Dear. Dr. B,
I am writing you to update you on the progress of my chronic lateral epicondylitis. At our last conversation, I had mentioned that I was opting for Prolotherapy vs. Surgical intervention. The reason for my decision was financial, have to rest post-surgery for up to 12 weeks. I couldn’t imagine closing my practice for that amount of time and retaining my patient base. Even with a practice relief doctor, the results would have been catastrophic. You were very honest in our conversation and expressed doubt that Prolotherapy would benefit me. I appreciated, and still do, the honest and good natured conversation we had on that day. You may recall, one of the last things you said was, “Call me when you’re all better so I can hear about your success.” and you wished me best of luck,.
Well, I’m ready to update you on my progress and will go into detail on my treatment and ancillary care.
I have been treating with Dr. Mark Wheaton in Excelsior, MN, on Lake Minnetonka. I am including excerpts from Dr. Wheaton’s bio on his website. (The bio is not included on this part of the letter.)
The reason I included this bio is because I really believe there are different levels of expertise in Prolotherapy, including protocols and techniques. I also believe this is why there is a less than 70% success rate in Prolotherapy patients. I went to the clinic with those numbers in mind but was told by his staff that they had never seen anyone not be helped by Dr. Wheaton.
I will now describe my therapy. My first treatment was June 12 of this year. It consisted of palpation examination, followed by a series of 30-40 injections into the tendons and musculature associated with lateral epicondylitis. I remember him discussing the radial collateral ligament as crucial area to treat. The injections consisted of primarily Dextrose and lidocaine. He explained the lidocaine let him know if he hit the right spot, palpating the area after injection (which was then painless). He describes his method as “peppering” the area, to be sure to “hit” all the needed sites. His regiment then required me to take a large number of dietary supplements, to provide building blocks for tissue repair. He had me use OrthoMolecular products: Prolomax (now MSM 900), Soft Tissue Support packets, and Mitocore. The following restrictions were placed on me: no anti-inflammatory medicine, no icing of the affected area. I can take Tylenol for pain and use hot packs for comfort. He does allow ultrasound therapy. I was only to use a sleeve type brace during work, no band.
At the first visit, he said series of treatments would be necessary for, what he expected, total resolution of the lateral epicondylitis. He estimated 10 treatments over 10 month for completion. I have undergone 5 sessions, with varying lengths of time between them. At first my treatments were 2-3 weeks apart. Currently I am 6 weeks between visits.
On June 12, I reported the pain in the elbow at a constant 8/10 in severity. There was noticeable improvement after the second treatment and continued improvement after every treatment since. Right now, I have 0/10 pain for 80% of my day. There will be irritation, 2-3/10, if I overdue certain activities, or just do dumb stuff. Ha ha! I am still in treatment and will continue to do so as long as Dr. Wheaton recommends.
I write this with great joy at the results of Dr. Wheaton’s care. I have not missed a day of work because of the treatments. I have modified my schedule and technique to reduce the stress on the elbow and will continue that also.
I want to thank you for your excellent care of my elbow and for your candor when I decided to try an alternate therapy You have my highest respect as a surgeon and I will gladly continue to refer patients to you and many others at the Orthopedic Institute. This letter is only meant to inform and explain my experience after choosing a “road less traveled”.
Mitch L. R., Doctor of Chiropractic
I had my second Prolotherapy treatment on both of my feet on Tuesday, and today feel a marked improvement! It’s been many, many months since my feet have felt this good. I see Dr. Wheaton at his Excelsior office. Both of the podiatrists that I saw, prior to seeing Dr. Wheaton, told me that I needed surgery on both feet. I’m so very, very thankful that I heard about Prolotherapy and that Dr. Wheaton has been able to help me.
I am so amazed and grateful for Dr. Mark. I came to his office in Dec, 2014 to treat my neck for severe headaches. I have had headaches and migraines for 30+ years. My headaches were infrequent but when I had them, I was in pain. Dr. Mark did one Prolotherapy session on both sides of my neck. It is now 6 months later and my headaches disappeared to about 5% frequency. I do get a headache when I eat certain foods or a glass of wine, but they are not as intense as they were before. I wish I had come in sooner. I am amazed at the difference. Dr. Mark is a miracle worker.
I’ve had my ankle treated due to a broken bone. I fell wile roller blading and broke my tibula and fibula – a clean break. The doctors gave me surgery to install a titanium plate and screws. I came to Dr. Mark and have had four injections. My level of pain before the injections was a 5/10. I wasn’t able to run a year after I broke my ankle because it was stiff and ached all the time. I had physical therapy to relieve the symptoms but the pain would come back. I decided to have Dr. Mark do Prolotherapy. I have no more pain, or weakness and I’m able to run again. I’ve run in 5k’s and working towards a half marathon. Without Dr. Mark I would not have been able to run again. I cam to Dr. Mark for a sprained ankle even before I went to urgent care.
My scars have healed with Dr. Wheaton’s neural injections.
Dr. Mark is my ‘go to’ person for all of my joint pain.
I was snowboarding and I landed on my right shoulder. I stretched out my ligaments in my right shoulder that hold the glenrolhumeral joint in place. My subscapularis muscle and acromiocoracoid ligament were also damaged. i tried many things to fix this problem such as chiropractor, acupuncture and physiology therapy. Nothing worked until I found Prolotherapy. I have been doing Prolotherapy for 5 months now and have seen great results. It feels much stronger now.