What is Prolotherapy?
Prolotherapy is a minimally invasive injection technique using a simple solution of dextrose and lidocaine (a local anesthetic). This solution is introduced to the torn tendon, ligament, or damaged joint capsule. From there your own body does the rest of the work.
Tendons and ligaments have a very limited blood supply if at all, and thus their ability to heal is severely limited due to lack of immune response at the location of the injury. This can cause chronic weakened ligaments and joints which could result in chronic pain and degeneration in that joint or even other parts of the body. Prolotherapy initiates the body’s immune response to the site of injection to help regenerate the damaged cartilage, ligaments or tendons.
Platelet rich plasma regenerative injections
Why use Prolotherapy?
The goal of Prolotherapy is permanent healing for areas of chronic pain caused by damage to ligaments and tendons.
Unlike NSAIDS, cortisone shots, arthroscopy, joint replacement surgery or other surgeries, Prolotherapy encourages your body to heal itself by initiating healing inflammation in the area, rather than suppressing it or removing the damaged tissues surgically.
When you damage a joint or structure to your body, it initiates a cascade that will try to heal that area. This we call inflammation. It is not the inflammation that is causing the pain per say, but rather the damage to the nerves and tissues.
Medication and treatments that suppress this natural inflammation address the pain only in the short term and do little to heal the tissues in the long term. In fact, cortisone treatments can over the long term cause more tissue damage, leading to further disability and pain.