What Is Prolotherapy?
Prolotherapy is an advanced, nonsurgical medical procedure that treats chronic pain
caused by weak or damaged connective tissues—namely ligaments, tendons and cartilage.
“Prolo” is short for “proliferation,” because the treatment causes the proliferation
(rapid-growth formation) of new ligament tissue in targeted areas.
What Is The Root Pain Problem Being Solved?
Ligaments are the structural “rubber bands” that hold bones to bones in joints. Ligaments can become weak or injured and may not heal back to their original strength or endurance. This is largely because the blood supply to ligaments is limited and, therefore, healing is slow and not always complete.
To further complicate this, ligaments also have many nerve endings and, therefore, the person will feel pain at the areas where the ligaments are damaged or loose.
Tendons are the tissues that connect muscles to bones. And, just like ligaments, tendons can also suffer injury and cause pain.
How Does Prolotherapy Work?
It involves a dextrose (sugar-water) solution, injected into the ligament or tendon at the point of attachment to the bone. This causes a localized inflammation in these weak areas—which, then, increases the blood supply and flow of nutrients that stimulate the tissue’s natural repair process.
When Was Prolotherapy First Used?
Historically, the prolotherapy “technique” was conceived by Hippocrates, as he used it on soldiers with dislocated, torn shoulder joints. His method was to stick a hot poker into the joint, after which the joint would miraculously heal.
Of course, prolotherapy has evolved dramatically since the days of hot pokers, but the principle is the same—tell the body to repair itself, as it naturally has the ability to do.
Injuries Treated Include:
- Back pain
- Neck pain
- Sports injuries
- Unresolved whiplash injuries
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Chronic tendonitis
- Partially torn tendons, ligaments and cartilage
- Degenerated or herniated discs
—and other musculoskeletal issues
Ideal Candidates Have:
- Physician-diagnosed ligament or tendon stress or damage
- Determination to follow a healing process—not looking for a “quick fix”
- Strong immune system
- Healthy eating habits
- Optimism (very important)
Patients Should Expect:
- Several treatments over a period of a few weeks
- Avg. 4 to 6 treatments, but could be 10 or more, depending on one’s natural healing ability
- Some pain and soreness during and after treatments, until healing is complete | Learn more
- The potential for out-of-pocket cost | Pricing and insurance questions?