Many of us have aches or pains that just won’t go away no matter what we do. Medications, rest, physical therapy, acupuncture, manipulation, etc. Somehow that pain either never goes away or just keeps coming back. But one thing many of us have not tried is Prolotherapy.
Prolotherapy is a technique that helps to stimulate the body’s ability to repair a painful area when the natural healing process is not enough. In most cases Prolotherapy is effective at eliminating chronic pain due to ligament and tendon weakness 80 to 90 percent of the time.
You might wonder why you still have pain in an injured area or why that area remains weak, even after a healing period of weeks, months or years. The answer lies in the fact that both ligaments and tendons have very poor circulation. These areas may have little or no blood flow, but they have lots of nerves. When they become weak, nerves around the ligaments and tendons become stretched and irritated which produces pain.
Prolotherapy involves the injection of a solution that causes an inflammatory response which stimulates the healing process. This results in a stronger or larger tendon or ligament that can hold body structures in place more effectively. The weakened area heals, and the patient's pain is reduced or eliminated. It is also an excellent alternative to cortisone injections, which long term studies have shown to actually weaken tissue.
Most patients require about 6 treatments to restore function and relieve pain. The treatments are usually given at about 3 week intervals.
In addition to sports injuries, Prolotherapy is effective in back & neck, shoulder, knee, and other joint pain; tendonitis, arthritis, herniated disc and headaches. If it involves a tendon or ligament, chances are prolotherapy will help.