Prolotherapy is the injection of a substance (i.e. Dextrose) which promotes growth of normal cells. Pain and dysfunction is often caused by weakened tendons, ligaments and soft tissues. These weakened structures can be healed and strengthened by a series of injections of this substance (i.e. Dextrose) into them. These injections invoke the body’s natural healing response to strengthen the tissues and structures without causing the harmful effects that steroids cause. In effect the pain decreases or completely goes away and the function of the joint/structure improves.
Prolo stands for proliferation or growth of new tissues in areas where it has become weak.
Prolotherapy is an injection technique used to heal injuries that aren’t healing correctly including SPORTS INJURIES and chronic injuries. Prolotherapy does not cover up the symptoms of the injury for a temporary fix. It gets to the heart of the issue to permanently fix the injured area. It is used widely in the athletes and chronic pain patients. Pain from athletic injuries, motor vehicle accidents, whiplash injuries and headaches, sprains/strains, chronic neck/back/joint pain and overuse injuries, as well as the list below are all treated with Prolotherapy.
Used by many professional and amateur athletes, Prolotherapy is also known as non-surgical ligament reconstruction, and is a permanent treatment for chronic pain. Ligaments are what hold bones together at the joint whether in the knee or the back or other body area. When they are injured, these tight rubber bands that keep the joint together become loose and the joint loses its integrity. This causes pain. The poor blood supply to the ligaments makes it hard for them to heal and they often do not which leads to this chronic pain. Prolo- means to regenerate and is short for proliferation, because the treatment causes the proliferation (growth, formation) of new ligament tissue in areas where it has become weak. This causes the ligaments to become strong again and keep the joint properly intact. The pain and dysfunction then goes away as the problem is now fixed. The response to treatment varies from patient to patient, and depends upon one’s healing ability. Some people may only need a few treatments while others may need 6-8. These treatments are done at 4-6 weeks intervals.
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