Understanding Prolotherapy and How It Works - Valley Sports Medicine

Understanding Prolotherapy and How It Works

Category: Prolotherapy

What Is Prolotherapy?

Prolotherapy is a form of therapy that makes use of the body’s natural responses to injury to relieve pain and promote healing. Also known as proliferative or regenerative therapy, it has proven to be very useful in the treatment of stiff joints and muscle pains. The best part is that it is minimally invasive and eliminates the need to rely on painkillers.

The Procedure And How It Works

With Prolotherapy, a special solution is injected into the joint space or injured tendon. The most common solution is a very safe mixture of dextrose (a sugar) and Novocain. The sugar stimulates the body’s natural healing response, and the Novocain helps decrease pain. Depending on the condition and the extent of the injury, the injections are given every 2 to 6 weeks in an aseptic controlled environment.

Current And Proposed Applications Of This Treatment

Currently, Prolotherapy prolotherapy is indicated for muscle, tendon and ligament injuries and for joint arthritis. It is particularly popular with sports injuries, such as ligament tears, muscle sprains, etc. The safe and quick mode of action is responsible for its widespread popularity and ensures that athletes are back on their feet in no time.

Prolotherapy has also been proven to be very effective in the treatment of chronic lower back pain, tendinitis as well as arthritis.

There is currently research going on in its application in other conditions. And with the success rates seen with these current applications, there is no doubt that proliferation therapy is the future of regeneration medicine.

Possible Risks And Side Effects

Often, the side effects experienced are because of poor application and not the solution itself. Reported side effects have been quite mild and rare.

As the recipient of this treatment, the best way to avoid these side effects is by ensuring that you work with formally trained experts. It is also important to avoid the treatment if the joint or tendon in question is already inflamed because of local infection or trauma such as fractures.

Would You Benefit From Prolotherapy?

If you have some form of chronic joint or muscle pain, then chances are that Prolotherapy will help relieve you of the excruciating burden. Whether it is early onset arthritis or chronic back pain due to age, you can rest assured that you will be dumping your pain meds in no time.

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