What is Prolotherapy?

08/07/14

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Prolotherapy (proliferative therapy), also know as sclerotherapy, nonsurgical ligament and tendon reconstruction therapy and regenerative injection therapy, is a recognized orthopedic procedure and treatment for chronic pain. Prolotherapy stimulates the body's natural healing processes to strengthen joints, ligaments and tendon attachments weakened by traumatic or over-use injury. These injured ligament and tendons lose their normal resiliency and strength, predisposing them to further injury. Prolotherapy uses the body's natural healing processes to actually make repairs to the damaged tissue, at the source of the problem. The introduction of an irritant solution into the supporting tissues around the injury creates a slight inflammation that signals the body to increase the blood supply to the area. This in turn brings healing cells to the spot, which help the injured tissues within and around the treated area to make repairs to themselves over the next several weeks.

Although this treatment has been around for over 50 years, it is often overlooked by the medical community. Traditional approaches with surgery and anti-inflammatory drugs often fail to relieve pain permanently. While anti-inflammatory drugs provide temporary relief of pain, they do not fix the underlying problem. Steroids and NSAIDs, such as aspirin, Motrin, and Advil should not be taken while undergoing Prolotherapy. They inhibit the inflammation caused by the treatment, which can cause the treatment to be unsuccessful. Prolotherapy can stop the arthritic process and help to eliminate chronic pain, often permanently.

Prolotherapy can be helpful for many types of musculoskeltal pain, including arthritis, back pain, neck pain, knee pain, ankle pain, sciatica, partially torn tendons, ligaments, and cartilage, carpal tunnel, rotator cuff, tennis elbow, golfers elbow, unresolved whiplash injuries, sports injuries, and degenerated discs.

For more information please feel free to visit:

The American Osteopathic Association of Prolotherapy Integrative Pain Management Website at AOAPIPM

 

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