Stimulating the Body’s Natural Healing Response
Ligaments and tendons can often times become compromised from sports injuries, trauma, aging and every day wear and tear, which later turns into nagging joint pain. Prolotherapy involves injections of irritant solution (most often Dextrose) into ligaments and tendons supporting affected joints. This causes a local, controlled inflammation in these weakened areas, which leads to an increase in blood supply and flow of nutrients, growth factors and mediators; effectively stimulating the tissue into repairing itself.
Prolotherapy gained its name because it causes proliferation: growth and formation of new collagen fibers. Weak ligaments and tendons lead to joint instability, which leads to pain and loss of function. Prolotherapy treatments strengthen these weakened areas, leading to improved joint and muscle function with significantly less pain.
Because many people tend to view inflammation as negative, it may seem counter-intuitive to stimulate an inflammatory response. But inflammation is actually a major part in your body’s healing response! Inflammation is like a nutrient highway to the damaged areas. The case many long-term injuries is that the healing process was never completed, leaving behind scarred tissue. By stimulating inflammation in the area of the injury, you’re actually re-starting the healing process!
Prolotherapy is a safe, non-invasive, drug-free and affordable treatment for those requiring chronic pain medication, cortisone or other steroid shots, or even surgery. Typically 2-8 sessions are needed to help you reach maximum relief. Each session includes multiple injections to the affected area. The amount of sessions needed depends on the extent of your injury.