Prolotherapy is a simple, natural technique that stimulates the body to repair the painful area when the natural healing process needs assistance. Prolotherapy technique consists of using a fine needle to inject a proliferative solution into incompetent tendons, ligaments, and joints for the purpose of stimulating new growth and repair, thereby promoting joint stability and reduction of pain.
The term Prolotherapy was coined by George S. Hackett, M.D. the “father of Prolotherapy” in 1956. His research revealed that the injection of dextrose at the fibro-osseous junction creates an inflammatory response and the migration of fibroblasts (the body’s repair cells) to the site of injection. Fibroblasts lay down new connective tissue and in so doing, enlarge and strengthen the damaged tendons, ligaments and cartilage.
Prolotherapy can be used to treat many different types of injuries including sprains, strains, bursitis, tendonitis, meniscal tears, and osteoarthritis. These injuries can produce chronic pain in the elbows, wrists, hands, shoulders, hips, knees, neck, ribs, back and sacrum.
Prolotherapy has a high success rate and can cause 100% relief from pain and improved function. Benefits may be felt with one treatment; however a normal course of treatment is usually 3-6 treatments per area or more depending on the individual.
Other beneficial treatments for pain and injury include neural therapy, trigger point therapy, homeopathy, acupuncture, hydrotherapy, and nutritional supplementation. Any of these modalities may be incorporated in your treatment protocol to maximize your healing potential and return to health.