Prolotheraphy

Conditions

Prolotherapy has proven to be effective at eliminating the pain from chronic (and in some cases acute) back and neck pain, shoulder, knee and other joint pain, tendinitis and bursitis. Additionally, prolotherapy may assist in pain relief for:

Sports injuries, arthritis, sciatica, degenerated joints, fibromyalgia, headaches knee injuries tendinitis (such as tennis and golfer’s elbow)bursitis, hip dysfunction, bulging discs, acl tears, rotator cuff injuries, other injuries of the joints, ligaments, and tendons.

Prolotherapy is an excellent alternative to cortisone injections.

Causes

Sometimes an injured area still has pain, or may remain weak, after a healing period of weeks, months or years. The reason is because both ligaments and tendons have poor circulation, and this lack of blood supply deprives the body of the nutrients needed to heal properly. These weakened areas may have little or no blood flow, even though they are well supplied with nerves. This is why you may feel a significant amount of pain, even weeks or months after the original injury. When ligaments become relaxed and weak this can also lead to increased cartilage degeneration and bone-on-bone friction, which may result in arthritis type pain. In addition, the nerves around these soft tissues often become stretched and irritated, which is another source of pain.

Treatment

Prolotherapy is a natural non-surgical method of assisting the body to heal injured or weakened joints, ligaments, and tendons. During prolotherapy, the weakened areas are injected with a solution that stimulates the growth of healthy, strong tissues. As the tendons and ligaments grow stronger and vibrant, the pain is alleviated and motion is restored.

Prolotherapy helps your body make new cells, which strengthen lax or torn tendons and ligaments (ligaments are the tough tissues which connect bones to bones and tendons are the same kind of tissue which connect muscles to bones).

The prolotherapy technique involves the injection of a proliferant (a mild irritant solution – dextrose, phenol, glycerin, etc.), which causes the tissues to become inflamed, promoting a bodily response which then stimulates the healing process. The result of prolotherapy is a stronger or larger tendon or ligament, that helps hold body structures in place more effectively. The weakened area heals, and the patient’s pain is reduced or eliminated.

Most patients will require between four and six prolotherapy treatments to restore function and relieve pain. The treatments are typically given at two to four week intervals.