What is Prolotherapy?
Prolotherapy is an injection used to repair injured tendons, ligaments and joints. Tendons and ligaments can be strained as they connect muscle, tissue and bone and involve joint stability and movement. These structures generally have a limited blood supply, meaning incomplete healing is common after injury. The incomplete healing results in a relaxed tendon/ ligament that can become a source of weakness and pain. Prolotherapy stimulates healing and can be used effectively to treat musculoskeletal conditions.
How does Prolotherapy work?
Prolotherapy is based on the principle of injecting a proliferant solution (mild irritant solution, usually 15-25% dextrose) directly into weak or damaged soft tissue where tendons and ligaments attach to the bone. This initiates an inflammatory response which promotes the body’s own wound healing mechanism by increasing the blood and nutrient supply to that area.
What can Prolotherapy treat?
Clinically, Prolotherapy has an 85% success rate for most types of musculoskeletal pain. It has been shown effective on areas of the body such as: neck, back, shoulder, elbow, hip, knee, ankle, foot or anywhere that a tendon or ligament may become strained, sprained, or overstretched.
Prolotherapy Treatment Protocol
Many patients report experiencing relief after only one session, however the average person requires 2-3 treatment sessions given at 4-6-week intervals.
Prolotherapy is an extremely safe procedure. The most common side effects experienced by patients are temporary increases in pain, stiffness, and swelling (1-2 days after due to the inflammatory response), as well as bleeding/bruising in the area.