Prolotherapy and PRP
Prolotherapy within Ligaments and Tendons
prolotherapyProlotherapy is a minimally invasive regenerative injection procedure. They are a safe non -surgical treatment for chronic pain, arthritis, injuries. Prolotherapy works by stimulating healing and repair of damaged ligaments and tendons. This procedure utilizes the body’s own immune response to repair, rebuild, and re-strengthen the area being treated.
Prolotherapy can treat a variety of conditions which include chronic neck, back, shoulder, knee, hand, and foot pain. Traditionally a dextrose solution is used to stimulate healing however, other substances such as platelet rich plasma, growth hormone, or testosterone can also be used.
When ligaments become damaged and are left untreated, they become loose which than allows the bones in the joint to excessively move. This often leads to pain, muscle spasms, and eventually arthritis.
In several studies up to 90% of patients received good to excellent results in function and pain relief. Most other treatments that are utilized in today’s world of medicine only mask pain and provide temporary relief—in other words it doesn’t treat the cause.
For most patients, 3 to 6 sessions of prolotherapy are needed to provide optimal results. During that time, it is very important to adopt a healthy life style which includes diet, exercise, and cessation of smoking. Patience is also key as it takes time to heal.
What is prolotherapy?
Prolotherapy is a nonsurgical treatment for chronic musculoskeletal pain. This is accomplished through injection. Prolotherapy is used to strengthen ligaments, tendons, and joints which are injured. This incorporates the use of various solutions which include dextrose based solutions as well as platelet rich plasma “PRP”.
How does prolotherapy work?
Prolotherapy works by causing an initial reaction of localized inflammation which triggers your body to heal itself. This wound healing cascade increases blood supply and a flow of growth factors. This helps stimulate new collagen growth within ligaments and tendons.
What Conditions Can Be Treated:
- Back pain/sciatica
- Sacroiliac dysfunction
- Whiplash injuries
- Neck pain
- Shoulder and rotator cuff pain
- Tennis and golfers elbow
- Sports injuries
- Muscle and tendon pain
- Wrist and Hand pain
- Arthritis and joint pain