Botox injections contain botulinum toxin?
Yes. Botox injections are derived from botulinum which is the toxin found in botulism.
Question: Do Botox injections work for migraines?
Yes. Botox® (onabotulinum toxin A) was licensed specifically for the treatment of migraine headaches. During the early 90s, patients started reporting an improvement in headaches while receiving botulinum toxin for other various reasons. As a paralyses of muscles, botulinum toxic inhibits chronic migraine pain by reducing the expression of certain pain pathways.
Question: What are Botox injection side effects?
Botox injections for pain are considered safe with minimal side effects when given by an experienced neurologist like Dr. Pollack. Below are possible, temporary side effects from Botox injections:
- Pain, swelling or bruising where injection was inserted
- Flu-like symptoms
- Droopy eyelids or crooked smile
- Excessive tearing or drying in eyes
Question: Is neural therapy safe?
Yes. Neural therapy is very safe. On rare occasions, an allergic reaction to procaine and lidocaine may occur. Feeling faint is also another mild side effect patients have experienced. Concerns of organ puncturing are commonly addressed. This is extremely rare. Dr. Pollack always administers injections slowly and accurately to ensure the highest level of safety in each procedure he performs.
Question: How does spinal decompression work?
Spinal decompression works from a combination of spinal positioning and a level of force. A gentle pull created by a logarithmic curve avoids a proprioceptor response which then produces the decompression. The negative pressure retracts a bulging or herniated disc into the inside of the disc and nerve root. Decompression diffuses water, oxygen and nutrient-rich fluids to the inside of the disc which promote healing.
Question: Is spinal decompression therapy painful?
Spinal decompression is typically found comfortable. Dr. Pollack will do everything in his control to make certain you are as comfortable as possible. Most patients have only reported mild cases of muscle spasms. Spinal decompression is not recommended for patients who have had a recent spinal fracture, surgical fusion or suffer from osteoporosis.
Question: Is Osteopathic manipulation effective for headaches?
Yes. Depending on the type of headache, OMT can be effective. Cervicogenic and migraine headaches respond well to Osteopathic Manipulation Therapy. It’s important to understand the source of your pain so Dr. Pollack can provide an accurate diagnosis and an effective treatment plan.
Question: Is Prolotherapy FDA approved?
The agents used in prolotherapy injections, dextrose and lidocaine, are FDA approved. However, the FDA has yet to approve Prolotherapy treatment management.
Question: How does Prolotherapy work?
Prolotherapy treatment involves stimulating the body’s natural healing process by strengthening specific joints with new connective tissue. Prolotherapy injections supply nutrients to the joint which increases blood flow. With a precise injection of a mild irritant solution, tissues are stimulated to naturally produce new growth.
Question: How long does Prolotherapy take to work?
Most patients see improvement immediately. Others start to see gradual improvement over the course of 4-6 weeks which is about the time it takes for new tissue to develop. Prolotherapy works to correct the cause of the pain directly, creating lasting results.
Question: What are alternative names for Prolotherapy?
- Regenerative Injection Therapy
- Nonsurgical ligament and tendon reconstruction
- Proliferative injection therapy
Question: How does neural therapy work?
Neural therapy is an effective treatment for pain which enhances healing and restoring the body’s autonomic nervous system. Neural therapy works to heal trauma induced body parts like scars by re-establishing the electrical impulses once present and helps to produce normal organ function.
Question: How does Prolotherapy feel?
The level of pain Prolotherapy causes varies across the board. The level of comfort patients feel will depend on the area treated and the choice of solution used. Prolotherapy is better described as mildly uncomfortable rather than painful. Dr. Pollack has years of experience administering Prolotherapy injections. This experience provides him with a higher level of expertise to ensure the utmost comfort for his patients. Mild swelling and stiffness may occur following the injections but will pass quickly and can be reduced with OTC pain relievers.