Prolotherapy is the injection of a toxic substance in the area of the upper cervical spine. This is dangerous and the potential risks are very high. Of course, surgical fusion is also risky but in good hands, the surgeon is visualizing the surgical area carefully. With prolotherapy, the injectionist has a general idea where the caustic substance is going but it is not exact. An inadvertent injection into the vertebral artery can lead to no good.
Donald Corenman, MD, DC is a highly-regarded spine surgeon, considered an expert in the area of neck and back pain. Trained as both a Medical Doctor and Doctor of Chiropractic, Dr. Corenman earned academic appointments as Clinical Assistant Professor and Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, and his research on spine surgery and rehabilitation has resulted in the publication of multiple peer-reviewed articles and two books.