Prolotherapy is a treatment technique used for chronic myofascial pain, back pain, osteoarthritis, or sports injury. It involves repeated injections of different concentration dextrose solution into the joint, tendon, or painful tissue in order to provoke a regenerative tissue response. Similar techniques have been used for about a century, but the first formal publication describing prolotherapy dates back to 1956, by Dr. George Hackett.
Prolotherapy is a recognized procedure that stimulates the body's natural healing processes to strengthen joints weakened by trauma or arthritis. Joints weakened when ligaments and tendons are stretched, torn, or fragmented, become hypermobile and painful. Traditional approaches with anti-inflammatory drugs and surgery often fail to stabilize the joint and relieve pain permanently.
Prolotherapy has the unique ability to directly address the cause of instability and repair the weakened sites, resulting in permanent stabilization of the joint. When specialized substances are precisely injected into the site of pain or injury, prolotherapy creates a mild, controlled inflammation which stimulates the body to lay down new tendon or ligament fibers, resulting in a strengthening of the weakened structure. When the joint becomes strong, pain will be relieved.
Conditions responsive to prolotherapy include TMJ Pain, Shoulder Pain, Rotator Cuff injuries, Elbow Pain, Tennis Elbows, Wrist Pain, Arthritis of the Hand, Knee Pain, Cartilage Injury, ACL Strain, Headaches, Neck Pain, Upper back pain, Low back Pain, Sacroiliac Pain, Sciatica, Ankle Sprains, Foot Pain, Arch & heel pain.
Prolotherapy is an extremely safe procedure that has been practiced for over 50 years. The number of treatments required depends upon the severity of the condition and the area treated. The average person usually requires 4-6 treatments given at 4 weeks intervals. More than one painful area can be treated during an office visit and many patients report partial or complete relief of their pain after one or two treatments.
Prolotherapy can provide the relief that is not found with other forms of pain management such as acupuncture, chiropractic, physical therapy and pharmaceutical (drugs) for it treats the cause of many painful conditions (weakened ligaments and tendon attachments). Prolotherapy should always be considered when surgery is recommended.