Real Hope for Pain Sufferers
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What is Prolotherapy?
Prolotherapy is a safe, non-surgical treatment for chronic musculoskeletal pain and ligament reconstruction. This regenerative technique used to strengthen ligaments, tendons, and joints which are damaged or weakened due to injury or aging.
Prolotherapy promotes and accelerates the body’s own natural healing processes to reduce pain, repair and rebuild tissue.
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 which help stimulate new collagen growth within ligaments and tendons. This is achieved through injection of various solutions which include naturally occurring dextrose-based solutions or platelet rich plasma (PRP).
What Conditions Can Be Treated:
Many conditions have been effectively treated with prolotherapy including:
How Many Prolotherapy Treatments Are Necessary?
Most patients require a series of injections. The exact number depends on the location of the tissue damage, the severity of the condition, and how well an individual heals. The average patient receives three to six rounds of treatment may be necessary, spaced about 4-6 weeks apart. During that time, it is very important to adopt a healthy lifestyle which includes diet, exercise, and cessation of smoking. Patience is also key as it takes time to heal.
Prolotherapy within Ligaments and Tendons
Prolotherapy is great for healing ligaments, tendons, and cartilage. 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 then 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 only mask pain and provide temporary relief— they don’t treat the cause.
The Difference Between Prolotherapy and Cortisone
Cortisone may provide temporary relief from pan, but eventually the problem comes back because the joint is swelling. The swelling is there because
the joint is unstable. Ligaments are damaged, and the joint is loose.
The body is trying to stabilize the joint by swelling it. The body tries to stabilize joints by swelling to protect cartilage, muscle spasms to protect
nerves, and developing bone spurs to protect adjacent joints.
When cortisone masks the pain, an individual may go back to playing golf or tennis (for example) and cause increased damage and not know it or feel it.
Prolotherapy, in contrast to cortisone is proliferative therapy. Proliferative therapy includes any prolotherapy injection techniques such as platelet rich plasma or stem cell therapy that stimulate the repair of tissue.
By strengthening ligaments, tendons, and soft tissue, prolotherapy actually re-creates stability inside the joint so there is less force on your cartilage and surrounding tissue.