Prolotherapy or proliferation therapy is a treatment that uses an irritant solution that is injected into a joint space, ligaments or tendons. A typical solution may contain a local anesthetic (lidocaine or procaine), dextrose (sugar water) and methylcobalamin (vitamin B12). By injecting an irritant solution into the affected area, we create a local inflammatory cascade, initiating a new localized healing phase. Cells that are involved in the body’s natural inflammatory response are recruited to the area to heal and repair tissues including ligaments and tendons.
Prolotherapy is an excellent treatment for many types of musculoskeletal conditions. It can help with joint pain and stiffness, improve joint function and spine movement. Prolotherapy strengthens and tightens the ligaments of any joint in the body. This is particularly helpful in joints such as shoulders, knees, or ankles that tend to take a lot of abuse over the years and can get stretched. Once the ligaments are stretched it is very difficult for them to regain their original structure. Leading to joint instability which the body attempts to compensate for by tightening up surrounding muscles, leading to a pain-spasm cycle.
Prolotherapy can help with the following conditions:
- Low Back Pain
- Knee Pain
- Hip Pain
- Ligament Laxity
- Partially Torn Ligaments or Tendon
- Tennis/Golfer’s Elbow
- Mild to Moderate Osteoarthritis
- Plantar Fasciitis
- TMJ Syndrome
- Achilles’ Tendonitis
- Rotator Cuff Tears
- Meniscus Tears
Prolotherapy is a minimally invasive, safe and effective treatment. Benefits are often seen in 3 to 6 treatment sessions.