Got Joint Pain?
Prolotherapy can Help!
Prolotherapy is an effective non-surgical treatment for joint pain. The name “Prolotherapy” specifically means “proliferative therapy”. This treatment is described as proliferative because it stimulates an increase in new cellular tissue. In addition, prolotherapy causes an increase in the strength, density, and health of the tissue that has been injected.
Prolotherapy activates the bodies’ own healing mechanisms to address the cause of pain. It is an effective way to treat chronic and acute pain without the use of prescription drugs or surgery.
Many pain problems are related to joint instability.
Joints are stabilized by a complex array of ligaments and tendons. Ligaments hold the bone components of a joint in place. Muscles that move joints are tethered to bone by a fibrous connective tissue known as tendons. Because tendons and ligaments do not have a very good blood supply, healing from a sprain or strain is often incomplete and inadequate.
Often times NSAIDs and cortisone are used to manage the pain of injured or degenerating joints. Overuse of these substances can disrupt normal healing processes causing the original injury to persist – leading to more pain and instability. Incomplete repair of tendons and ligaments can cause chronic instability, pain, and an increased likelihood of further injury.
Prolotherapy involves the injection of an irritant solution, usually dextrose (sugar) and lidocaine (anesthetic), into areas of damaged tissue. Injection sites may include ligaments, tendons, and/or joint space. The prolotherapy solution causes an increase in blood supply, immune cells and nutrients to the weak area. The end result is that your healing systems recruit connective tissue building cells - causing the proliferation of new collagen. New collagen shrinks as it matures which tightens the ligament and/or tendon – increasing strength and alleviating pain.
Prolotherapy has also shown promising benefits by modifying the cartilage along joint surfaces using the same natural healing processes. This will often lead to an increase in joint space and relief of joint pain. There are many conditions and areas that can be treated with prolotherapy.
Common Areas and Conditions Treated
In addition to Back, Hip, Neck, Shoulder, Knee, Elbow, Foot, Ankle, Hand, Wrist, Finger and Toe pain – the following pain conditions can all be treated effectively with prolotherapy.
Loose joints (Hypermobility)
This list is not everything - but you get the idea.